“Understated” isn’t a word you’d ordinarily use to describe a Jerry Bruckheimer production, but that’s surprisingly what 12 Strong ends up being.
Dan Callahan is the author of "Barbara Stanwyck: The Miracle Woman" and "Vanessa: The Life of Vanessa Redgrave." He has written for "New York Magazine," "Film Comment," "Sight and Sound," "Time Out New York," "The L Magazine," and many other publications. Read his answers to our Movie Love Questionnaire here.
An obituary for actor Eli Wallach.
An excerpt from Vanessa: The Life of Vanessa Redgrave by Dan Callahan.
A tribute to Mickey Rooney, 1920–2014.
Dan Callahan has an appreciation of the career of Joan Fontaine.
Dan Callahan looks at the career of Alfre Woodard.
Twenty years ago, promising actor River Phoenix died at 23. His last, unfinished film was "reconstructed" and shown at festivals earlier this year. The making of that film was already difficult before his death.
Julie Harris seemed to bring her own special set of tools to the art of acting, making every performance, every line feel like a fresh discovery.
Karen Black, who died Aug. 7 at 74, was the “what the hell?” emblem of the American New Wave, its most extreme, improvisational player, its most unusual, unaccountable, unstable presence.