“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.
Valerie Weiss on "A Light Beneath Their Feet"; Death of the video store; Stephen Cone on "Home for the Holidays"; Chatting with Kartemquin's Gordon Quinn; "Mustang" director Deniz Gamze Ergüven.
The greatest actor alive: Max Von Sydow; Conversations with ISIS fighters; There are Christian terrorists; Greg Berlanti's DC Comics TV shows; Why Othello is black.
Deborah Kampmeier on "SPLit"; How the Bushes misunderstood Cheney; First 10 minutes of 500 movies; Daisy Ridley chats with Carrie Fisher; Fear the chick flick.
Undocumented dreamers; Karl Glusman on "Love"; John Sayles on "Eight Men Out"; Massive hacking of prisoner phone calls; The horror of "Room."
Why comic books are radical; How Franklin was born; The Monkees's "Head"; Burt Reynolds has some regrets; The "Ishtar" effect.
Why Tarantino shouldn't apologize; Gender-flipped "Ocean's Eleven"; "Mulholland Dr." is a movie and a TV show; Trumbo sisters are proud of their father; Why old women are the face of evil.
Nighthawks at the cinema; Rebecca Parrish on "Radical Grace"; Suicide harder to read than murder; John Carpenter on "Vampires"; "Sicario" not yet a reality.
Guillermo del Toro's key theme; Silent frame rates and DCP; Exciting news from Sheila O'Malley; New "Star Wars" music; Unsinkable Effie Brown.
Raiders of the lost web; Eight highlights of Chicago film fest; Sexism of Bond Girls; Tarantino chats with Ellis; Enablers of pedophile culture.
"The Martian" avoids the conventional; Jennifer Lawrence slams industry sexism; The Koch Brothers' toxic empire; Pleasures of "Magic Mike XXL"; Movie titles lost in translation.