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Screen Rant has a great piece busting the myths underlying some movie stunts. Pro tip: don’t try these at home. And don’t spin a six-shooter.

Kathryn VanArendonk has a terrific essay in New York Magazine’s Vulture about the unexpected asset that texting has brought to the plotlines of romantic comedies. Cell phones have been a problem for romantic comedies in contemporary settings because they can […]

Meet eight of the most creative thinkers and imaginative minds working in the world of art and design today in the new Netflix original documentary series, Abstract: The Art of Design. Journey through their creative process, explore their work, and […]

Netflix has a superb collection of early films made by and for African-Americans, including the silent film, “Body and Soul,” with Paul Robeson as twins. These are a treat any time, but especially appropriate for Black History Month.

Take a look at this data visualization of dialogue in 2016’s top movies, sorted by gender. According to a study by Amber Thomas, women characters said only 27 percent of the words, even in a year with many movies that […]

I loved Paterson, the story of a poet/bus driver played by Adam Driver who lives in the city that shares his name. The four poems written by the film’s main character were written by Ron Padgett, who told PBS that […]

It was a pleasure to join my friends Betty Jo Tucker and Mack Bates, along with Geoff Roberts on Betty Jo’s podcast Movie Addict Headquarters to talk about this year’s Oscar nominations — who was left out, who should win, […]

Gavin Polone, one of the producers of “A Dog’s Purpose,” wrote a candid and compelling response to the controversy over some leaked footage showing a dog named Hercules apparently being forced into the water by his trainer. I strongly encourage […]

“A Dog’s Purpose,” based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron, looks like a love letter to dogs and the people who are lucky enough to be loved by them. But the movie, which will be in theaters this week, […]

I have never missed an episode of “Black-ish.” It’s one of my favorite television shows, smart, sophisticated, and very funny. I am a huge fan. But this week’s episode took things to another level as the Johnson family and Dre […]