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.
The Myths of Katrina Ten years after the storm, falsehoods about warnings, violence, and recovery persist. Here’s the truth.
More Than Twenty Years After the Story in Show Me a Hero, Yonkers’ Affordable-Housing Fight Isn’t Over
After 88 Firefighters Died in the Tianjin Blast, Chinese Officials Question Dangerous Chemical Procedures
What Happened at Slate This Week? International affairs writer Joshua Keating on what to read to understand the apparently permanent slowdown of the Chinese economy.