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Reviews and Criticism

New York Times Film Reviews.   (Ref. PN 1995 .N4)  Covers 1913-2000.  Also available online—New York Times Historical database. 

Variety's Film Reviews.  (Ref. PN 1993 .V36)  Similar format to the New York Times except that it begins in 1907 and runs until 1980. Volume 16 is a title index.  Also available online in Film & Television Literature Index from 1914 to present. 

Siskel Ebert and Roeper Archived.   Try this web site for online reviews by Gene Siskel, Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper.


Encyclopedia of Hollywood.   (2004 available online; earlier edition, Ref. PN 1993.5 .U6 S494 1990)   Includes film genres, important events, statistics, jargon, job titles and "tens of thousands of facts, figures and fabulous stories." This is a great book, fun to read.

American Screenwriters.   (PN 1998 .A2 A585 1984  & PN 1998 .A2 A586 1986; both also available online through DLB Online database)    These two volumes are from the Dictionary of Literary Biography series although they are hardly dictionaries. Rather, the entries provide encyclopedic treatment of major writers. Up to 8 pages in length, the entries are critically written and include biographies, references and screen credits.
St. James Women Filmmakers Encyclopedia

St. James Film Directors Encyclopedia

Dictionaries (Jargon)

Internet Movie Data Base Movie Terminology  Glossary.  Terms and phrases used in acting, film and movies.


American Screenwriters  and American Screenwriters  Also available online in DLB Online database. Both volumes provide scholarly biographies of screenwriters.
Indexes and Reviews
Film and Television Literature Index with Full Text. Includes indexing and abstracts for 380 periodicals, selected coverage of 300, plus full text for 120 journals and 100 books. 

Film Literature Index"The Film Literature Index (FLI) annually indexes 150 film and television periodicals from 30 countries cover-to-cover and 200 other periodicals selectively for articles on film and television. The periodicals range from the scholarly to the popular. More than 2,000 subject headings provide detailed analysis of the articles.”  The online version covers 1976-2001.  We have the print version from 1973—2004 (Ref. PN 1993 .F647).

Project Muse.  (A collection of 110 full-text journals in the humanities published by Johns Hopkins University Press).  Use the "advanced" feature and you can limit by film journals.

  Full text back files of scholarly journals.  Use the "advanced" feature and you can limit to film journals.

Wilson OmniFile.  Full text articles for a college audience.

Movie Review Query Engine Covers 103,000+ titles.

New York Times Historical.
  1851- last three years

Academic OneFile. 1980-current. Provides peer reviewed and full text articles.

Internet Sources

World Wide Web Virtual Library: Film History Index. This is another meta site. Here are some of the sites:

  • Reference: Libraries, Bibliographies, Databases, E-Teaching, Journals, Lists
  • Chronological: Before cinema, Early cinema, Silent Cinema, Sound cinema, Postwar cinema
  • Geographical: Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa, Other
  • Institutions: Institutes, Archives, Museums, Societies

Voice of the Shuttle This is a large collection of film sites on various topics like history, theory, contemporary film.

Internet Public Library's Movies. This site is a collection of 114 resources.

Academic Info Film Studies. This site lists indexes and general directories. Let me call your attention to Film Research on the Internet and Cinema: How Hollywood Movies are Made.

Online Research: Film. Besides sites on Academy Awards, Golden Globes, pay attention to the Internet Movie Database, which locates over 13,000 movies for reviews, cast, crew etc. There is also a link to Roger Ebert's reviews and much more.

Internet Movie Database. Good for quick facts on a film. Nothing scholarly.

Filmsound.org. Covers all aspects of film sound.

Masters of Cinema. Covers the work of major world directors.

All Movie Guide This site has some unique features such as identifying people who appear in the same film; films based on the work of a specific author.

Who's Who of Victorian Cinema Provides information on terminology, chronology, organizations, etc. Said to be authoritative.


Dan Ring
Dan Ring The content of this guide was originally curated by Dan Ring.


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