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Nine Reasons to go See Selma

This post also appears on As we sat in the lounge of Selma's historic St. James Hotel, one by one onlookers came streaming in. Like any fan approaching larger than life figures in person, they were at first hesitant,...Show More Summary

Into the White White Woods

I can't wait to see Into the Woods with my family on Christmas Day. I've loved this Stephen Sondheim musical since I was twelve. And yet something about the lavish-looking film adaptation gives me pause: the all-star cast is all white. Show More Summary

Sony Pictures Mans Up: Now We Need to Watch The Interview

Well, Sony Pictures Entertainment finally decided to man up and to release The Interview as was originally scheduled on Christmas, albeit in limited release in a scant few movie houses, as if it were an art-house film. This change of...Show More Summary

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Jeff Foxworthy Takes to the Gridiron, Discusses "Ref" Gig, Rednecks, and Mixtapes on the Road

Look out E.T., Reese's may have finally replaced you as their unofficial celebrity ambassador. With the launch of the candy brand's Reese's® Playoff Pandemonium, stand-up comedy icon and "Redneck" preacher Jeff Foxworthy is center stage for their College and Pro Football playoff promotion. Show More Summary

The Imitation Game's Alan Turing -- A Gay Man for All Seasons

For all of the distinctly drawn period piece-ness of The Imitation Game, with its English rain, tweeds, tea and understated heroism and humor, the film holds bracingly modern themes that make it both mainstream and groundbreaking inShow More Summary

2014: My Favorite Films of the Year

I spent years as a critic waiting eagerly for the end of the year, when I could finally (and with great deliberation) craft my 10-best list of movies for the year. No longer. Ten-best lists are, I'm afraid, a dime a dozen. EverybodyShow More Summary

Five Perfect New Year's Lessons I Learned from Lee Daniels in Dubai

Just in time for the ideal reflections on the new year ahead, I sat down with filmmaker Lee Daniels on a terrace overlooking the splendid Arabian Gulf during the recent Dubai International Film Festival. Daniels served as Jury President...Show More Summary


R.I.P. Martin Luther King. Your story has been told. Your legacy passed on. Your strategies for non-violent demonstrations shared. Your ability for changing hearts, minds and laws well-documented. Selma, in the most inspiring way, relays MLK's state of grace. Show More Summary

How 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Critiques Our Culture

American Horror Story: Freak Show (which airs Wednesdays at 10 on FX) is set to wrap soon, with only three more episodes left in the season. This installment is set in the early 1950s, which was an era generally characterized as conservative and repressive, prone to McCarthyism, racial segregation, and female domestic confinement. Show More Summary

Moving 'Merch:' (T-Shirts and CDs) Sandra Bernhard at Joe's Pub

"We like to make it intimate here at Joe's Pub," says Sandra Bernhard, illustrating her trademark penchant for frank talk, "You don't need that Broadway Waspy Albee bull--." Arriving onstage in a sequined Suzy Wong number and silverShow More Summary

Into the Woods, Without Delay!

I've been in love with Into the Woods for years. I've seen it performed several times, watched the DVD of the original Broadway production many times, and lost count of how often I've listened to the original cast album. As a writer,...Show More Summary

First Theater to Screen "The Interview" Loses Internet for 5 Days

Atlanta's Plaza Theatre, one of the first movie houses in the United States to announce screenings of the "The Interview," has been without Internet all week. As most everyone who has had Internet service during the last two weeks is...Show More Summary

Drop the Hobbit, Go with the Selkie: Hour of the Wolf Movie Review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies & Song of the Sea

There's a bit of OCD that goes along with genre film fandom -- once you've signed on to a franchise, you're kind-of obligated to follow it wherever it will take you, for good or ill. Thus the sullen air hanging over screenings of Revenge...Show More Summary

Movie Review: Two Days, One Night - Your money or my life

I've never felt a particular affinity to the films of the Dardenne brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc: like some, can leave the rest. But their newest, Two Days, One Night, pulled me in almost instantly and held me to its gripping conclusion. Show More Summary

Movie Review: Into the Woods - We all die. The end.

Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods arrives on the big screen 27 years after it opened on Broadway - and with the same second-act problems that have plagued it through the years. Adapted to the screen by Rob Marshall (for whom his first...Show More Summary


Ava DuVernay's Selma could be subtitled "behind the scenes of a hagiography." Apart from the stock footage of The famous march from Selma to Montgomery it's not cinema verite in the style of say The Battle of Algiers. Despite the graphic...Show More Summary

The Unfulfilled Promise of Unbroken, the Movie

I'm not a shill for Angelina Jolie or NBC Universal. Nonetheless, I'm going to encourage you to see the move "Unbroken". It's a fantastic story about courage, guts, resourcefulness - all the best traits of our service members, past and present. I also want you to notice what is missing - glaringly so - from the movie. Show More Summary

Releasing 'The Interview' on Christmas: What Would Jesus Say?

Judging from the enthusiastic response on social media, Sony's decision to release the movie "The Interview" on Christmas day seems to be a victory for the American way of life, but there is a tragic irony in the very truth of that view. Show More Summary

The Interview and Artistic Freedom

The Interview has been the source of enormous controversy in recent weeks. The plot of this silly comedy is centered on an attempt to assassinate North Korea's dictatorial and maniacal leader, Kim Jong Un. Its stars, Seth Rogen and James...Show More Summary

Why Doctor Who's Peter Capaldi didn't make the final cut in Disney's Maleficent

Given that Nick Frost already had the beard as well as a Santa Claus-like shape, it probably didn't take all that much behind-the-scenes effort to transform this "Shaun of the Dead" star into Saint Nick for tonight's annual Doctor Who Christmas special, "Last Christmas" (which airs on BBC America at 9 / 8 p.m. Show More Summary

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