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‘Joker’ Is Wild, But Arthur Fleck Is No Partisan Tool

To weaponize the film as just another ideological salvo reduces pop culture to agitprop.

The Right Horror Flick to Distract From America’s Nightmare

Or maybe just watch "Queer Eye" again and remember the world isn’t always a big scary place run by a clown.

Privilege and Punishment: Felicity Huffman and the Prestige Problem

With legacy enrollment dramatically rising at America’s top colleges and universities, who needs fraudulent admissions anyway?

‘Stranger’ Days: Remembering the Penelope Ashe Hoax

How 24 newspaper writers teamed up 50 years ago to create the sex-soaked novel "Naked Came the Stranger."

Mr. Rogers Is Not the Man You Are Looking For

We have to talk about masculinity, but not how we change it. We need to talk about how to channel it.

Trump Sacrifices Pro-Conservative ‘The Hunt’ to His Own Victim Complex

"The Hunt" reminds us: seldom is enjoyable art also emperor-sanctioned cult messaging.

Bass Reeves, Overlooked American Hero, Gets Hollywood Close-Up

The story of the first Black deputy US marshal west of the Mississippi is coming to the screen.

How Abortion Narratives Are Changing in Hollywood

Amazingly, encouragingly, the subject is suddenly everywhere.

For Indie Artists, Does the Daisie App Match the Hype?

It's the wild, wild west (of Westeros).

Pip with Pizzazz: Ethan Mordden Assesses Barbra Streisand

Diversity, inclusion and curious sins of omission in a new book on the "greatest star."

It’s Good to Be Alive

How a US military intelligence officer survived catastrophic injury and found a path to Hollywood.

Please, Lynn Nottage, Don’t Make Me ‘Meet Vera Stark’!

One of our towering dramatic playwrights finds no time for comedy.

My Journey with Orson Welles (and the Betacam)

The co-author of the new play "Maverick" remembers the year he worked with a genius.

Did We Fail Marlon Riggs?

In April 1994, the Associated Press published a story on how HIV+ patients were starting to live longer. A study out of San Francisco...

And the Oscar Goes to…Blanche Walsh?

The idea of "movie star" was built for her. She deserves the first "Forgotten Women" Oscar.

Ten 2018 Movies the President Should Watch (But Won’t)

They'd have a lot to teach him. If only he'd watch them. And none are by white guys.

In ‘Network’ on Broadway, Design Battles Howard Beale

Played by a craggy, and mesmerizing Bryan Cranston, he's not going to take it anymore.

Pastors, Skaters, Lady Gaga: Vox’s Alissa Wilkinson on 2018’s Best Films

Vox's film critic joins CFR's Sean Douglass and Jose Solís‏ to review their "favourite" movies of the year.

New Plaza Cinema: Rising on NYC’s Upper West Side

From the ashes of an iconic film house comes an exciting new venture.

Screen or Stage, Tyne Daly Finds Arts Essential to Democracy

The Emmy- and Tony-winner has choice thoughts on men and #MeToo, too.
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