Top 10 movies of 2013: One man’s non-curmudgeonly list

Despite the stretches of the summer that felt like a wasteland at the multiplex, 2013 turned out to be a very good year for movies. Although I saw 160 movies last year (96 of which were assignments), I still wouldn't claim this list is definitive — there are too many new releases now, on all sorts of distribution channels, for that. Read more [...]

Worst of 2013: What did literature ever do to deserve movies like ‘Austenland’ and ‘Salinger’?

A super-size version of Salinger plays on PBS next week, but spare yourself: Both Austenland and Salinger are so awful that they suggest American filmmakers are ill-suited to making movies about literary culture. Read more [...]

About those explicit scenes in ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’…

Is it possible to write about Blue Is the Warmest Color without addressing the sex scenes? In any conversation about the film they’re the first thing to come up. Does the director get a pass on the charge of exploitation because his movie is a sincere, brilliantly acted depiction of a passionate love affair? Read more [...]

‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’ is an even better movie than the controversy might lead you to believe

The controversies and whiff of scandale swirling around Blue Is the Warmest Color have overshadowed what a good movie it is. You may not want to take my word for it, though — it's possible no male film critics are to be trusted on the subject of this film. Read more [...]