The Last Emperor

Scott Holleran on Bertolucci’s muted, mythological, China-themed masterpiece.

At 50, Downbeat ‘Midnight Cowboy’ Made Deep Impact

As the Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight film turns 50, Scott Holleran explores the reasons for the controversial box-office hit and the impact of its legacy.

Why ‘Chappaquiddick’ is a Breakthrough

Why ‘Chappaquiddick’ is a Breakthrough

That this movie exists is a cinematic achievement. Whatever my criticism, whatever its flaws, the movie about an American government official's deliberate, historic conspiracy — a real, proven conspiracy of corruption, deceit and silence, ahem, Oliver Stone — to cover...

Lady Bird is a Flat Slice of Post-9/11 Life

Strictly a slice of late teenage life, Lionsgate's Lady Bird skips, coasts and lightly cajoles with postcard pictures of Sacramento living set to an appropriately go-along-get-along score ingrained with wry mother-daughter, female best friend humor. This is all there...

Light ‘Argo’ Dramatizes Escape from Iran

Ben Affleck's 2012 movie, Argo, reduces the so-called Iran hostage crisis (1979-1981) to an episode of smaller proportions with satisfactory results. This isn't great cinema, and it leaves a lot of meaning, context and history out of the picture, but the docudrama, if...

Movie Review: Sergeant Rutledge (1960)

Movie Review: Sergeant Rutledge (1960)

I didn't plan to see John Ford's Western Sergeant Rutledge, an undeservedly unknown movie about a hero who is black, on the blockbuster opening weekend of Marvel Studios' overdone movie about a black superhero (Black Panther). But doing so underscored for me the...

Stagecoach: A Pioneering Epic Western

Stagecoach: A Pioneering Epic Western

With a variety of complicated characters in a tight but intricate plot with serious themes, thrilling action and a streak of subversive heroism, Stagecoach bundles and integrates ideas with mythology and old-fashioned storytelling.

The Hero’s Journey

What trials unite Katniss Everdeen, Harry Potter, Frodo Baggins and many of literature’s most interesting heroes — and you?

Invictus

Invictus

I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

Philosopher Robert Mayhew on Ayn Rand’s Novel: We the Living

Philosopher Robert Mayhew on Ayn Rand’s Novel: We the Living

Robert Mayhew, a philosophy professor at Seton Hall University, is the author of Aristotles Criticism of Platos Republic, The Female in Aristotles Biology, and Ayn Rand and Song of Russia, and the editor of Ayn Rands Marginalia, Ayn Rands The Art of Nonfiction, Essays...

Interview with Alexander Marriott on Nat Turner

Interview with Alexander Marriott on Nat Turner

History teacher Alexander Marriott examines facts and fiction about slave rebel Nat Turner in this exclusive interview by Scott Holleran about Nate Parker’s 2016 film, The Birth of a Nation.

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