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Finally, a Martial Arts Movie That’s More Than 1 Invincible Asian Guy

How a Welsh director made the next great Eastern action film.


Why You Rarely Notice Major Movie Bloopers

The visual field accounts for the recent past in order to prevent us from feeling like we’ve gone mad.


The Unconventional Role Wes Anderson’s ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Could Play in the Ukraine Crisis

The nostalgic dreams this timely film rouses can provide an antidote against the next foreseeable bout of “Ukraine fatigue.”


The Last Picture Show

As the screens we watch our movies on get smaller and smaller, we’re losing a unique, communal experience.


The End of the 555 Phone Number

What began as a creation of Ma Bell and then became a Hollywood staple is now quickly disappearing—as it should.


Masochism at the Movies: Historical Horrors With Alfred Hitchcock and Steve McQueen

Brutalism on screen—and its moral repercussions.


There’s Nothing Subversive or Anti-Business About ‘The Lego Movie’

More than just a set of plastic bricks, Lego has positioned itself as the perfect toy brand by working to inspire nostalgia, creativity, and wonder. And the hottest film of the year to-date is a celebration of that.


Is Watching ‘Gone With the Wind’ Just as Good as Real Marriage Therapy?

A recent study reveals that watching relationship-themed movies and discussing them with your partner can be just as effective as visiting a marriage counselor.


How to Win an Oscar Nomination

Sociologists at the University of California-Los Angeles have come up with statistical predictors for getting the nod.


The Dumb Debate Over Cell Phones in Movie Theaters

Everyone’s solution: find somewhere else.


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