A tale of two podcasts: my visits to Forma and Libromania

In which I find myself as a special guest on two separate podcasts, both of them hosted by David Kern, for…

Good with crayons? Enter Auralia’s Coloring Contest.

As the four volumes of The Auralia Thread reach their decennial anniversaries, here's a challenge for imaginations of…

Widows (2018)

Widows starts with a bang and then devolves into an overstuffed, over-serious, and even predictable thriller.

Madeline’s Madeline (2018)

Josephine Decker's wildly imaginative new film is worth seeing for its experimental ambitions, even if, in the end,…

First Man (2018)

Putting Ryan Gosling's feet on the moon, Damien Chazelle has found firmer footing than he did in the eager-to-impress…

The Hate U Give (2018)

Preachy, but elevated by an excellent lead performance, The Hate U Give is the kind of after-school special that all of…

A Star is Born (2018)

Bradley Cooper's big remake of A Star is Born strums all those predictable chords so hard, all the strings start…

Join me for two special screenings of Prospect in Seattle

At two special Seattle screenings of the sci-fi thriller Prospect, I will interview filmmakers Zeek Earl and…

Puzzle (2018)

This film looks like a movie made from far-too-familiar pieces. Instead, Puzzle is a delightful and rewarding surprise.

Dead Poets Society and the Legacy of Dr. Luke Reinsma

Four years ago this week, I wrote about how I had changed my mind about "Dead Poets Society." This week, I re-post it…

A great film about linguistics has arrived…

"There is nothing novel about isolationism," says Dr. Kathryn Bartholomew, professor emeritus of languages and…

Three Identical Strangers (2018)

Three Identical Strangers is about the joys of brotherhood, the importance of free information and effective…

Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Crazy Rich Asians is a Cinderella story in which someone much richer than most of us discovers that wealth is relative,…