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 Strong, Loud Type Chris Christie is offering a blunt-talking tough-guy routine to win over voters.
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Duggar Revelations Are Just the Latest Sex Abuse Scandal to Rock Far-Right Fundamentalism
What Happened at Slate This Week? Assistant interactives editor Andrew Kahn on the best of Slate, from the history of slavery to Mad Men.
Ironic Misandry Claims Its First Victim A woman tweets #KillAllWhiteMen and the Internet explodes.
How Things Break Ali fought Liston 50 years ago. Two legends were born, but another was broken.