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This week’s live action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” features a character who is gay, leading to some complaints, some controversy, and one theater refusing to show the film. I applaud Disney for the way they have created the […]

SPOILER ALERT! This post discusses important plot surprises in four films. They could not be more different in genre, budget, and intended audience, but four movies now in theaters have one important central theme in common: they are all about […]

We bid a sad farewell to Robert Osborne, the most gracious of gentlemen and the most devoted and erudite of movie fans. Osborne’s love of old movies and the people who made them brought a new generation to movies made […]

I love podcasts so much I sometimes wish I had more places to drive to. Some I am especially enjoying right now: Jesse David Fox hosts “Good One,” with each episode a discussion of one joke with the comic who […]

Filmonomics says they have a system for predicting what is going to win the Oscar — two years from now! The likelihoods of a movie being Certified Fresh, financially successful and being nominated for Academy Awards, is knowable at the […]

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 […]