The 2024 Summer Movie Season Needs a Serious Shakeup

Ben Friedman

Doom and gloom may well be coming for movie studios, but for a vastness of reasons, including studio overspending, the streaming model, and an inability to manage audience expectations -- The Fall Guy, IF, and Furiosa all seem to have fallen victim to self-imposed failure brought about by poor studio financial strategies.

The Don Quixote of New Jersey

Mark Tarallo

There may be better places to sound for depth, to mine for connections, to steep oneself in the near-eternal and give the ultracontemporary world the slip, than Edgewater, New Jersey. But from just outside my three rented rooms on Undercliff Avenue, through the rusty sideways diamonds of the staggering fence that runs along the walk and separates the occasional pedestrian from the oil tanks and cranes below, there is much to consider.

Calling Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Space Lasers

Eric Green

Marjorie Taylor Greene is not the only politician who seems to have gone off the deep end, whether they actually fall for such crazy ideas or are just doing so for political gain. Take for instance, New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, the high priestess of abandoning rational thought to serve her lord and master, the former president.

‘Ghostlight’ Executes a Grounded Story of Family, Tragedy, and Levity

Ulises Duenas

The performances of the cast keep things interesting, and the writer does a good job of mixing in some humor, so that the film doesn’t feel overly dramatic. It all pays off with some very emotional and even cathartic moments by the end.


 

Fathers Should Also Look After Themselves -- as Well as Their Children

Derek M. Griffith and Elizabeth C. Stewart

Fathers generally aspire to be able to look after their children, spouse, or other loved ones. That may mean less sleep, longer hours at work, and less free time for hobbies and exercise.

Scandal, Spectacle, and Santos: From Comedy to Congress in the Year of George

Angelo Franco-DeWitt

In the end, George Santos is a reflection of our times—an era where the performance often overshadows the policy, and where the allure of the outrageous can eclipse the need for integrity. Let’s remember that the true challenge lies in balancing our appetite for entertainment with our responsibility as informed citizens.

Käthe Kollwitz at MoMA – Saluting the People’s Artist

Sandra Bertrand

Socialist movements were the order of the day in 19th-century Germany. Rapid industrialization was replacing an agrarian economy at the common man and woman’s peril. Kollwitz responded.

Will New Airline Consumer Protection Rules Help When You Fly This Summer?

Christopher Elliot

Travelers have every reason to be concerned. Airlines are clever and often find ways around new government rules. For example, if the government requires the disclosure of a junk fee like baggage charges, airlines will come up with a new charge not covered by the regulation to make up for it.

The Beatles, the Stones, and Remembering Yesterday

Eric Green

Despite their humble origins growing up in working-class Liverpool, nothing could hold them back, even as sophisticated Londoners looked down their noses at these lads from the supposedly uncouth British north country. Their fantastic commercial success was something as a teenager I could dream about for myself either in music or some other still-to-be-determined pursuit.

What Doomsday Looks Like in Annie Jacobsen’s ‘Nuclear War’

Lee Polevoi

How do you imagine the unimaginable? How do you write about it? That’s the task investigative journalist Annie Jacobsen sets for herself in Nuclear War: A Scenario, her hypothetical account of nuclear warfare and the end of the world as we know it.

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