Stephanie Zacharek

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  • 6 days ago | Film and TV

    Depending on whom you talk to, we live in an era of conformity or one of anything-goes individuality; in a golden age of television or the brightest of movie galaxies. But just about everyone will agree that we’re ruled by screens of all siz...

  • Blake Lively, quietly dazzling in pictures like The Town and the almost embarrassingly enjoyable Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, has been off the scene since Oliver Stone's 2012 Savages, presumably just living an...

  • Though it's hard to believe in 2015, there was a time when fictional heroines didn't have to be role models, when a character's backbone could be more than just a row of vertebrae lined up into teachable moments. It's wonderful that modern...

  • 7 days ago | Film Reviews

    It's nearly impossible to persuade the average American citizen, especially if he's a straight man, that haute couture has a reason to exist. The phrase isn't just a catchall for "really expensive clothes," as it's commonly misunderstood, but a sp...

  • 7 days ago | Film Reviews

    No one likes the idea of growing older, and anyone who claims as much is lying, either to you or to herself. The anxiety of aging actors is particularly acute, not necessarily because they feel the passage of time intensely, but because, having th...

  • Filmmaking for grown-ups is so scarce these days that it's tempting to grade Daniel Espinosa's bleak, bone-crunching thriller Child 44 on a curve: Tom Hardy plays dutiful secret police agent Leo Demidov, who stomps around Stalinist Russia...