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Categories Film
Frequency Three times per year
Publisher CineAction Collective
Year founded 1985
Country Canada
Based in Toronto
ISSN 0826-9866

CineAction (formerly styled CineACTION!) is a Canada-based film magazine, published three times a year,[1] edited by an editorial collective that included critic Robin Wood. It was founded in 1985 by members of the film department at Toronto's York University. The magazine has a Marxist-orientation.[1]


CineAction began publishing in spring of 1985 (as CineAction! with an exclamation mark), and reached its 70th issue mark in early 2007. In a lead editorial in its first issue, the collective wrote that the aim of the publication was to "provide, within the field of film criticism, alternatives to what is generally available. We want to steer a course between, on the one hand, the practice of journalistic reviewing (the expression of personal opinions, within an entertainment format) and, on the other, academic "criticism" of a certain type (detached from contemporary social realities and frequently inaccessible to the uninitiated)".[2] The first issue then went on to offer articles on films such as A Matter of Time, Tell Me a Riddle, Death Watch, and The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia. Among the first issue's contributors were Robin Wood, Richard Lippe, Bryan Bruce 2 (a.k.a. film director Bruce LaBruce), Florence Jacobowitz, Maureen Judge, and Lori Spring.

In subsequent issues, CineAction! (the logo dropped the exclamation point with the 23rd issue) went on to publish the work of Douglas Pye, V. F. Perkins, Scott Forsyth, Tony French, Tony Williams, Edward Gallafent, Brad Stevens (film critic/novelist), Deborah Thomas, Andrew Britton, and scores more. CineAction generally poses a theme for each issue, and such themes have included comedy, sexuality in cinema, the films of Martin Scorsese, Canadian film, teen films, Vietnam, interpretation, documentary, rethinking authorship, and questions of value.

In issue No. 70, Wood announced that he was stepping down from the collective board, but would continue to contribute to the magazine. Issue No. 71 (Sexuality in the Cinema) was delayed for several months due to financial problems. However, it finally appeared on store-shelves in late May 2007.

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  1. ^ a b Eugene P. Walz (January 2002). Canada's Best Features: Critical Essays on 15 Canadian Films. Rodopi. p. 377. ISBN 90-420-1598-5. Retrieved 1 June 2016. 
  2. ^ CineAction!, No. 1, spring, 1985, p. 1

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