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Philip Martin

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MovieStyle Editor/Columnist

MovieStyle Editor, columnist

Recent Stories by Philip Martin

Commentary: PHILIP MARTIN: We have to do better

posted: 01/17/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

I am fairly certain we will have a new president on Friday. It is all right to be anxious, but maybe we ought to try to be optimistic too. I don't think he'll succeed in dismantling the republic--only we can do that, and it will probably take us decades--and no one should be more worried about the new administration than those Republicans who allowed themselves to be co-opted by an obvious con artist.

Critical Mass: Out of the basement

posted: 01/15/2017 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Robbie Robertson is having a moment.

Maybe you should be a little sad

posted: 01/15/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Miniver Cheevy I am not; the last thing I want is to become one of those mandarins holding forth on how we used to do it back in the day, when legends walked and rewrite men dueled compositors in hallways with rusty X-acto knives and gleaming pica poles. Let someone else point out how noble and important is the work that's produced in newsrooms; I'll just say I've never been in a newsroom populated mainly by the clear-eyed and mentally hygienic.

MOVIE REVIEW: Just 'Jackie'

posted: 01/13/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Jackie Kennedy was one of the first icons I can remember.

ON FILM: Critics' range wide in 2016 top 10 lists

posted: 01/13/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

For the third week in a row, notable moviegoers tell us the best movies they saw last year. We'll have at least one more of these in the newspaper -- after that we'll run some lists on the blood, dirt & angels (blooddirtangels.com) blog.

Commentary: PHILIP MARTIN: "Hate crimes"

posted: 01/10/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

I have often said I don't believe in "hate crimes," by which I mean I don't believe that one's motivation for committing an offense ought to be considered an aggravating factor at sentencing.

Critical Mass: PHILIP MARTIN: Stones show they've still got blues

posted: 01/08/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 6

The new Rolling Stones' album Blue & Lonesome is pretty cool.

Columnists: I've known boys like you

posted: 01/08/2017 1:49 a.m. Comments 4

Dylann Roof, I have known you all my life.

Review: Flawed Figures

posted: 01/06/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

A nice enough message movie with a trio of fine performances at its core, Hidden Figures is nevertheless overly safe and inappropriately comforting, fitting squarely in the well-established minorities-overcoming-adversity-with-dignity genre. It's a good family film in the sense that it probably won't upset anyone, but it's hard to escape the suspicion the real people on whose stories it is based deserve a more nuanced treatment, one that's less slavishly devoted to the conventional notions of America's Cold War and civil rights mythologies.

Review: A Monster Calls

posted: 01/06/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

One of the things we try to stay away from in most of these reviews is a discussion of a given film's commercial prospects. We're not interested in how a movie might profit its makers or its stars, for we aren't writing for a trade publication but for an audience of what we imagine to be interested, alert but resolutely amateur moviegoers.

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