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Philip Martin

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MovieStyle Editor/Columnist

MovieStyle Editor, columnist

Recent Stories by Philip Martin

Review: Where to Invade Next

posted: 02/12/2016 1:47 a.m. Comment 1

The problem with Michael Moore has, from the beginning, been Michael Moore. Even when he makes good points -- and he often makes good points -- they're filtered through his carefully cultivated schlubby-truthteller-in-a-baseball-cap persona. What irritates some people about Moore's films is how self-aggrandizing they are.

Review: Mustang

posted: 02/12/2016 1:45 a.m. Discuss

In a comfortable, well-appointed Turkish house "a thousand kilometers" (621 miles) from Istanbul, five sisters are held prisoner.

Columnists: PHILIP MARTIN: Of politics and governance

posted: 02/09/2016 3:17 a.m. Comment 1

There's an election in Little Rock today, though you can be forgiven for believing it doesn't matter. It's not a vote on whether to raise taxes--taxes have already been raised.

Lessons of a Chinese Rolex

posted: 02/07/2016 2:15 a.m. Discuss

Afew years ago our house was burglarized. Among the items taken—one of the few things I cared about—was a Rolex watch of 1960s vintage that had belonged to my father.

Critical Mass: America's big show

posted: 02/07/2016 2:12 a.m. Discuss

"Baseball is what we were, and football is what we have become."

Winter releases gain in quality, ticket sales

posted: 02/05/2016 2:10 a.m. Discuss

This probably isn't the worst time for casual moviegoers. There are plenty of good films left from last year still in theaters, and if you haven't yet caught The Revenant, Room, The Big Short, Youth or Carol, you still have time. And I expect that in the next couple of weeks you'll be able to see Mustang, 45 Years, Son of Saul, Anomalisa, The Lady in the Van and maybe Mojave, which was a movie I liked at last year's Tribeca Film Festival. (Caveat: I am the only one I know who liked Mojave.)

Columnists: PHILIP MARTIN: The future is unwritten

posted: 02/02/2016 3:41 a.m. Discuss

The 2016 presidential campaign starts now.

Spirits: Abstaining, judging is not a package deal

posted: 01/31/2016 2:25 a.m. Discuss

Early this month we ran into a friend at a social occasion. He was uncharacteristically demure, sitting by himself on a sofa, ostentatiously drinking a diet soda. We didn't even have to ask, he volunteered.

Columnists: Notes from a rookie teacher

posted: 01/31/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

A friend of mine has started teaching at a local high school.

Review: Quite a kick

posted: 01/29/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

I might have had better things to do on a Saturday afternoon than drive 32.5 miles to attend a simulcast "world premiere event" of DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 3 at the Cinemark Towne Center in Conway. I'm not sure grown-ups should attend these things unaccompanied by a member of the target demographic, and there were no little kids available for shanghaiing. I was glad when my wife, Karen, agreed to accompany me on the outing, because you don't want to be a grown man showing up alone at one of the matinees. Mothers glare at you like you're Jerry Sandusky at the Chuck E. Cheese.

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