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.

Herblock Was a Fine Political Cartoonist. Liberals Don't Need to Deify Him.
January 26, 2014

Herbert Block spent his long life practicing the vicious art of visual mockery.

John Goodman on the Origins of His 'Llewyn Davis' Character
January 24, 2014

This piece first appeared on John Goodman can’t get comfortable. The sofa’s too deep: it dwarfs him like a giant beanbag. It’s strange to see Goodman looking dwarfed.