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.
Unplanned Searches for a Broad Audience but Gets Lost in Its Advocacy


Unplanned follows an advocacy narrative that limits its ability to reach a broad audience. Those in favor of reproductive rights will find little in the movie or its story that will sway them.

Yesterday, the Beatles, and the Value of Earned Success


Yesterday is a tribute to the enduring legacy of popular music and its ability to bring joy to the human heart.

Apollo 11 Highlights Human Capacity for Technical Achievement


Released commercially in March, Apollo 11 is an achievement in filmmaking in its own right.

Anna Is All Action in Quest for Personal Freedom


Anna is not just another stylish, action drama. The movie is all those and more: a paean to the human spirit and its innate quest for freedom.

Hotel Mumbai and the Face of Terrorism


Hotel Mumbai captures it all—the heroism, the carnage, the evil, the heartbreak, the senselessness, the pure terror—while never losing its humanity.

Captive State Probes Depths of Despair Under Oppression


When working at their highest level, science fiction movies provoke and engage in ideas fundamental to human existence.

How Did Liberty Fare at Oscars 2019?


Defenders of freedom, individual liberty, and human dignity had a good night at the 2019 Oscars.

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.

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