Alan Scherstuhl

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  • This America's-changing sports and race drama is well made, well acted, and sometimes beautiful. The sport here is cross-country; in 1987 the real-life Jim White (Kevin Costner) founded and coached McFarland, California's underfunded squad of...

  • 12 days ago | Film and TV

    American Sniper notwithstanding, the first fresh multiplex trend to emerge in 2015 is Old White Dudes Learning to Share Their World. First came Kevin Costner in the sour Black or White, playing a coot who discovers that black folks love their kids...

  • 17 days ago | Film and TV

    “You ready for another miserable video game?” I heard one critic crack to another as I settled in for Jupiter Ascending. “Maybe in March we'll see this year's first good movie,” his pal said back, as if Girlhood, Hard to Be...

  • 17 days ago | Film and TV

    Those more devoted to the genre can debate whether Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service is the best comic-book movie of the last few years. What's beyond argument, however, is that Vaughn has whipped up the most interesting one — an...

  • 18 days ago

    We feel for you. Except for some aggrieved MRAs, the culture as a whole has already deemed 2015 the year of Sleater-Kinney. The celebration of the back-from-break riot grrrl rock gods has been so thunderous that we're sure any day Disney is going ...

  • 18 days ago | Film and TV

    Those more devoted to the genre can debate whether Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service is the best comic-book movie of the last few years. What's beyond argument, however, is that Vaughn has whipped up the most interesting one — and the ...