Recent News

31 Aug 2015 // 1:40 PM

For These Critics, Superheroes Didn’t Always Save the Day at Summertime Movies

It was a season of surprises — for example, smart, tough and funny female characters flourished on screen, while at least one comic book movie crashed and burned.

READ more

31 Aug 2015 // 12:40 PM

Is Donald Trump Charles Foster Kane in Disguise?

Years ago in an interview with filmmaker Errol Morris, for a documentary project that never reached completion, Trump spoke of his love for the film “Citizen Kane,” the story of a famous and influential man who liked, as Kane himself put it, “to buy things".

READ more

28 Aug 2015 // 10:02 AM

‘Rosenwald’ Reveals a Philanthropist With a Mission

Aviva Kempner expertly documents unexpected aspects of Jewish life in America, revealing the combination of factors that turned this Jewish businessman into an exceptionally generous donor to the African-American community.

READ more
J.J. Fad Left Out of ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Despite a ‘Supersonic’ Success

The success of J.J. Fad’s infectious single, “Supersonic", and its Dr. Dre co-produced album that followed, played a role in establishing Ruthless as a legitimate enterprise, forging a path for the breakout success of N.W.A.

READ more

26 Aug 2015 // 3:30 PM

Movie Star Jackie Chan Caught Between East and West

Jackie Chan has just published an autobiography in Chinese, Never Grow Up, Only Get Older, and the title is more than apropos.

READ more

24 Aug 2015 // 11:00 AM

PopTalk: Breaking Down the Dollars and Cents of Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo offer both indie and major filmmakers an array of opportunities to see their visions realized. But does it come with strings attached?

READ more
‘Lucky’ Jesse Eisenberg Has Two Very Different Films in Theaters Now

“I would never cast myself in anything,” Eisenberg said, sounding a bit like one of the directors he most admires, Woody Allen.

READ more
‘Straight Outta Compton’ and ‘Hamilton’ Speak to Modern Protests Through Hip-hop

Rap is sometimes seen as having gone soft, handed over to people singing of a kind of wish fulfillment more than their desire to have wishes fulfilled. But the return of highly serious work in a hip-hop context changes the game.

READ more
Netflix Is Challenging the Big Theater Chains With Its ‘Beasts of No Nation’ Opening

Netflix continues to make inroads in the movie space.

READ more

14 Aug 2015 // 12:16 PM

Amy Schumer Soars with the Rise of the Supercomic

At 34, Schumer is benefiting from the rise of the supercomedian, the elite group of stand-up comics who have been catapulted into the kind of fame once reserved for rock stars.

READ more
More Recent Articles
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Double Take: The African Queen (1951)

// Short Ends and Leader

"What a time they had, Charlie and Rosie. They'll never lack for stories to tell their grandchildren. And what a time we had at Double Take discussing the spiritual and romantic journey of the African Queen.

READ the article