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Curtis Hanson’s Sunny, Sinister ‘L.A. Confidential’

The late director's sprawling adaptation remains the ultimate tabloid film noir.

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A Minute to Breathe: Interview With Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

"The last thing I wanted to do was make a song that was preachy about climate change," says Reznor, who with Ross tackles the world's biggest issues on their own terms.

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Luigi Pirandello on Film: L’Umorismo and Confronting the Other of the Self

The Film Forum hosts seven films based on the writing of Luigi Pirandello that illustrate the complex ironies of the fractured Self.

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The Films of 2016 Didn’t See Trump Coming, Either

As a gauge of the American zeitgeist, 2016’s films provided no warning of the reactionary backlash the nation just woke up to.

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16 Dec 2016 // 4:00 AM

The Best Films of 2016

PopMatters presents a list of the best films that surfaced in 2016 and impressed us with their cinematic visions of where we’ve been.

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Home Alone: Laird Koenig’s ‘The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane’

Novelist Laird Koenig managed to capture the world of children with an exactitude that is rare nowadays. His children are often sagacious -- and sometimes they're sociopaths.

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High School Angst With an Edge: An Interview With Hailee Steinfeld

In her last few weeks as a teenager, Hailee Steinfeld talks about making The Edge of Seventeen and navigating her young acting career.

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How About Some Noah Baumbach, Paul Thomas Anderson, Robert Altman & Akira Kurosawa for the Holidays?

If you ever wonder why certain elements get tossed into a movie, remember: beauty never needs to be justified. These and other thoughts on recent Blu-ray releases.

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To the Sound of Music: Interview With ‘La La Land’s Damien Chazelle and Justin Hurwitz

In the thick of Awards season, director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz talk about their dazzling film, La La Land.

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6 Dec 2016 // 4:00 AM

Robert Altman, the Blackguard of American Elections

At times it feels as if Altman is forcing us to drink drain cleaner in order for us to feel the gut wrenching pain of the farce that American democracy has become.

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Confronting Evil, Determinism, and Death in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Exploring the darker core of a Christmas classic reveals just what is so wonderful about life.

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The Future and Past of Batman, Superman, Fantastic Four and Hunger Games

Can Batman and Superman save the DCEU or will their efforts fail, again? These and other The Next Reel speculations, past, present and future.

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‘Star Trek’: Where Have All the Starships Gone?

After the events of 9/11, many Star Trek fan clubs and online role playing ships disappeared from view. How do I know? I was one of the people in those communities.

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Let’s Get the Good Stuff Out: An Interview With James Newton Howard

Enamored with the power of storytelling, the Eight-time Academy Award nominee was pleased to write the score for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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A Departure From Everything: An Interview With Ben Browder of ‘Outlaws and Angels’

Sci-fi icon Ben Browder discusses his new film, his sci-fi past, and the ambiguous nature of heroes and villains.

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‘The Birth of a Nation’ Is a Lose-Lose for the Academy

Nate Parker's sexual assault acquittal forces the Academy to either support underrepresented black artists or stand against the sexism of which it has been accused -- but not both.

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‘The Contender’: The Last Film of the First Clinton Era

Sex, lies, and red tape: Should private lives matter in politics?

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‘Star Trek’ and the Evolution of “The Kiss” Controversy

From its first interracial kiss on TV in 1968 to the interspecies relationship in the reboot, Star Trek wants viewers to understand what it means to be mixed race and have interracial relationships.

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The Voice of the Demagogue and American So-Called Democracy

Gabriel Over the White House seriously asks a question that should only be asked as satire or farce: what if the best solution for the US is to have a fascist dictator in charge?

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The Sublime Marriage of Music and Image in ‘Fandango’

The 1985 cult-favorite is a textbook example of how to use music effectively in film. Yet, there was never an official soundtrack release.

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How a Song By Unknown Newcomer Adam Johnston Ended Up on Blondie's New Album

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"Adam Johnston of An Unkindness wrote a song at 17 years old and posted it online. Two years later, magic happened.

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