films

How Jiu-Jitsu Helped an Unmacho Filmmaker Face His Fears — and Inspired the Year’s Most Off-Kilter Karate Comedy

Soon after The Art of Self-Defense premiered at this year’s South by Southwest, filmmaker Riley Stearns was asked what inspired his delightfully and willfully odd…

‘Jaws’ Is the Quintessential Summer Movie — Every Summer

Forty-four years after its initial release, Jaws is still in the water. It’s not just that it eventized summer as a movie-going experience by getting…

Understanding Black Boyz Through the Empathetic Lens of John Singleton

When I think back on the life and career John Singleton, who died on Monday at the age of 51, I tend to focus on…

‘Captain Marvel’ and the Challenge of Rooting for Progressive Superhero Movies

In Captain Marvel, Brie Larson plays a superhero who has to battle evil shape-shifting aliens while grappling with troubling, mysterious memories and a nasty bout…