The Best Picture Is a Sham
And '12 Years a Slave' will win it, for all the wrong reasons
February 26, 2014

12 Years a Slave is a great film, but that's not why it'll win Best Picture. It'll win so that the Academy can forgive itself for making no other good films about slavery for the last hundred years.

The Legendary Awfulness of 'Anchorman 2' Continues
February 21, 2014

There's nothing funny about this deeply cynical new version of Anchorman 2.

Woody Allen, Quentin Tarantino, and the New Liberal Critique of Hollywood
An Oscars interview
February 18, 2014

The Oscars are less than two weeks away, and Hollywood has been in the news even more than usual. If this is partly because of the controversy surrounding Woody Allen, it is also the result of the terrific year of cinema that just ended.

'Liv and Ingmar': Great Filmmakers, Bad Lovers
But did the films need the lovemaking?
February 15, 2014

Liv Ullmann's relationship with Ingmar Bergman collapsed after only four years. Why did they keep making great movies together?

'The Lego Movie' Isn't Just Anti-Capitalist. It's Anti-Fox, Too.
February 11, 2014

Fox Business is right to be scared of this provocative children's movie.

Shirley Temple Was 'Pure Star'
February 11, 2014

The child actress delighted fans for decades. 

War Movies Used to be Big, Sprawling Things. What Happened?
The trend of small-minded war movies continues
February 06, 2014

Last year, Walter Kirn lamented the state of the ever-shrinking American war movie.

Like It or Not, Movie Lovers Are Going to Forgive Woody Allen
February 06, 2014

Human beings are fundamentally selfish when it comes to consuming art.

Don't Express Doubt About Woody Allen's Guilt, or These Columnists Will Condemn You
February 04, 2014

Outrage sells—and responsible journalism suffers.

Philip Seymour Hoffman: 1967-2014
February 02, 2014

The actor, found dead this afternoon in his New York apartment, defied all Hollywood convention.