January/February 2018

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Cover: Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread by Sheila O'Malley

Special Section: Best of 2017
The best films of the year, with cases made for each by the magazine’s contributors, plus personal selections that didn’t crack the top 20
Top 20 Unreleased Films, Personal Bests, and Editors’ Picks
Two essays on a year of horror(s) by Laura Kern and Violet Lucca

Features: Valeska Grisebach’s Western by Haden Guest
Philippe Garrel interview by Yonca Talu
Steven Spielberg's The Post by Michael Koresky
Jia Zhangke and the Pingyao Film Festival by Andrew Chan
Chinese multiplexes by Nick Pinkerton

Inspired: Armando Iannucci on The Death of Stalin

Release Me: Antonio Méndez Esparza’s Life and Nothing More by Jordan Cronk

Directions: Black Panther and Mudbound DP Rachel Morrison by Robert Horton

Restoration Row: Anders Grafstrom’s The Long Island Four by Max Nelson

Critics’ Choice: Critics rate and comment on new releases

Make It Real: Overlooked documentaries in 2017 by Eric Hynes

Inside Stories: Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Carne y Arena (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible) by Jordan Cronk

Art and Craft: Heidi Moneymaker, stuntperson

Playing Along: Franz Waxman’s score for Taras Bulba (1962) by Gary Giddins

Currents: Katharina Wyss’s Sarah Plays a Werewolf by Nicolas Rapold, Zhang Mengqi’s Self-Portrait: Birth in 47km by Abby Sun, Eugène Green’s En attendant les barbares by Manu Yáñez Murillo, Bertrand Mandico’s Wild Boys by Olaf Möller, Amit V. Masurkar’s Newton by Devika Girish

Reviews: Loveless by Eric Hynes, Downsizing by Violet Lucca, A Fantastic Woman by José Teodoro, The Insult by Devika Girish

Short Takes: The Commuter by Nick Pinkerton, Happy End by Yonca Talu, Vazante by Ela Bittencourt, In Between by Nick Davis, Double Lover by Michael Koresky

Home Movies: Jean-Luc Godard + Jean-Pierre Gorin: Five Films, 1968-1971 by Nicholas Elliott, Brawl in Cell Block 99 by Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan, Eye of the Cat by Maitland McDonagh, The Kentuckian by Nick Pinkerton, Maigret Sets a Trap & Maigret and the St. Fiacre Case by Steven Mears, The Sect by Laura Kern, She’s Gotta Have It by Teo Bugbee, 100 Years of Olympic Films by Michael Atkinson, Wish List: The Happy Time by Laura Kern

Readings: Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart by Scott Eyman, reviewed by Steven Mears; Ingmar Bergman’s Face to Face by Michael Tapper, reviewed by Justin Stewart; Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies by Andrew DeGraff, reviewed by Chloe Lizotte

Graphic Detail: The best re-release posters of 2017 as selected by Adrian Curry