MOVIES THAT MATTERED:
MORE REVIEWS FROM A TRANSFORMATIVE DECADE (2017)
by Dave Kehr
Dave Kehr’s writing about film has garnered high praise from both readers and fellow critics, but aside from remarkably detailed but brief capsule reviews and top-ten lists, you won’t find much of Kehr’s work on the Internet. With When Movies Mattered, readers welcomed the first collection of Kehr’s criticism, written during his time at the Chicago Reader; Movies That Mattered is its sequel, with fifty more reviews and essays drawn from the archives of both the Chicago Reader and Chicago magazine from 1974 to 1986. As with When Movies Mattered, the majority of the reviews offer in-depth analyses of individual films that are among Kehr’s favorites, from a thoughtful discussion of the sobering Holocaust documentary Shoah to an irresistible celebration of the raucous comedy Used Cars. But fans of Kehr’s work will be just as taken by his dissections of critically acclaimed films he found disappointing, including The Shining, Apocalypse Now, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. With a foreword by Jonathan Rosenbaum.
Published by The University of Chicago Press
Paperback / 6" x 9" / 272 pages