Film

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 newstatesman.com. 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.

Slavery Is Having a Hollywood Moment. What About the Rest of Black History in America?
January 20, 2014

Why are we still waiting for a great film about Martin Luther King Jr.?

Why Blockbusters Will Always Rule Hollywood
So long, long-tail
January 17, 2014

This piece first appeared on newstatesman.com. In 2006, when global optimism about the new broadband-based, interactive Web 2.0 was at its height, Chris Anderson, then the editor-in-chief of Wired magazine, published The Long Tail.

Hate Awards Season Frenzy? Blame the Golden Globes.
January 09, 2014

The Golden Globes kick off the Awards Season frenzy.

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