Say It Ain't So, JoseThe remarkable pertinence of two pre-steroid-era classics: Bull Durham and Eight Men Out.
The Mayor of HellJames Cagney and the formative years of the American gangster movie.
Would You Like a Hair Sandwich?The life and times of America's greatest hoaxer.
Guess Who's Coming To Solve Your MurderThe enduring pleasures of In the Heat of the Night, a liberal message movie that worked.
ZodiacFile it under: serial killer flick/brief on behalf of a just, liberal society.
"Now I Have a Machine Gun. Ho Ho Ho."Slate's guide to overlooked Christmas movies.
Close Encounters of the Third KindNevermind those little alien guys—how about that suburban malaise!
Not-So-Great Salt LakeWhy have even the environmentalists given up on the Salton Sea?
Greed Is Bad. Bad!Gordon Gekko was supposed to be a villain. Instead, he became a Wall Street folk hero.
A Second Look at Primary ColorsWhat can it tell us about Hillary '08?
Ham of the PeopleHow Al Pacino got typecast as Al Pacino.
Slouching Towards HollywoodThe screenwriting of Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne.
Twin Peaks RevisitedThe second season is not what it seems.
Hollywood HemingwayHow the movies mangled great fiction.
Noir AmericaCynics, sluts, heists, and murder most foul.
It's a New Box Set!How much would you pay for a four-disc collection of the best episodes of The Price Is Right?
Fugue InterstateLost Highway—the O.J. Simpson story by way of Vertigo as imagined by David Lynch—finally comes to DVD.
White Shoe, Black HatMichael Clayton's devastating critique of the legal profession.
I Live in FearWhat Kurosawa's forgotten film about the bomb captures about post-9/11 America.
Go East, Young Man Two-Lane Blacktop was supposed to be the next Easy Rider. But it went in a different direction.
The Lady VanishesHitchcock's first Hitchcock film.
Confessions of a Jericho FanIt's not good. It's not so-bad-it's-good. It's just plain mediocre. And yet I watch.
The Cineaste of CoolHow Jim Jarmusch's hipness distracts from his greatness.
Scent of a ManAl Pacino hunts a killer in New York City gay bars in Cruising.
David Lynch Goes DigitalWhy Inland Empire is better on your TV than it was on the big screen.
Popeye the EverymanRediscovering the weird, wonderful, working-class hero of the original Popeye cartoons. Plus: Why spinach.
Snob vs. SnobDon't let your memory fool you. Chevy Chase's Fletch is abominably bad.
Violent DisagreementWhat Cho Seung-Hui got wrong about Oldboy.
Meet the Hindustani Malcolm XLooking for pulse-pounding excitement in Richard Attenborough's Gandhi.
Reagan's Favorite SitcomHow Family Ties spawned a conservative hero.