Solo: A Star Wars Story
An engaging but unnecessary bit of backstory for one of blockbuster cinema's most beloved characters.
Noah started writing about film in fourth grade with his review of "Driving Miss Daisy" for a Montessori school writing assignment (4 stars). Jumping ahead, he started writing a blog on film and politics, Reel Change, in 2012. Since then he has written for The Atlantic, The Guardian, Slate, Washington City Paper, Salon, Esquire, LA Review of Books, and others. Noah appears regularly on BBC's "Talking Movies" and has lectured at the Smithsonian. He's not great at Twitter, but he's trying @noahgittell.
A critic considers the death of his father in light of cinema's handling of the end of life.
A piece on the structure of David Lowery's films.
A look at the politics and idealism of director Gary Ross, as reflected over the course of his career in films like "Pleasantville," "The Hunger Games" and "Free State of Jones."
Co-directors D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegededus on their advocacy documentary "Unlocking the Cage."
How Nick Hornby became one of the most valuable writers for women in Hollywood.
A piece on the use of animals in film in light of "White God".
A piece on cinema of 2014 that addressed racial issues in the year after such progress with films like "12 Years a Slave."
A piece about how differently "Fury" and "The Imitation Game" transport viewers to World War II and what that says about film in 2014.
Much progress has been made in representing African-American life onscreen, but there's a long way to go.
A response to Sam Adams' piece at CriticWire in defense of the expert critic.