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.
Hang Up And Listen
The 11th Worst Super Bowl in History How do you measure Super Bowl mediocrity? Slate correspondent Justin Peters stacks them up.
Watch Christiane Amanpour Investigate the Late Show With Stephen Colbert in a Charming, Funny Sketch
How to Hold Governments Accountable for the Algorithms They Use Algorithms determine prison sentences and Social Security benefits. So we need to know how they work.
Why You Hated the Super Bowl It was hard to tell if it was a great defensive contest, or a terrible offensive one.