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All the Write Moves: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Given the sheer number of Spider-Man movies that have been released since Tobey Maguire gave Kirsten Dunst that upside-down kiss back in 2002, it’s reasonable to wonder whether there’s anything left to say about the iconic Marvel Comics character. Th...
All the Write Moves: Aquaman
Given how deeply superhero cinema permeates pop culture nowadays, it’s borderline pointless to complain when a film in this genre defies normal expectations of narrative credibility. Nonetheless, the cheerful outrageousness of Aquaman is quite someth...
All the Write Moves: Destroyer
Contemporary media has no shortage of stories about complicated police detectives, but there’s always room in the mix for a smartly-crafted piece that uses a murder mystery as a means of exploring character. Destroyer, the new film from respected ind...
All the Write Moves: Mary Poppins Returns
When the beloved Disney musical Mary Poppins was released in 1964, ideas of what constituted movie magic were very different than they are now. Not only was Mary Poppins made nearly 20 years before the first CGI movie scenes, but audiences didn’t liv...
All the Write Moves: Vox Lux
When studying current movies for lessons applicable to future scripts, the temptation is to identify formulas—hit such-and-such plot point by page 10, make sure the narrative twists dramatically at the end of each act, etc. But sometimes it’s useful ...
All the Write Moves: Creed II
The myriad parallels between the ups and downs of the Rocky franchise and the way the franchise’s two protagonists navigate athletic careers are fascinating. In the first six movies, spanning 1976 to 2006, simple but noble boxer Rocky Balboa (Sylvest...
All the Write Moves: Mary Queen of Scots
In a life that spanned just 44 years, Mary Stuart (1542-1587), better known as “Mary, Queen of Scots,” changed the course of British history and left behind an example of empowered womanhood that continues to fascinate. She’s been the subject of book...
All the Write Moves: Bohemian Rhapsody
It’s easy to criticize the new Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody for some of the same reasons that, back in the day, it was easy to criticize Queen’s music. Led by the outsized personality of frontman Freddie Mercury, Queen made tunes that were alternat...
All the Write Moves: 'Can You Ever Forgive Me'
Simultaneously delicate and tough, Can You Ever Forgive Me? introduces viewers to Lee Israel, a real-life figure who made her name as a biographer before starting a clandestine new career by forging letters credited to Noël Coward, Dorothy Parker and...
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