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  • The Son
  • Divine Intervention
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Mid-year Reckoning (2003)

21 films

Midyear Examination. At which point an art installation shows film what’s up.

Chen Kaige’s Together is the most encouraging pop…

  • A Quiet Passion
  • Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo
  • Staying Vertical
  • The Son of Joseph
  • The Assignment

Mid-Year Reckoning (2017)

15 films

In a sea of juvenile junk, only five American movies make the cut.

What we used to think of as…

  • Munich
  • War of the Worlds
  • 2046
  • Kung Fu Hustle
  • My Mother's Smile
  • Unforgivable
  • The Deep Blue Sea
  • Damsels in Distress
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Dark Horse

Mid-year Reckoning (2012)

35 films

2012's best so far and Sarris remembered.

This year, I want to do the Mid-Year Reckoning differently, as a tribute…

  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • The Day I Became a Woman
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Faat Kiné
  • Adventures of Félix

Mid-year Reckoning (2001)

28 films

Countdown to Crisis.

Once again it’s worthwhile, at the year’s two-thirds point, to set the culture on a sensible track…

  • George Washington
  • Humanité
  • Time Regained
  • The House of Mirth
  • Orphans

Top 10 in 2000

10 films

My Top 11 starts with Disco Volante by Cinerama, the new band of The Wedding Present’s David Gedge (a Connery…

  • The Best of Enemies
  • Domino
  • Dragged Across Concrete
  • Fast Color
  • Greta

Mid-year Reckoning (2019)

17 films

Where movie culture stands in the summer of debate, disinformation, and sequelitisWhere movie culture stands in the summer of debate,…

  • Together
  • The Son
  • In America
  • Porn Theater
  • The Company

Top 10 in 2003

10 films

It usually takes two years for the effect of real-life events to be felt in mainstream movies. Still, onscreen responses…

  • Any Given Sunday
  • World Trade Center
  • JFK
  • Alexander
  • Natural Born Killers

Oliver's Army

10 films

Out of an audacious, ambitious filmography, these are Oliver Stone’s Top 10 Movies (before W.).

  • The Blair Witch Project
  • American Beauty
  • Liberty Heights
  • Fight Club
  • Magnolia

Ten Most Destructive Movies of 1999

10 films

The richest movie year of the decade bursts the bounds of a 10-best list. But because insanity persists in film…

  • Amistad
  • Young Mr. Lincoln
  • 1776
  • The President's Lady
  • Nashville
  • 4 Moons
  • Pride
  • Me and You
  • The Way He Looks
  • Young & Beautiful

4 Moons and the Best Gay Movies of 2014

10 films

Gay filmmakers lay claim to the mainstream.

Moonlight's Oscar promotes film culture homophobia. Dig this instead.

If any of these…