The title suggests that David Denby will provide us an answer, but Do the Movies Have a Future? is not interested in solutions. In this collection of essays and reviews, Denby breaks down the evolution of the movie industry and how the marketing departments of studios have taken over the production of films. This is a bad thing. He doesn’t just focus on the negative, though; he dedicates significant parts of the book to directors that are still doing important work and reviews recent movies that resonate for him. What separates this particular book from the many others lamenting the decline of American film is that Denby isn’t really interested in saving Independent Film but wants to save the mainstream movies. The mainstream might be bloated and shallow, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be, if we can just get it out of the hands of the marketers. - Danny
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