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  • 25.2 : 2016 : Surviving Images: Cinema, War, and Cultural Memory in the Middle East by Kamran Rastegar reviewed by Najmeh Moradiyan Rizi
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  • 25.2 : 2016 : Reimagining Cinema: Film at Expo 67 by Monika Kin Gagnon (editor) and Janine Marchessault (editor)
    reviewed by Brian Real
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  • 25.2 : 2016 : Shooting From the East: Filmmaking on the Canadian Atlantic by Darrell Varga reviewed by John McCullough
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  • 25.2 : 2016 : C.R.A.Z.Y. by Robert Schwartzwald reviewed by André Loiselle
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  • 25.2 : 2016 : The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul by Gina Freitag (Editor) and André Loiselle (Editor) reviewed by Murray Leeder
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  • 25.1 : 2016 : The End of Cinema by André Gaudreault and Philippe Marion reviewed by John W. Locke
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  • 25.1 : 2016 : The Archive Effect by Jaimie Baron reviewed by William C. Wees
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  • 24.2 : 2015 : Bonnie Sherr Klein’s Not a Love Story by Rebecca Sullivan reviewed by Mandy Elliott
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  • 24.2 : 2015 : Human Rights Film Festivals: Activism in Context by Sonia Tascón reviewed by Lyell Davies
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  • 24.2 : 2015 : Tourner le dos : sur l’envers du personnage au cinéma by Benjamin Thomas, Vincent Amiel reviewed by Stéphanie Croteau
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  • 24.2 : 2015 : Saying It With Songs: Popular Music and the Coming of Sound to Hollywood by Katherine Spring reviewed by K.J. Donnelly
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  • 24.2 : 2015 : Lois Weber in Early Hollywood by Shelley Stamp
    Germaine Dulac: A Cinema of Sensations by Tami Williams
    reviewed by Laura Horak
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  • 24.1 : 2015 : Ecologies of the Moving Image: Cinema, Affect, Nature by Adrian J. Ivakhiv reviewed by Christie Milliken
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  • 24.1 : 2015 : Schooling in Modernity: The Politics of Sponsored Films in Postwar Italy by Paola Bonifazio reviewed by Brian Real
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  • 24.1 : 2015 : Experimental Film and Anthropology by Arnd Schneider, Caterina Pasqualino (Editors) reviewed by Julia Yezbick
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  • 24.1 : 2015 : Film Manifestos and Global Cinema Cultures by Scott MacKenzie (Editor) reviewed by Michael Zryd
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  • 23.2 : 2014 : The Films of Martin Scorsese, 1979-99: Authorship and Context II by Leighton Grist reviewed by Michael Meneghetti
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  • 23.2 : 2014 : American Ethnographic Cinema and Personal Documentary: The Cambridge Turn by Scott MacDonald reviewed by Matthew Ryan Smith
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  • 23.2 : 2014 : Education in the School of Dreams: Travelogues and Early Nonfiction Film by Jennifer Lynn Peterson reviewed by Dominique Brégent-Heald
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  • 23.2 : 2014 : Canadian Cinema since the 1980s: At the Heart of the World by David L. Pike reviewed by Andrew Burke
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  • 23.1 : 2014 : Dada, Surrealism, and the Cinematic Effect By R. Bruce Elder. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013. 765 pp. reviewed by John W. Locke
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  • 23.1 : 2014 : Illusions in Motion: Media Archaeology of the Moving Panorama and Related Spectacles By Erkki Huhtamo. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013, 456 pp. reviewed by Zach Melzer
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  • 22.2 : 2013 : Legitimating Television: Media Convergence and Cultural Status by Michael Z. Newman and Elana Levine New York: Routledge, 2012, 232 pp. reviewed by Felan Parker
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  • 22.2 : 2013 : Learning with the Lights Off: Education Film in the United States. Edited by Devin Orgeron, Marsha Orgeron, and Dan Streible Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, 525 pp. reviewed by Zoë Druick
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  • 22.1 : 2013 : The Right to Play Oneself: Looking Back on Documentary Film, by Thomas Waugh, Minneapolis, London: University of Minnesota Press, 2011, 312 pp. reviewed by Bert Hogenkamp
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  • REVIEW ESSAY: Animating Film Studies
    22.1 : 2013 : Animation: Art and Industry, Edited by Maureen Furniss. New Barnet, Herts.: John Libbey, 2009, 240 pp.; The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation by Thomas Lamarre. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009, 385 pp.; Anime's Media Mix: Franchising Toys and Characters in Japan by Marc Steinberg. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012, 314 pp.; The World History of Animation by Stephen Cavalier. Foreword by Sylvain Chomet. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011, 416 pp. reviewed by Shannon Brownlee
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  • 21.2 : 2012 : William Beard. Into the Past: The Cinema of Guy Maddin. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010, 504 pp reviewed by Jovana Jankovic
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  • REVIEW ESSAY: Canadian Cinema Series
    21.2 : 2012 : Edited by Bart Beaty and Will Straw; Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008-ongoing. The series includes: David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence. Bart Beaty. 2008, 138 pp; Denys Arcand’s Le Déclin de l’empire américain and Les Invasions barbares. André Loiselle. 2008, 190 pp; Atom Egoyan’s The Adjuster. Tom McSorley. 2009, 104 pp; Joyce Wieland’s The Far Shore. Johanne Sloan. 2010, 134 pp; Allan King’s A Married Couple. Zoë Druick. 2010, 106 pp; Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg. Darren Wershler. 2010, 145 pp; Bruce McDonald’s Hard Core Logo. Paul McEwan. 2011, 131 pp reviewed by Jennifer VanderBurgh
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  • REVIEW ESSAY: Queer Film Classics Series
    21.2 : 2012 : Edited by Matthew Hays and Thomas Waugh. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press. Series includes: Will Aitken, Death in Venice (2011, 187pp); Jon Davies, Trash (2009, 173pp); Shohini Ghosh, Fire (2010, 172pp); Susan Knabe and Wendy Gay Pearson, Zero Patience (2011, 181pp) Helen Hok-Sze Leung, Farewell My Concubine (2010, 129pp); José Quiroga, Law of Desire (2009, 155pp); Noah Tsika, Gods and Monsters (2009, 169pp); Thomas Waugh and Jason Garrison, Montreal Main (2010, 269pp); Greg Youmans, Word Is Out (2011, 189pp) reviewed by Glyn Davis
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  • 21.1 : 2012 : Derek Jarman’s Angelic Conversations by Jim Ellis reviewed by Kate Rennebohm
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