Elbert Ventura

Elbert Ventura is managing editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas.

Culturebox
Oct. 18 2012 7:15 AMThe 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.
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Sept. 13 2011 1:00 PMThe 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.
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Feb. 1 2011 10:15 AMNight Catches UsA criminally overlooked film about the legacy of the Black Power movement.
Summer Movies
July 29 2010 10:03 AMSave Paul RuddHollywood is squandering one of its greatest comedic resources.
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Nov. 11 2009 7:11 AMShadowsJohn Cassavetes' startling directorial debut changed American movies forever.
Culturebox
Jan. 29 2009 6:49 AMDown and Out, Not in Beverly HillsFrozen River, Wendy and Lucy, and other great new movies about America's poor.
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Aug. 5 2008 5:53 AMCandid CamelotRobert Drew's documentaries captured the Kennedy mystique—and changed presidential politics forever.
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Dec. 26 2007 12:02 PMGo East, Young Man Two-Lane Blacktop was supposed to be the next Easy Rider. But it went in a different direction.
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Feb. 23 2012 8:00 AMPalm Tree of LifeThe sneaky profundity of The Descendants.
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April 7 2011 10:20 AMThe WandererWith Meek's Cutoff, Kelly Reichardt makes the case that she deserves to be considered among the best American filmmakers.
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Nov. 9 2010 10:12 AMThe Greatest One-Off in Movie HistoryThe Night of the Hunter, Charles Laughton's only film, influenced Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, and the Coen brothers.
Culturebox
Feb. 18 2010 11:52 AMAging BullHas the fight gone out of Martin Scorsese?
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May 21 2009 6:41 AMThe Ubiquitous AndersonThe Brothers Bloom and the problem of Wes Anderson's pervasive influence.
Culturebox
Oct. 16 2008 6:57 AMBush on FilmHollywood's eight-year romance with the 43rd president.
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Jan. 7 2008 7:33 AMZodiacFile it under: serial killer flick/brief on behalf of a just, liberal society.
Summer Movies
June 27 2007 12:47 PMThe Original TarantinoHow Sergio Leone ushered in our borderless pop culture.