The $5-a-Night Film SchoolPatton Oswalt tells the story of his obsessive cinephilia—and declares his readiness to direct.
The WandererWith Meek's Cutoff, Kelly Reichardt makes the case that she deserves to be considered among the best American filmmakers.
The Greatest One-Off in Movie HistoryThe Night of the Hunter, Charles Laughton's only film, influenced Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, and the Coen brothers.
The Ubiquitous AndersonThe Brothers Bloom and the problem of Wes Anderson's pervasive influence.
The Return of Leos CaraxHoly Motors—one of the best movies of the year—will make you long for the movies the French auteur never made.
The Magnificent AmbersonsOrson Welles' original version may be lost to history, but even the compromised studio cut is a masterpiece—and it's finally on DVD.
Night Catches UsA criminally overlooked film about the legacy of the Black Power movement.
Down and Out, Not in Beverly HillsFrozen River, Wendy and Lucy, and other great new movies about America's poor.
Candid CamelotRobert Drew's documentaries captured the Kennedy mystique—and changed presidential politics forever.
If You Drop Your Air Conditioner Out the Window, the Only Thing That Matters Is Whether You Hurt Anyone
It's Not Just Josh Duggar—A String of Sex-Abuse Scandals Have Recently Rocked Christian Fundamentalism
What Happened at Slate This Week? Editorial assistant Rachel Gross on the best of Slate, from wedding debt to the evolution debate.
San Andreas Is a Crock But there’s a reason West Coast geologists are fixated on the “big one.”