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There have been a lot of complaints about the Vanity Fair cover story on Margot Robbie by Rich Cohen (“Vinyl”), which reads like a parody of skeezily raphsodic profiles of beautiful women. I particularly like the takedown from Rebecca Shaw, […]

I love finding new critics who write vividly and insightfully about film, and so I was glad to see Screen Queens’ new list of female movie critics to check out. Some are long-time favorites, including ReBecca Theodore-Vachon, Lisa Schwarzbaum, and […]

At, critics talk about their favorite films of the year so far. Of course there are the usual festival gems and art-house indies, but also films like “The Nice Guys” and “Captain America: Civil War.” I was very happy […]

Many thanks to my friend John Hanlon for including me in his round-up of some of the harshest reviews of the awful “Mother’s Day.”

Headlines crowed over the disparity between critics’ poor reviews of “Batman v. Superman” and the very healthy opening weekend box office. The leading trade publication, Variety, wondered “Do Critics Matter at the Box Office?” Fortune sneered, How ‘Batman v Superman’ […]

This week, in honor of Women’s History Month, on women critics write about film. One featured essay is my appreciation of Nora Ephron, which notes that “Nora Ephron has been portrayed on screen by Diane Keaton, Sandra Dee, Meryl […]

PrettyFamous found the top 30 films with the largest disparity between critics and the audience, from “Boondock Saints” (audience 91%, critics 20%) to “Because I Said So” (audience 65%, critics 5%). You can read my F review of that one […]

Aw, we hurt Alex Proyas’ feelings. His film, “Gods of Egypt,” is the first major failure of 2016, with a dismal 13% positive rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, a break-the-bank budget of $140 million and a total first week […]

Frock Flicks is a wonderful blog from Trystan L. Bass, Sarah Lorraine, and Kendra Van Cleave, whose commentary on the historical accuracy and creative contribution of the costumes in historical movies and television is thoughtful, perceptive, and illuminating. They also […]

Jessica Ritchey wrote a touching essay for about the movies she watched in the year after her father died, and how watching them helped her to keep him close. I’ve been published several times by the time I see […]