American Society of Cinematographers names its first-ever female film nominee

Dee Rees’ poetic, brutal historical drama Mudbound has been curiously absent from much of the awards-season conversation, at least partially because it’s a richly shot work full of “throwback widescreen grandeur”—in the words of our own A.A. Dowd—that barely played in theaters at all. (Ah, Netflix.) But the American…

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The ambitious Mudbound gives a prestige literary epic the soul of a character study

Drawn from the pages of Hillary Jordan’s 2008 international bestseller, Mudbound has the heft—the narrative and thematic meatiness, the thicket of characters and subplots and years-spanning incident—of a book you can’t put down. But if the film is novelistic in its sprawl, maybe sometimes to a fault, it’s written in…