Posts by Samuel R. Staley
Samuel R. Staley is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Managing Director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center in the College of Social Sciences at Florida State University. He is a contributing author to the Independent books, Property Rights and Housing America.
Green Book Wins by Embracing Individual Human Dignity


A compelling historical drama about race in America.

The Vice in Vice


Artistically brilliant, but so partisan and propagandistic that many will have trouble appreciating the movie’s artistry.

A Star is Born Lifted by Performances of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper


The chemistry between Cooper and Lady Gaga is undeniable, helping the film rise above previous versions.

Bohemian Rhapsody Shines When Queen Connects to Audiences


Bohemian Rhapsody just picked up two Golden Globe nominations, and its success is unlikely to stop there.

Crazy Rich Asians and an American in Singapore


Crazy Rich Asians is earning its box office through solid acting, a solid screenplay, and first rate cinematography in Singapore and other Asian locals.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor Chronicles the Life of One of the Good Guys


A reminder of the fundamental goodness of human beings.

Mission: Impossible–Fallout and Deep State Redemption


Delivering what the people want: dazzling chase scenes and jaw-dropping stunts!

The Equalizer 2 Is More Than Just Another Vigilante Movie


With the pace, structure, and depth of an independent film, this is not a simple add-on to the franchise.

Masterpiece Cakeshop and the Hidden Tolerance for Gay Rights


The law has limits to changing hearts and minds.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Raises Ethical Questions about Technology and Life


The movie takes a surprisingly complex dive into the question of species preservation and the value of life.

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