Movie Review: Desperados
“Romcom,” that headline-friendly mashing of genre, is more a continuum than a designation. On one end sit entertainments akin to old-time romance, unlikely to produce much laughter; these are primarily crafted to make audiences feel for the plight of the lovelorn lead.
The #1 Movie in America
The old aphorism is straightforward: “Strike while the iron is hot.” This is an established truism in Hollywood, particularly as concerns sequels; if you’ve got a hit that could shoulder another chapter, you should be in pre-production by the time the audience digests their popcorn.

Review: Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things
The traditional music documentary is a sturdy format.
Movie Review: Shirley
“Shirley” is a slow burn psychological drama — quiet and perceptive, tense and unsettling.
The 400-Word Review: My Spy
My Spy
Dave Bautista is at an odd point in his transition from WWE rings to Hollywood.
The 400-Word Review: Irresistible
If you’re a producer, the descriptor “fictional political comedy” is intimidating.
Top Chef Recap
When you bring a butcher to tears
We started with fifteen. We’re down to three.
The BLM Moment in Da 5 Bloods
Da 5 Bloods
Director Spike Lee last week discussed the movement’s place in the filming of his acclaimed new film.
Top Chef Power Rankings
Here we go!
The #1 Movie in America
Dr. Seuss is a box-office heavyweight.
This Weekend, Read This
Snape would never make that face.
The Finals! Who would win a duel between Minerva McGonagall or Severus Snape?
Review: Scare Package
Scare Package
There are far more forgettable horror anthologies than there are good horror anthologies.
Top Chef Recap
Cheese, Gromit!
One isn’t the loneliest number, four is. With four chefs left, one will be left to rue how agonizingly close he or she came to making the finale.
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July 2, 2020
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This Date in Film History

Jean Harlow and MGM producer Paul Bern marry. The marraige is brief, as Bern kills himself in September of that year.


Hollywood's favorite Everyman Jimmy Stewart dies of a pulmonary embolism in Los Angeles, California.

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