Film

The Sad Truth about Philip Seymour Hoffman
Addiction wasn't incidental to his talent: It was its essence
March 22, 2014

It's tempting to say that Hoffman overcame his addiction in order to act. But it just isn't so: His addiction fueled his great feats of acting. 

The Story Behind the Greatest Movie Never Made
March 20, 2014

El Topo director Alejandro Jodorowsky's project was derailed by money problems and insane ambition.

'Nymphomaniac' Isn't Shocking. It's a Man's Conventional, Sexist View of Female Sexuality.
March 19, 2014

It's a Man's Conventional, Sexist View of Female Sexuality.

The 'Veronica Mars' Movie Gives Fans What They Want—And That's a Good Thing
March 14, 2014

I owe Rob Thomas an apology for doubting the Kickstarter-funded Veronica Mars movie. 

The World's Greatest Feminist Fishmonger
March 11, 2014

The Sturgeon Queens profiles the smoked fish and appetizing emporium, Russ & Daughters. 

‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Is Wes Anderson At His Worst
March 05, 2014

Grand Budapest Hotel, the latest from Wes Anderson, is dazzling and exhausting but ultimately bereft.

Ellen Was the Perfect Host
March 03, 2014

For one thing, that Liza Minelli bit was amazing. 

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.

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