Alan Scherstuhl

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  • One of the nastiest tricks the bastards ever played was to convince artists that it's best never to be strident. Nina Simone's still-vital "Mississippi Goddam," from 1964, is a grimly jaunty showtune, an uneasy experiment in which the song's form...

  • 7 days ago | Film Reviews

    One of the nastiest tricks the bastards ever played was to convince so many artists that it's best never to be strident. In the name of aesthetics or audience-pleasing or just not wanting to come off as shrill, a great many artists deny themselves...

  • After a decade of TV work and a not-bad kids flick, Joe Dante -- like his '03 Looney Tunes -- is back in action. But instead of harking to the creature-feature matinees that once inspired him, his zombie-girlfriend embarrassment Burying...

  • Part of what makes writer-director Rick Famuyiwa's Dope so fresh and joyous is that in many key ways it's not new at all. Here's a dramatic teen comedy, flavor-crystaled with sex and drugs and innocent raunch, about good friends who get...

  • 14 days ago | Film Reviews

    Part of what makes writer-director Rick Famuyiwa's Dope so fresh and joyous is that in many key ways, it's not new at all. Here's a dramatic teen comedy, flavor-crystaled with sex and drugs and innocent raunch, about good friends who get caught up...

  • 1 month ago | Film and TV

    Good or bad, Cameron Crowe movies build to improbable declarations of sincerity, to the great acts or speeches a man must loose from himself into a world too cynical to value them. His heroes always must filibuster regular life with their decency....