How Hollywood Gave Up on the Detective Story
June 09, 2014
Did Chinatown doom the private eye?
Five Dramatic Actors Who Should Be Comedians
February 24, 2014
Colin Firth would look so fetching in drag.
Make the Jump, Jesters
February 23, 2014
Patton Oswalt's list of 5 comedians who have conquered funny and now need to take a chance on drama.
Shirley Temple Sold the Idea That a Cute Kid Had the Cure for the Great Depression
February 11, 2014
In the business of being a child star, no one could match Shirley Temple.
Clooney's 'The Monuments Men' Is Dreadful, Smug, and Incoherent
February 05, 2014
There is one moment in The Monuments Men that is as sweet and pleasing as a fresh cupcake. It has a charm that is no small thing in the making of movies.
Could Drug-Replacement Therapy Have Saved Philip Seymour Hoffman's Life?
February 04, 2014
Science says that abstinence-only detox treatment doesn't work. But the culture of rehab has yet to catch up.
Germans Make a Sympathetic TV Series about WWII. What Could Go Wrong?
February 03, 2014
To turn history into TV, producers everywhere make the past tidy and simple and sympathetic. But when it's Germans presenting WWII, middlebrow conventions are no excuse.
A Jolly Good Fellini
October 09, 2013
Like most autobiographical works Federico Fellini's scintillating new film 8 ½ reveals something more than its author intended. Begin with the title.
Stanley Kauffmann Tribute: How to Care About the Arts
October 09, 2013
There is an imperturbable grace about Stanley Kauffmann’s writing, a plainspoken clarity in the face of the onslaught that is the movies.
Michelle Pfeiffer's Evolution: From 'Scarface' to 'The Family'
September 13, 2013
Suppose I asked, do you want to meet “Michelle," what would you expect? You might wonder, “Does he mean the first lady?” But the more you think about “Michelle,” the younger the name seems.