The Play for Tomorrow: Steve McQueen’s Small Axe by Michael Sicinski

The Crowd is Dead, Long Live the Crowd! by Erika Balsom

All the Fountains of the Great Deep: Artavazd Pelechian’s La Nature by Phil Coldiron

Minority Report: Armond White Wants to Make Spielberg Great Again by Adam Nayman

F for Fake: Mank by Andrew Tracy

Minimalist Maximalism: The Hilarious Horror of Don Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow by Christoph Huber

I Thought I Was Seeing Palestinians: On Kamal Aljafari by Kaleem Hawa

The Limbs of Satan: A Century of Flappers on Film by Alicia Fletcher

Juliet Berto, où êtes vous? by Steve Macfarlane


Beginning by Lawrence Garcia

The Calming by Courtney Duckworth

City Hall by Josh Cabrita

Genus Pan by Jesse Cumming

Her Socialist Smile by Jordan Cronk

Inconvenient Indian and Trickster by Gabrielle Marceau

There Are Not Thirty-Six Ways of Showing a Man Getting on a Horse by Devika Girish


Editor’s Note by Mark Peranson

Film/Art | Slow Reading by Haden Guest

Books | Auditorium of the Head: JG Ballard in (and on) Cinema by Celluloid Liberation Front

Global Discoveries on DVD by Jonathan Rosenbaum

Exploded View | Michael Snow’s Cover to Cover by Chuck Stephens


Nomadland by Robert Koehler

Hillbilly Elegy by Darren Hughes

Another Round by Angelo Muredda

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan by Brendan Boyle


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