Movie Articles

Michael Moore Back With 'Where To Invade Next'

8:48 PM, Aug 08, 2015

Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore will release his next movie in September in Toronto. Moore made the announcement on the Twitter live-streaming service Periscope. It'll premier at the Toronto Film Festival:


Here's the 6-min video from the Periscope I just did regarding my new film, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT. #W2IN #TIFF15

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Amy Schumer’s ‘Trainwreck’: A Conservative Critique of the Hook Up Culture

7:14 AM, Jul 23, 2015

Have you ever wondered what would happen if the conservative fantasy of taking over the culture came to pass? What if one major movie studio, and a few popular actors, comedians, writers, directors were conservative?

Producers would still have to work within the current social reality of a sexually promiscuous, morally untethered, post Judeo-Christian culture, of course. Audiences don’t pay for heavy handed, feel bad lectures. Where would you start?

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Podcast: On Sony, the Terrorists Win

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:01 PM, Dec 18, 2014

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with assistant editor Ethan Epstein on the Sony hacking and his blog item "Franco and Rogen, Useful Idiots?"

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Special Editorial: Surrender to North Korea

8:35 AM, Dec 18, 2014

In October 1940, Americans flocked to movie theaters to see Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator, mocking the most powerful tyrant on the globe. In December 2014, movie theaters and then the production company cancelled the release of The Interview because of threats of terror from a tinpot, though totalitarian and evil, tyrant who rules a weak and decrepit nation.

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Revealed: Little-Known Mississippi Attorney General Go-To Man for Hollywood

9:01 AM, Dec 15, 2014

It’s easy to see how Mississippi attorney general Jim Hood—a Bible-reading, pro-gun, pro-life, Democrat—has survived in statewide office even as his already conservative state has turned a deeper shade of red. Quite simply, he’s a likeable, quotable guy who doesn’t seem to have forgotten his roots in New Houlka, Mississippi (population 626).

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Apparently, the criminal life has its downside
Sep 29, 2014

There’s nothing quite so pointless as a movie about gloomy and depressed criminals. Why watch two hours about life on the other side of the law if there’s no kick to it? Crime movies are fun because they acknowledge the pleasures of transgression even as they show the wages of sin.

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The Gosnell Movie: 'America's Biggest Serial Killer'

12:38 PM, Mar 31, 2014

Three crusading filmmakers intent on doing stories that no one else will touch have moved on from a truth-telling documentary about natural-gas extraction to a planned TV movie about the man they’ve dubbed “America’s worst serial killer.” By the looks of it, plenty of people want the movie to be made.

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Superman’s Choice

Less powerful than a locomotive, but more meaningful.
Jul 01, 2013

Critics aren’t crazy about Man of Steel, the new Superman movie. It has a 56 percent favorable rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the site that aggregates reviews. But audiences love it; the Cinemascore poll gives Man of Steel a grade of A-. 

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Scorsese on Film

The director delivers the 2013 Jefferson Lecture.
12:30 PM, Apr 02, 2013

Last night at the Kennedy Center concert hall, Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese delivered the 2013 National Endowment for the Humanities Jefferson Lecture. He spoke of the importance of preserving film and lamented the studios' fixation with box office grosses. The end of celluloid saddened him, but he reminded us that there were exciting new developments in film technology we shouldn't overlook. But mostly Scorsese focused on protecting the old movies—90 percent of silent films are now gone. It's an important subject, don't get me wrong, but couldn't he have talked about Goodfellas or Casino a little bit? I mean, c'mon!

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John Kerry Plugs 'Argo'

11:12 AM, Feb 24, 2013

In testimony on Capitol Hill, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brought up the movie Argo last month to help explain the terror attack against Americans in Benghazi, Libya. And now, with the Oscars tonight, the new secretary of state, John Kerry, is again plugging the film. 

