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101 Essential Chinese Movies

by Simon Fowler

Explosive kung-fu epics, tragic leftist melodrama, chest-thumping propaganda films, and more are covered in this movie guide that explores a century of Chinese filmmaking, from the silent era to the present....


How to Watch a Movie

by David Thomson

From one of the most admired critics of our time, brilliant insights into the act of watching movies and an enlightening discussion about how to derive more from any film experience.

Since first publishing his...


Fantastic Planets, Forbidden Zones, and Lost Continents: The 100 Greatest Science-Fiction Films

by Douglas Brode

Whether you judge by box office receipts, industry awards, or critical accolades, science fiction films are the most popular movies now being produced and distributed around the world. Nor is this phenomenon...


Brazilian Cinema Today: Essays by Critics and Experts from across Brazil

by Oliver Kwon & Steve Solot

A unique collection of articles by leading film critics, spanning Brazil from Rio Grande do Sul to the northern state of Pernambuco, this volume offers a panorama of current trends and the evolving Brazilian...


Turner Classic Movies Presents Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide: From the Silent Era Through 1965: Third Edition

by Leonard Maltin

The definitive guide to classic films from one of America's most trusted film critics

Thanks to Netflix and cable television, classic films are more accessible than ever. Now co-branded with Turner Classic Movies,...


Keepers: The Greatest Films--and Personal Favorites--of a Moviegoing Lifetime

by Richard Schickel

From a legendary film critic and movie fan extraordinaire, the highlights reel of a life spent at the movies

Richard Schickel has seen, by his own estimate, more than twenty thousand films. He has been a reviewer...


Forward Observer: Stanley Kauffmann at the Cinema, 1999-2013

by Stanley Kauffmann & Bert Cardullo

Stanley Kauffmann wrote film criticism for The New Republic for over 50 years, a tenure unsurpassed by any other major film critic. This collection of film criticism brings together reviews from the last 15...


Quentin Tarantino FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Original Reservoir Dog

The Sci-Fi Movie Guide: The Universe of Film from Alien to Zardoz

by Chris Barsanti

Once upon a time, science fiction was only in the future. It was the stuff of drive-ins and cheap double-bills. Then, with the ever-increasing rush of new, society-altering technologies, science fiction pushed...


Leonard Maltin's 2015 Movie Guide

by Leonard Maltin

NEARLY 16,000 ENTRIES INCLUDING 300+ NEW ENTRIES AND MORE THAN 13,000 DVD LISTINGS

Summer blockbusters and independent sleepers; masterworks of Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, and Martin Scorsese; the timeless...


Modern Sci-Fi Films FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Time-Travel, Alien, Robot, and Out-of-This-World Movies Since 1970

The Thing

by Jez Conolly

Consigned to the deep freeze of critical and commercial reception upon its release in 1982, The Thing has bounced back spectacularly to become one of the most highly regarded productions from the 1980s 'Body...


Halloween

by Murray Leeder

The 1970s represented an unusually productive and innovative period for the horror film, and John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) is the film that capped that golden age – and some say ruined it, by ushering...


The Cinema of James Cameron: Bodies in Heroic Motion

by James Clarke

This timely volume explores the massively popular cinema of writer-director James Cameron. It couches Cameron's films within the evolving generic traditions of science fiction, melodrama, and the cinema of spectacle....


The Cinema of Agnès Varda: Resistance and Eclecticism

by Delphine Benezet

Agnès Varda, a pioneer of the French New Wave, has been making radical films for over half a century. Many of these are considered by scholars, filmmakers, and audiences alike, as audacious, seminal, and unforgettable....


Musicals on the Silver Screen

by Leonard Kniffel

Musicals adapted to the big screen—from West Side Story to The Phantom of the Opera—have enjoyed a staggering amount of success since the 1940s, and this guide is especially tailored to library patrons...


Slow Movies: Countering the Cinema of Action

by Ira Jaffe

“In all film there is the desire to capture the motion of life, to refuse immobility,” Agnes Varda has noted. But to capture the reality of human experience, cinema must fasten on stillness and inaction as...


The Heist Film: Stealing With Style

by Daryl Lee

A concise introduction to the genre about that one last big score, The Heist Film: Stealing With Style traces this crime thriller’s development as both a dramatic and comic vehicle growing out of film noir...


Conspiracy Cinema: Propaganda, Politics and Paranoia

by David Ray Carter

The only guide to this emerging genre of cinema. Still marginalized by mainstream media, conspiracy theories are a growing influence on the contemporary political imagination, thanks to internet distribution...


Slap Shot Original: The Man, the Foil, and the Legend

by Ross Bernstein, Dave Hanson & Bob Costas

More than 30 years after its cinematic debut, Slap Shot remains one of the most popular sports movies of all time, and this book is actor Dave Hanson’s firsthand account of its making. Starring the legendary...