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Philip Martin

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MovieStyle Editor/Columnist

MovieStyle Editor, columnist

Recent Stories by Philip Martin

CRITICAL MASS: Summer in the cinema

posted: 05/24/2015 2:17 a.m. Discuss

At last week's Little Rock Film Festival someone came up to me and said, "If Mad Max: Fury Road isn't the movie of the summer, it's going to be a heck of a summer."

Seeing things we can't quite apprehend

posted: 05/24/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

"The aim of art is not to copy nature, but to express it. You are not a servile copyist, but a poet!"

On Film: Openly adoring our film festival

posted: 05/22/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Next year, I might take a couple of days off during the Little Rock Film Festival.

Critical Mass: Music manifesto

posted: 05/17/2015 2:18 a.m. Discuss

It might be impossible to overstate the importance of Mystery Train, but that doesn't mean people haven't tried.

Bentonville Film Festival: lost in the Twilight Zone

posted: 05/17/2015 1:57 a.m. Comments 2

When I was a kid, I once walked into a quiet establishment near the front gate of Barksdale Air Force Base that I thought was a doughnut shop. I thought this because of the neon sign out front that said "Doughnuts."

Review: 5 Flights Up

posted: 05/15/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Amiable and mild, the chief pleasures of Richard Loncraine's 5 Flights Up (which played festivals last year as Alex & Ruth) are the comfortable, unstressed performances of Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman as a longtime married couple (Ruth and Alex) beginning to come to grips with new realities.

Review: The Salt of the Earth

updated: 05/15/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

In her 2003 book Regarding the Pain of Others, the late critic Susan Sontag rails against the way the world's most comfortable citizens consume violence as spectacle, enjoying the thrill of "proximity without risk" while insulated from any real repercussions.

Review: Dior and I

posted: 05/15/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

When fashion designer Christian Dior published his memoir in 1956, the title he chose for the book was Christian Dior & I, a reference to his bifurcated self, his "Siamese twin ... the man in the public eye, and Christian Dior, private individual."

On Books: Biographers can't tell a lie; or can they, George?

posted: 05/10/2015 2:44 a.m. Discuss

Americans have been avid consumers of biography at least since Mason L. Weems' The Life of Washington was a best-seller in 1806.

Learning the truth about music at 33

posted: 05/10/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

There was a headline that popped up in my Facebook feed the other day, something about how the average American stops listening to “new music” when they reach the Christlike age of 33.


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