Posts by Samuel R. Staley
Samuel R. Staley is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University. He is a contributing author to the Independent books, Property Rights and Housing America.
Can Family Theme Push Avatar: The Way of Water to Blockbuster Profitability?
An earnest story of family, loyalty, and acceptance grounds technologically groundbreaking film
Blonde Deprives Marilyn Monroe of the Dignity She Earned
Stunning cinematography and an Oscar-worthy performance by Ana De Armas can’t save this off-the-rails cinemagraphic meditation on Monroe's life
Wakanda Forever Charts Risky Course in Marvel Universe
Afrocentric plot and themes may fail to engage broader audiences
Spielberg Chooses Art Over Biography to Elevate The Fabelmans
An exquisitely crafted and executed “coming of age” drama grounded in Steven Spielberg's own childhood
The Gray Man, Harvard Elites and State-Sponsored Murder
Well produced action movie saved from a thin plot by an excellent, experienced cast
The Black Phone’s Christian Themes
The sleeper hit movie The Black Phone is a well crafted coming of age story within the horror genre
CODA’s Middle American Heart Upends Industry Heavyweights
Did a small movie with a mainstream coming-of-age message humble woke Hollywood?
Elvis Movie Tells Cautionary Story of Conflicting Interest and Ambition
Bold Creative Choice Uses the Villain to Tell the Story of A Pop Icon
Jurassic World: Dominion Falters on Heavy-Handed Eco-Disaster Message
A satisfying dinosaur romp refuses to grapple with the complexity of environmental challenges
Top Gun Maverick Soars With Drama and Action
Sequel to Top Gun Shows More Commitment to Craft and Story
No, Will Smith’s Assault at the Oscars Was Not “The Most Beautiful Thing”
Normalizing Retributive Violence Is Tearing America Apart
The Beatles: Get Back Is Long Overdue Correction to Beatles Narrative
Spielberg’s West Side Story Doubles Down on Tragedy of Prejudice
Free Guy is Light-Hearted Take on Heavy Tech Issues
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Earns Its Blockbuster Stripes
Three Movies that Explore Complexity of the War on Terror
In The Heights Celebrates First-Gen Americans
Black Widow’s Performances and Familial Intimacy Lift Marvel Action Movie
Nomadland’s Humanity Drives Cinematic Brilliance
A Well-Crafted Action Movie, Run Hide Fight Contributes to Larger Discussion of School Violence
Revenge Thriller Promising Young Woman Challenges Thinking About Sexual Assault
Wonder Woman 1984 Lassoed by Sprawling Plot and Confused History
The Jim Crow Legacy of Southern Military Bases
Mr. Jones Makes Compelling Case for Scrappy, Robust Journalism
Mulan’s Subtle Subversion Withstands Beijing’s Censors

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