From The Publisher: Aug. 31, 1992

When senior writer Richard Corliss began reviewing movies for TIME in 1980, the bulk of his working hours were spent in a clutch of screening rooms in mid-Manhattan. To be sure, he paid occasional business visits to Hollywood studios and, each year, to the Cannes Film Festival. But the time that mattered most to Corliss's work for the magazine was largely spent in the dark.

In the succeeding years, though, the line between popular entertainment -- personified by and in the movies -- and everyday life began to blur, and the cross-cultural loops grew ever more intricate and confusing. Fortunately, ,...

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