The Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film

Unless you’re a cinephile or recovering film student, it’s unlikely that going into Oscar season you’re able to catch all of the nominated films. One category, however, may make the entire program more accessible: Popular Film. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will introduce the category in advance of next year’s airing. And the rules and eligibility regulations are still forthcoming. It’s understandable that this …

CH Edition Morocco: Cinémathèque de Tanger

From decades of filmic history to a dual-continent film festival linking the country to Spain

Now housing the Cinémathèque de Tanger, the city’s Art Deco Cinéma Rif has long carried the torch of North African and global cinema in Morocco. From the iconic building’s construction in 1938 to its current dual-continent Festival de Cine Africano (or the Festival Tarifa Tanger) and its extensive archives and preservation activities, decades of culture have been projected and protected within; it’s also Morocco’s only …

Isle of Dogs’ Animation Teams Explains Their Stop Motion Process

For anyone transfixed by the visuals of the latest animated Wes Anderson film, “Isle of Dogs,” animation director Mark Waring and lead animator Jason Stalman begin to explain some of their meticulous process in a new short documentary, “Making of: Animators.” As both are quick to admit, it’s not easy trying to get a performance from puppets—in essence lumps of rubber, metal and silicon. From …

28 Films for Black History Month

For the 28 days of Black History Month, the New York Times’ film critics have selected 28 films centered on African Americans’ experiences in 20th century USA. Beginning with “Within Our Gates” (1920), the list is in chronological order and includes some controversial, powerful and problematic issues. (For example, “Shadows” (1959) is about three black siblings, but two of the actors were white.) There’s plenty …

Saudi Arabia to End 35-Year Ban on Cinemas

After 35 years, Saudi Arabia will be opening cinemas to the public. Citizens of the conservative nation have mostly welcomed the news, but it also has some concerned about censorship. This is just one of the several reforms announced by the Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, following the decisions to make it legal for women to drive and to enter sports stadiums. Read more at …