Act Four



  • Opinion

Box-office data and viewer ratings aren't just business jargon.

  • Opinion

Mischaracterizing Rowling’s fiction or “Cuties” to build a case against them is the quickest way for opponents of these works to discredit themselves.

  • Opinion

The pop cult of RBG emphasized style and cheery affirmation in a way that left little room for nuance.


  • Opinion

If the covid-19 pandemic and horrifying images of police violence have reminded Black Americans that the past isn't really past, this summer was full of art and images that suggest striking new futures for all of us.

  • Opinion

The Netflix movie about a pre-teen dance troupe is supposed to gross you out. But if you see it as a critique, you have to respond.

  • Opinion

It’s the way the totalitarian impulse degrades the relationship between those who accede and those who resist.

  • Opinion

The uproar provided little sense of the film’s nuances.

  • Opinion

Representation is as much a matter of nuance as of numbers. The new rules about how to qualify for Best Picture can't make those conversations easier.

  • Opinion

It is contemptibly cowardly to offer anything but solidarity to the journalists at Charlie Hebdo.

  • Opinion

Whether you decide to venture into a theater may depend on what you think movies are.

  • Opinion

If films are worth writing about, they’re worth writing about seriously, as art separate from logistical concerns — and seeing properly, as they were meant to be seen.

  • Opinion

What distinguishes these series from more self-flagellating approaches to social change is their combination of accountability and empathy.

  • Opinion

Can't we give Americans a heads-up when their entertainment is doubling as Chinese agitprop?

  • Opinion

We need more pop culture that's specifically aimed at lusty adults, conservative families and actual kids.

  • Opinion

A New York Times reporter was foremost among Stalin's lieutenants leading a crime against humanity.

  • Opinion

Next Act Cinema celebrated its first anniversary as the coronavirus hit. Now, the Black-owned theater is trying to figure out how to stay in business.

  • Opinion

“The Old Guard” and “Palm Springs" debuted recently on Netflix and Hulu, respectively.

  • Opinion

How horror, kid's movies, comedies and indie film will respond to the pandemic.

  • Stephany Folsom, Zack Stentz, Aisha Tyler, Adam Pally, Paul Scheer and Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • Opinion

Theater owners are trying to navigate inconsistent advice and the personalities of our leaders. The result is a mess.

  • Opinion

A show obsessed with time has something to offer when everything is moving forward — and more to offer when we're stuck and frustrated.

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