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Please Step On My Grass: New Adulthood in American Culture

Lila Kalick | Posted 11.16.2014 | Women
Lila Kalick

Becoming more self-aware in the process of aging is the hard earned prize of our adult lives. It's what gives and will give us the authority to speak with conviction to younger generations. It doesn't make us children.

A.O. Scott's "The Squeeze on the Middlebrow"

Francis Levy | Posted 10.04.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

In a recent Times Arts and Leisure piece, "The Squeeze on the Middle Brow" (NYT, 8/1/14). A.O. Scott takes aim at both Virginia Woolf and Dwight Macd...

NYT Critic: Adam Sandler's New Movie Will 'Make Your Children Stupid'

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 05.23.2014 | Entertainment

To say that A.O. Scott was merely unimpressed by Adam Sandler's new comedy "Blended" would be an understatement. In a scathing review of the rom-c...

Spike Lee Takes On 'Lame' NYTimes Film Critic

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 03.31.2014 | Black Voices

Spike Lee's war with the New York Times over gentrification isn't going away any time soon: after the paper's head film critic AO Scott took on the su...

Jared Leto and the Archaic, Destructive Stereotype

Dana Beyer | Posted 05.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Jared Leto played Rayon like a man, further confusing the public who both conflate gay with trans in general, and drag performance with the lived reality of the typical trans life.

On August: Osage County

Clive Davis | Posted 03.19.2014 | Entertainment
Clive Davis

Rather than shrug it off as another expected Streep tour de force, marvel at the ability of this remarkable actress to touch you and affect your emotions like no one else.

'Gangster Squad' Actor Responds To Harsh New York Times Review

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 01.15.2013 | Entertainment

New York Times film critic A.O. Scott is probably used to actors taking issue with his negative reviews. Last year, "Marvel's The Avengers" star Samue...

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Vengeance in Django Unchained

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 02.27.2013 | Entertainment
Ian Reifowitz

Tarantino has replaced "Happiness" with "Vengeance." The idea that vengeance is as all-American as the Declaration of Independence is one of the defining ideas of the Hollywood Creed, as depicted in the earliest days of films such as, well, Birth of a Nation.

The Year of the Woman and the Hefty Burden of Making Choices

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 02.10.2013 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

The behavior of a woman who appears on the public stage can be counted on to provoke a contentious referendum on the state of women in general. Is this good for women?

Samuel L. Jackson Blasts Film Critic Over 'Avengers' Review

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 05.03.2012 | Entertainment

Samuel L. Jackson was the subject of a pretty extensive New York Times Magazine cover story last weekend, but that didn't stop him from expressing dis...

On The Artist, The Lure of Nostalgia, and Ten Silent Movies Worth Talking Up

John Farr | Posted 05.18.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Just when you start believing there's no hope for anything daring and original coming out of Movieland, something gets released that surprises you. The Artist is one such movie -- and what's new about it is that it's old.

Is Today's Film Comedy in the Toilet?

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

I continue to be nostalgic for comedy that doesn't require constant profanity or a surfeit of fart gags to succeed, that relies instead on subtle, clever scripts and witty dialogue; movies that in the end give their audiences some credit for brains and taste.

What's With the New York Times Movie Reviewers?!?

Abe Gurko | Posted 09.07.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Gurko

Couple of weeks ago, with an itch to see a summer film, though the offering so far seems lackluster, we were this close to seeing Super 8 when a revie...

Steamed About 'Cultural Vegetables'

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.04.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I was bemused when Dan Kois wrote his "aw shucks" piece in the New York Times in April about how, sometimes, he just can't get with the program when i...

Life's Just a Comic Book: Thor, and Hollywood's Monetization of Mediocrity

John Farr | Posted 06.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

This weekend's release reflects the industry's increasing reliance on that forbidden joy of my childhood -- the comic book -- to justify its existence. But many of the nation's critics readily drank the Thor Kool-Aid.

Are the Best Movies for Grown-Ups Being Made Outside the U.S.?

John Farr | Posted 06.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

2011-04-25-farr.jpgWhen it comes to what I call "human-scale" films, the rest of the world is eating our lunch.

What Would Jonathan Swift Think of Jack Black's Gulliver?

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Danny Groner

When director Rob Letterman took certain liberties in updating the tale to click with a younger, modern audience, did he stray too far from the original Swift story?

Middle Men (A Mayor Koch Review)

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ed Koch

A.O. Scott, in his review of this film, leaves the reader with the impression that Middle Men is a soft-porno flick, akin to Boogie Nights. It's not.

An Open Letter to Variety

Nick Kreiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Nick Kreiss

We used to rely on you, Variety. At festivals, your film reviews gave insecure acquisition execs the push they needed to buy the tiny little movie they liked.

In the tank for Scorsese?

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

My friend Jeffrey Wells recently ran a link to my review of Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, which I really liked, on his always interesting website,...

Is Theater More Relevant Than Ever?

Julia Moulden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julia Moulden

We want to learn and share our thoughts and feelings with others. When I discovered a theatre company that wants plays to be more than mere diversions for a docile audience, I whooped with joy.

The Alarming Decline Of Expressive Language, In Life and On Film

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Even as today's high school and college students are pushed harder in school, they cannot write an essay or use descriptive language nearly as fluently as their parents and grandparents could.

That's The Way It Wasn't

Sam Leff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Leff

Some forty years after Walter Cronkite told it like it was and called the Chicago of 1968 "a police state," Tom Brokaw, A.O. Scott, and Andie Tucher told their own versions -- like it wasn't.

"At The Movies" Hosts A.O. Scott, Michael Phillips A Return To Siskel & Ebert: Critic

Los Angeles Times | ROBERT LLOYD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

New hosts A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips bring a balance of fun and smarts, just as Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert provided....

Ben Lyons, Ben Mankiewicz Dropped As "At The Movies" Hosts

AP | FRAZIER MOORE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — Cue the closing credits for "At the Movies" co-hosts Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz, who've endured a year of caustic reviews for their...