Can a Movie Make Josef Mengele Relatable?
May 01, 2014
We are in Patagonia, on a road that lasts 300 miles. A family are ready to make the journey in a battered white van—father, mother and three children, and the mother is pregnant again.
'Locke' is the Best New Film of the Year
April 24, 2014
Locke is a film in which the locusts and the furies of confusion come to life. Go see it.
These Newsreels Tell the History of the 20th Century
April 23, 2014
Eighty-five thousand historic newsreels were uploaded to YouTube. The author of The Biographical Dictionary of Films tells you what to watch.
“Belarus isn’t sexy. Sexy countries have oil, gas, diamonds, sea, mountains.” A woman named Yana is standing on a stage wearing a robe and a crown of flowers, surrounded by fellow actors and delivering a fiery speech in Russian.
Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, and Rebecca Hall are trapped in this terrible movie.
Young adult books (and films) speak to the part of us whose identity is yet unformed, full of rage and fear and longing.
Mickey Rooney Was the Last Old Hollywood Star Standing
April 07, 2014
If you weren't familiar with the 93-year-old legend, here are the three movies to watch.
Errol Morris Is Wrong. Donald Rumsfeld Is a Known Known.
April 03, 2014
The scary consequences of last century's reactionary conservatism.
The Moral Philosophy of Captain America
April 02, 2014
If Aristotle could have imagined the Captain’s mission of giving everyone freedom to live as they choose, he would have reacted with incredulous contempt.
The Big New 'Noah' Movie Is Closer to the Bible Than its Christian Critics Will Admit
March 27, 2014
If you’re going to make a movie of a Bible story, you’re going to need to fill in some major gaps.