A Critic's Manifesto

Why I saw it, why I didn't

TV programs such as "Entertainment Tonight" offer to take you "behind the scenes" and show you how a movie is shot. For Commonweal’s seventy-fifth anniversary, and in anticipation of my tenth year as its film critic, I’d like to take my readers a bit behind the scenes of my reviews. This, I hope, will give you a sense of the place movies occupy in today’s culture, of the current importance and unimportance of film criticism, and, finally...

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.