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0 Comments · Wednesday, November 4, 2015
In the United States, most social/political movements tend to adopt non-violent means to further their causes, preferring to appeal to the goodwill of both adversaries and the undecided masses watching from the sidelines.   

Our (Film) Brands in Crisis

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 4, 2015
A not-so-subtle shift has occurred in the film marketplace, calling into question the fundamental assumptions of the tacit arrangement between the studios and audiences. Call it a communication breakdown.  

A Ballerina's Tale

0 Comments · Monday, November 2, 2015
Misty Copeland, celebrated African-American ballerina (the first principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre), occupies cultural space alongside Serena Williams as a subject of debate when it comes to race and body image in our society.   


0 Comments · Monday, November 2, 2015
Thanks to reality television, we have an appreciation for the celebrity chef as a troubled genius diva, which is exactly what director John Wells (August: Osage County) and screenwriter Steven Knight (The Hundred-Foot Journey) working from a story by Michael Kalesniko, give us in Burnt.   

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

0 Comments · Monday, November 2, 2015
Zombies have overtaken our televisions and our multiplexes, either as straight-up horror films, comedies or hybrids of the two.  

Hastily Searching for the ‘Truth’

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Screenwriter-turned-director James Vanderbilt (the two Amazing Spider-Man installments) sets his sights on the Mary Mapes account of the firestorm that erupted over the 60 Minutes report, back in 2004, on then-President George W. Bush’s military record.   

‘Beasts of No Nation’ Streams into New Frontier

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Beasts, the story of a young boy named Agu who is forcibly enlisted as a child warrior in the civil war of an unnamed African country under the brutal command of a fanatically charismatic figure known as the Commandant, is a mesmerizingly grim adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s novel.  

Higher Stakes Needed on ‘Bridge of Spies’

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
I’ve spent all this time ruminating on De La Soul and Saving Private Ryan, I suppose, to highlight the fault I find with Spielberg’s latest film, Bridge of Spies, another historic film in his library of moving monuments to the pivotal events of our times.

The Walk

0 Comments · Thursday, October 8, 2015
Right up front, I have to admit my bias when it comes to The Walk, the new film from Robert Zemeckis about high-wire artist Philippe Petit, played by the ever-energetic and engaging Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  

99 Homes

0 Comments · Thursday, October 8, 2015
Michael Shannon can do no wrong. The Academy Award nominee (Supporting Actor for Revolutionary Road) and Lexington, Ky. native may play deeply flawed men — and some like Rick Carver in 99 Homes step over the divide and gleefully dance with the devil — but Shannon always grants such evil men a recognizably human face.