Ted Hope gives thanks (about the indie film biz); how the "Catching Fire" movie outstrips the book; animals are still being harmed in many films; why "Boardwalk Empire" Season 4 is a masterpiece; men who explain rap to women.
Hoberman on the Coen Brothers' portrayal of Jews; horror-woman's films; the "Goodbye New York" essay; Sheila O'Malley on anniversaries; Elmore Leonard's 10 rules of writing.
The 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination; critical reviews of a critical review of Sarah Silverman's career; Guillermo Del Toro's biggests firsts; an official video for "Like a Rolling Stone"; is Harvey "Scissorhanding" his company's awards site?
Scorsese, De Niro reuniting on a new gangster film; Zadie Smith on life, death, Warhol; Spike Lee speaks; our ancestors didn't sleep like us; Van Sant to headline a LGBT film fest in St. Petersburg.
Hollywood studios face huge upheavals; why feminists don't get drunk; why 'Homeland' is falling apart; the secret snobbery of JFK's Camelot; decoding critics' favorite 'Simpons' quotes.
Death to the death of criticism; Pussy Riot's Nadezhda's letters to a political philosopher; was Marvel's New Universe ever all that?; Doris Lessing's legacy; a CinemaScore F-estival.
A less kind and gentle Nora Ephron; Ira Sachs' favorite movies about love; Google Glass in film schools; Marlon Brando as cinema's Raging Bull; the impossibility of being literal.
The class gap caused by lack of Internet access; Andy Kaufman may be alive; Weinstein Co. wins MPAA appeal; "Carlito's Way" appreciation; Dunham and Kaling's brass tacks.
How to talk about Garth Risk Hallberg's $2 million book deal; the world's greatest criminologist; Oscar and the Bechdel test; 20 normal things Simpsons fans can't hear without laughing; "Star Wars" Kid speaks out, 10 years later.
Susan Sontag on high and low culture; PG-13 movies have more gun violence than R movies; New York City in the '80s; how upfront should Christian artists be about missionary aspects in their art?