Sisanda Henna, Megan Fox, and Brandon Auret in “Rogue.”

Hollywood Likes Feminists When They’re Imperialists

Female-led movies are repeating the same stale images of power.

A still from Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods.”

In ‘Da 5 Bloods,’ Vietnam Is Just Another Backdrop for American Pain

Even U.S. anti-war movies end up reenacting the same imperialist fantasies.

People buy tickets for Disney’s Mulan at a cinema inside a shopping mall in Bangkok on Sept. 8.

Artists of the World, Unite

Only by standing firm against China together can makers escape global cultural paralysis.

Taika Waititi and Roman Griffin Davis in the 2019 film Jojo Rabbit.

Fascists Know How to Turn Mockery Into Power

Satirists who mean to cut down fascists can end up boosting their ideas.

A scene from Edgar Wright's 2004 zombie comedy “Shaun of the Dead.”

What I Learned About the Coronavirus World From Watching Zombie Flicks

There are terrible parallels between the pandemic and the zombie apocalypse. But don’t despair—there is hope for humanity yet.

Sky Pizza in Seoul

‘Parasite’ Has a Hidden Backstory of Middle-Class Failure and Chicken Joints

In a few words, Bong Joon-ho conjured up a whole tale of economic insecurity.

A scene from "Abominable" taken in a theater and shared by Vietnamese media.

Hollywood Is Paying an ‘Abominable’ Price for China Access

A kid’s movie has turned into a geopolitical nightmare for DreamWorks.

The movie poster for "One Child Nation."

The Dark Legacy of China’s One-Child Policy

On the podcast: The filmmaker Nanfu Wang tells the harrowing story of her own family’s one-child ordeal.

Lim Zheng Jie Wo, 76, scavenges in a back lane of the financial district in Singapore on January 5, 2009. (ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Hollywood Has No Time for Crazy Poor Asians

Asian-American politics don't translate on screen into sensitivity to Singapore's real issues.

Iron Man and Captain America X. (Marvel Studios)

The Avengers at a Crossroads: Assessing Prospects for New Strategic Challenges and Opportunities

For the world’s premier superpowers to better confront new international threats, fresh strategic initiatives are needed in a challenging era.

A still from "The Death of Stalin." (IFC Films)

Giggling at the Gulag

"The Death of Stalin" turns tyranny into comedy.

The Young Karl Marx. (Frederic Batier/Agat Film/Velvet Film)

How to Make Karl Marx Sexy

The philosophy of economics doesn’t make for a good movie. It gets easier if you drop the philosophy and the economics.

Rajkummar Rao stars as the title character in "Newton." (Courtesy Drishyam Films)

Newton’s Last Discovery

Bollywood’s dark hit comedy features a bureaucrat lost in India’s political jungles.

Recording artist Taylor Swift, musician Este Haim, actress Jaime King, producer Harvey Weinstein, and recording artist Lorde attend The Weinstein Company and Netflix's 2015 Golden Globes After Party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

Russians Don’t Understand Why Anyone Is Upset With ‘Girl Crazy’ Weinstein

In Putin’s Russia, discussion of sexual harassment and domestic violence are largely taboo.


‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’: Some nice portrayals in a C-movie wrapper

Better directorial judgment and a larger budget would have made for a more compelling film.


‘Dunkirk’: I finally saw it

My wife and I had some downtime in Portland, Maine, before I gave a talk there, so we dropped in to see “Dunkirk.”

A woman walks past a video screen showing scenes from the movie " Wolf Warrior 2" outside a theater in Beijing on August 21, 2017.
Fresh from shattering China's box-office record, patriotic blockbuster "Wolf Warriors 2" has claimed another slice of history by becoming the first non-Hollywood film to break into the top 100 all-time grossing movies worldwide. / AFP PHOTO / Greg Baker        (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

China Finally Has Its Own Rambo

The ultra-nationalist fantasy Wolf Warrior 2 is making crowds - and government officials - happy.


Screw Brad Pitt and the ‘War Machine’ He Rode in On

The Stanley McChrystal — and the war in Afghanistan — I knew is not at all like what you’ll see on Netflix.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25:  Actress Gal Gadot arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Wonder Woman" at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

At the Last Minute, Lebanon Bans ‘Wonder Woman’

Lebanon, which is still technically at war with Israel, banned the film because the lead actress is Israeli.


‘Fury’: The sergeant major responds to the writer/director’s defense of the film

Before I give cites to my comments, I thought I might give a vignette that I experienced in dealing with recollections made far after the fact.