Reel Change in The Atlantic

I’m back in The Atlantic today. discussing the new Terrence Malick film, To the Wonder, and why it marks such a dramatic shift from the great director’s earlier work. Here’s a taste: “Malick seems to have grasped something about a generation of young adults who have not yet grown up. Neil has never learned to…

On the Death of Roger Ebert

Some of you may be wondering why I have written nothing about the death of Roger Ebert. On the day he died, I looked through my Twitter feed (where I follow many film writers and critics) and discovered an outpouring of grief, sadness, and outright shock. “OH NO OH NO OH NO,” read one tweet.…

The 5 Essential Sam Rockwell Performances

It does not take much prompting to get me to talk about Sam Rockwell. I consider him to be vastly underrated as an actor, so I see it as my duty to pontificate on his brilliance when presented with the opportunity. That’s what happened last week, when a colleague popped into my office to ask…

5 Celebrities Who Could Run for Office

Last week, Ashley Judd disappointed supporters when she officially declined to run for U.S. Senate in her “home” state of Kentucky. But her reluctance to jump into what would have been a very tough race won’t preclude other celebrities from considering running for office. In fact, it seems that celebrities are flirting with the idea…