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Clinton Refers to 'Argo' in Explaining Benghazi

6:26 PM, Jan 23, 2013

During questioning today at a Capitol Hill hearing on the Benghazi terror attack, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton referred to the Hollywood movie Argo to explain her point:

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Report: Jackie Chan to Visit Iran

12:22 PM, Dec 25, 2012

Actor Jackie Chan has committed to visiting the rogue Iranian regime, according to a report from the Iranian outlet ISNA. The story is headlined, "Jackie Chan: I will definitely come to Iran."

"International action superstar, Jackie Chan said he would definitely visit Iran," the report reads. "In his short interview with Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) reporter in Malaysia, Jackie Chan said he had tried so many times to come to Iran in past years."

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Chairman King Concerned National Security Risked by Leaks to Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal

Makers of Zero Dark Thirty scrutinized.
12:15 PM, Dec 18, 2012

In response to a report that classified information had been leaked to the makers of the Hollywood movie Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, Congressman Peter King, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, says he's concerned.

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As the Zeitgeist Turns

2:35 PM, Jul 27, 2012

Can the Colorado shootings be blamed on the culture?  On too much violence in the movies?

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Fox News Sunday Panel on Colorado, Guns, and Politics

7:11 AM, Jul 23, 2012

Bill Kristol, with Evan Bayh, Liz Cheney, and Kirsten Powers, yesterday on Fox News:

And here's the Internet-only after-show on Israel and Iran:

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Obama Directs Flags to Be Flown at Half-Staff

1:23 PM, Jul 20, 2012

President Obama issued a proclamation directing government flags to be flown at half-staff "honoring the victims of the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado.

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Romney Gathers for a 'Word of Prayer'

11:51 AM, Jul 20, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gathered with supporters in New Hampshire this morning for "a word of prayer."

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Obama Prays, Takes Moment of Silence

10:01 AM, Jul 20, 2012

In brief remarks about the movie theater shooting, President Obama led the audience in prayer and a moment of silence.

"I would like us to pause in a moment of silence for the victims of this terrible tragedy, for the people who knew them and loved them, for those who are still struggling to recover, and for all the victims of less publicized acts of violence that plague our communities every single day. so if everybody can just take a moment," said President Obama, and then solemnly put his down.  

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White House: No 'Apparent Nexis to Terrorism'

9:17 AM, Jul 20, 2012

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters this morning on Air Force One that, in regards to the Colorado movie theater shooting last night, "We do not believe at this point there was an apparent nexis to terrorism."

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Grimm Tidings

This is funny, but it’s not supposed to be.
Jun 11, 2012

Geezers’ Delight

A fable for the underserved, over-50 crowd.
May 28, 2012

Every year, there is a movie that becomes an unexpected hit because it finds an audience among people the Hollywood studios resolutely ignore: the over-50 crowd. Last year, Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris struck a chord loud enough among those who still dream of arrondisement-hopping with Gertrude Stein to earn $149 million worldwide. In 2010, regular guys with AARP cards got to compare notes on retirement with CIA assassins Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren in Red ($199 million).

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Journalists Receive Invitation to Premiere of 'Dictator' at Robert Mugabe's Palace

10:26 AM, May 10, 2012

A mysterious mailer appeared in our mail boxes this week. It reads, "President Robert Mugabe and the Ministry of Education, Sport, Art and Culture invite you to the Premiere of The Dictator." The event's location? The "Presidential Residence" in Harare, Zimbabwe:

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Sony Hosted Obama Fundraiser, Releasing Bin Laden Movie Before Election

4:23 PM, Aug 10, 2011

There may be an overtly political reason that moviegoers will be seeing the story of the Osama bin Laden raid just before they vote for president. Sony Pictures, the company distributing next year's film, hosted a fundraiser for Barack Obama on their studio's premises in California last April. So far, Sony is the only major studio to hold a political fundraiser this cycle. According to Deadline Hollywood, Sony will release the bin Laden movie, directed by Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, on October 12, 2012--less than a month before the presidential election.

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