New Movie Finds “No Escape” From Controversy. Here's What the Filmmakers Have to Say About It.
by Christopher Zumski FinkeSep 01, 2015
- I interviewed the filmmakers of "No Escape" to see if they think their movie is racist. Spoiler alert: They don't.
New David Foster Wallace Movie Shows a Regular Guy Who Happens to Be a Genius—That’s Why It Works
by Christopher Zumski FinkeAug 07, 2015
- Jason Segel steers away from his usual funny guy persona in "The End of the Tour," and plays the late "Infinite Jest" author David Foster Wallace.
All Sign Language, No Subtitles: Behind the Ukrainian Thriller That’s Changing How We Experience Cinema
by Christopher Zumski FinkeJul 17, 2015
- "The Tribe" has no spoken dialogue at all—viewers must search for meaning through body language and emotion. This is why it works.
This “Raging Granny” Crashed a Wall Street Dinner to Demand Answers
by Peter D'AuriaMar 27, 2015
- “Two Raging Grannies” is a beautifully shot film that juxtaposes a journey into activism with a profound meditation on aging.
Why “Broad City” Is the Perfect Comedy for the Student Debt Generation
by Kate AronoffMar 18, 2015
- The Comedy Central show allows millennials of a specific demographic—and even those outside of it—to laugh at the situation the 1 percent has handed them.
“Selma”: A Beautifully Shot Film Shows How Change Really Happens
by Kate AronoffJan 17, 2015
- Neither a “great man” history of Martin Luther King Jr., nor a tale of forgotten underdogs, Selma is about skilled activists building a movement.
When Christmas Dinner Gets Uncomfortably Political, These Cues From “House of Cards” and Other Shows Can Help You Out
by Kate AronoffDec 22, 2014
- This year’s most popular movies and TV series can be a tool to work your way out of a particularly bad conversation.
“Wild” Could Have Been a Standard Hollywood Weeper. Here’s How Reese Witherspoon Saved It
by Christopher Zumski FinkeDec 19, 2014
- To call “Wild” a redemption film is to minimize the wide range of emotions it works with—not to mention the subtlety of Reese Witherspoon’s performance.
Video: This Philly Beauty Salon and Rehab Clinic Helps People Heal—With a Little Magical Realism
by YES! EditorsDec 19, 2014
- A new documentary, "Hollywood Beauty Salon," lets people who struggle with mental illness and addiction tell their own stories in unexpected ways.
Ridley Scott's Weak Defense of "Exodus" Casting Will Help You Understand Why Hollywood's So White
by Christopher Zumski FinkeDec 12, 2014
- All the main characters are played by white people. It doesn't really have to be that way.
Everything You Need to Know About the Radical Roots of Wonder Woman
by Christopher Zumski FinkeDec 10, 2014
- Her enigmatic creator believed women were destined to rule the world. 10 facts about the iconic heroine.
Matt Damon, Harrison Ford Lead All-Star Cast in Showtime Climate Change Series
by Dana DrugmandOct 27, 2014
- Years of Living Dangerously features celebrity correspondents who thoughtfully explore how politics and religion divide people and impede action on this critical issue.
"Snowpiercer": If You Care About Climate Change, This Sci Fi Thriller Is For You
by Kate AronoffJul 07, 2014
- The film never flinches from the complex connections between economic and environmental problems.
How the Real Teens Behind "The Fault in Our Stars" Are Bringing Empathy to the Internet
by Christopher Zumski FinkeJun 06, 2014
- They call themselves "nerdfighters"—and they're unlike any movement you've seen before.
A Social Justice Tour of Oscar Winners Through the Decades
by Christopher Zumski FinkeFeb 28, 2014
- The upcoming Academy Awards will recognize some of 2013’s best social justice-themed films. Here are some of our favorite past winners.
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