Note: Beginning in 2018, movie reviews include an approximate word count . Typical reviews in newspapers run about 300-400 words. My longer reviews (700+) typically appear as movie analysis published by the Independent Institute in Oakland, California. (Movie review archive can be found here.)
*Signifies Academy Award nominee. I've consolidated my reviews of the nominees into one blog post here. Also, I've written an extended essay on how human dignity and individual freedom fared at the 2019 Academy Awards.
2018 (release date)
Generally, the movies that I have seen and intend to review are on this list, with links to live reviews. A movie is not on this list for one of two reasons: I have not seen the movie, or the movie scored lower than an 8.5 on my rubric (roughly a B). If you have a question about a specific movie, feel free to email me with a question at email@example.com.
Given the subjective nature of movies as an expression of art, and the fact negative reviews tend to prejudice the commercial success of a film more than positive ones, I generally do not post negative reviews.
If you have a question about a movie, feel free to email me at Sam@srstaley.com.