A stellar high school comedy with an A+ cast, a brilliant script loaded with witty dialogue, eye-catching cinematography, swift editing, and a danceable soundtrack.
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An interview with film critic, programmer, and journalist Elvis Mitchell.
A collection of all our tributes this past year to the unforgettable talent we lost.
A tribute to the screenwriter William Goldman.
An article about the 2018 Academy Award nominees.
The winners of the 75th annual Golden Globes.
A story on a new series on spirituality and social justice at The Chicago Sun-Times, featuring one of our contributors.
An article about the 2018 nominees of the Golden Globe Awards.
A report on some good films coming your way from Telluride and Toronto this year.
A report on new films from Armando Iannucci, Aaron Sorkin, and Lynn Shelton.
A preview of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, which starts tomorrow.
The 25 films we're most excited to see during the fall of 2017.
A dispatch on two of the best films from Fantasia 2017.
A TV review of Cameron Crowe's "Roadies."
Reactions to to some of the 2016 Academy Award nominees.
A recap and report from backstage at the 73rd Annual Golden Globes.
An article on the 2016 Golden Globe nominees.
An overview of the films that will be theatrically released in the 2015 fall season.
Hollywood's toxic addiction to franchises; Looking back on "Wolf of Wall Street"; "Avatar" left no pop culture footprint; Elf on the Shelf is dangerous; North Korea is not funny.
A review of the final season of HBO's The Newsroom.
The right kind of 90s nostalgia; Cynthia Rothrock: Expendabelle; Favorite Fincher moments; Ten underrated 2014 performances; Chatting with Whit Stillman.
Nell Minow responds to our Movie Love Questionnaire.
Lindsay Lohan's reality show; Portlandia stars on This Is Spinal Tap; Aaron Sorkin apologizes for The Newsroom; CriticWire survey; Hollywood has a major problem.
How movie studios still have a hiring problem; 2013's biggest box office bombs; A.O. Scott and Streep's scenery-chewing; emojis and the autism spectrum; this was a wicked sexist year.
The completion of our countdown of twelve great Chirstmas-set scenes from the movies. Check out #4–#1.
"I believe he's not guilty."
"Are you sure?"
"No, but I have a reasonable doubt."
The last words spoken in David Mamet's HBO feature film "Phil Spector" are "reasonable doubt." The first words appear in white letters on a black screen:
This is a work of fiction. It's not "based on a true story." ... It is a drama inspired by actual persons on a trial, but it is neither an attempt to depict the actual persons, nor to comment upon the trial or its outcome.
I'm not quite sure what that means (beyond "Don't sue us") -- but it sounds a little like one of Mamet's nonsensical latter-day post-right-wing conversion rants. (Read Mamet's 2008 Village Voice essay, "Why I Am No Longer a 'Brain-Dead Liberal'" and see if you can figure out how he went from an unthinking, ignorant knee-jerk lefty to an unthinking, ignorant knee-jerk conservative. It has something to do with NPR, but what was he listening to? "Car Talk"? He doesn't say -- only that he believes in choosing one's political positions and convictions the way you would choose a sports team to root for, based on your affection for a place and whatever colors you feel are the most flattering this season.)