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Sundance in Memphis: Kentucker Audley Returns with...

It’s been 30 years since the U.S. Film Festival in Park City, Utah, changed its name to the Sundance Film Festival....

News of the World: A Wistful Western Throwback

Whither the Western? As a literary genre, the Western emerged around the same time film technology came of age. In...

The Greatest: Four Legends Gather in One Night in Miami

One of my all-time favorite plays is Copenhagen by Michael Frayn. The 1998 Tony Award winner tries to untangle the...

2020 on Screen: The Best and Worst of Film and TV

There’s no denying that 2020 was an unprecedented year, so I’m doing something unprecedented: combining film and TV...

When Fake Becomes Real: J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and the Church...

“The World Ends Tomorrow and YOU MAY DIE!” So begins SubGenius Pamphlet #1, the mysterious missive that launched J.R....

Mank is a Timely Tribute to a Hollywood Legend

Hey, did you hear the one about the starlet who was so stupid she came to Hollywood and slept with the writer? As you...

CRITICS NIX NETFLIX HICKS! Hillbilly Elegy is a...

Hi, my name’s Chris, and I’m an authentic hillbilly. I grew up on a farm in the Appalachian foothills of Tennessee. I...

Sacha Baron Cohen Returns to Skewer Us in Borat...

In 1831, a French magistrate named Alexis de Tocqueville conned his government, known as the July Monarchy, into...

American Utopia

From the beginning, America has been a utopian project. The Founders had come of age in an era that highlighted the...

The OGs: Chris Rock Shines in Fargo’s Brilliant Season 4

America is the great melting pot. Immigrants from all over the world come here to get their chance at a new life in...