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Meshaun Labrone’s Spook Goes From Stage to Tubi TV

“This is not just a cop story, it’s a human story, an American story,” says the playwright and former MPD officer.

In the summer of 2018, Meshaun Labrone, a former officer with the Metropolitan Police Department, performed his intense one-man play, Spook, as part of the Capital Fringe Festival. Labrone played Daryl “Spook” Spokane, an MPD cop on death row for murdering five fellow officers. The play takes place the hour before Spook’s scheduled execution when…

Scream: Take Five

25 years later, the fifth installment of the franchise, a “requel,” remains self-aware, but lacks the creativity that made the original Scream scary.

At one point during Scream, the fifth entry in the slasher horror series, someone enumerates on the idea of a “requel” […]

Licorice Pizza Pushes Boundaries With a New Take on Romance

Experimental in its conception, kaleidoscopic in its vision, Paul Thomas Anderson’s film challenges viewers to reconcile the modern world with one from a half century ago.

The first time we see 15-year-old Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman, clearly the son of Philip Seymour Hoffman), he’s in the high school men’s room […]

The Top 10 Films of 2021

WCP critics Noah Gittell and Alan Zilberman bring you their best movies and documentaries of the year.

In a year where escape has been sorely needed—how could we not celebrate the movies that gave us cause to forget about global pandemics, insurrections, and a growing Greek alphabet of COVID variants […]

Being the Ricardos: On Being a Woman in Hollywood

Aaron Sorkin finally spotlights the smartest woman in the room, but excessive, face “paralyzing” makeup limits Nicole Kidman’s otherwise stellar work.

It was only a matter of time before writer-director Aaron Sorkin made a movie about Lucille Ball […]

Women on the Verge at AFI’s EU Showcase

Starting this week, AFI’s European Union Film Showcase offers a slate of provocative films that delve into the lives of women protagonists.

What do a French nun from the 17th century, a modern Lithuanian waitress, and a post-revolution Iranian expat living in the Netherlands have in common […

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