US Election

The team behind Zero Dark Thirty are making a TV show about Trump vs Clinton

By Rebecca Dykstra

The US election saga is being serialised by screenwriter Mark Boal.

Read Ethan Coen’s darkly hilarious New York Times editorial

By David Jenkins

One half of America’s greatest filmmaking family unit takes aim at the Trump enablers.

The Rule Book – Bridge of Spies and the shifting Constitutional battleground

By Sam Adams

Steven Spielberg’s spy drama is an important reminder that being American is not a matter of where you were born but what you believe.

Now is the time to watch Jimmy Carter’s “Crisis of Confidence” speech

By David Jenkins

The one-time Democratic president’s message is well worth revisiting in our troubled political times.

How to rig an election (according to the movies)

By Nick Chen

From subliminal messaging to phoney wars, here’s how to screw over your political rival, Hollywood style.

Mike Drop – How Channing Tatum and President Obama redrew the template for masculinity

By Simran Hans

Simran Hans considers the link between two of America’s most prominent and progressive leading men.

A New Hope – Black empowerment and symbolic casting in contemporary blockbusters

By Caspar Salmon

Our Obama Era Cinema series continues with Caspar Salmon reflecting on the vitriolic online backlash to recent progress in Hollywood casting.

White Gaze – How films of anxiety and introspection clouded America’s dominant perspective

By Stephen Winter

In our latest Obama Era Cinema essay, Stephen Winter considers the impact of two controversial role reversal fantasies.

Black Lives Matter – Social media activism and the politics of protest

By Katherine McLaughlin

How a handful of filmmakers and a simple hashtag turned stories of African-American oppression into a national concern.

U-S-A 4EVA – An inaugural address to the Spring Break nation

By Adam Lee Davies

How might President Barack Obama’s famous speech have looked had it been co-written by a certain James Franco?

Blue Collar Blues – Southern identity and disillusionment in the cinema of Jeff Nichols

By Glenn Heath Jr

Each of the Arkansas director’s films addresses pressing social concerns affecting working-class white voters.

Shock Doctrine – Patriotic dissent in the unsavoury cinema of Dinesh D’Souza

By Vadim Rizov

Vadim Rizov considers the mainstream appeal of a trilogy of proudly racist films by one of conservative America’s most potent voices.

Southside with You

By Matthew Eng

Barack and Michelle Obama’s fated first date is retraced in this modest romantic drama from writer/director Richard Tanne.

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Todd Phillips: ‘The world is waking up to the fact that the system is rigged’

By Adam Woodward

The War Dogs director talks truth, Trump and why laughter will always be the best medicine.

10 great political speeches in film

By David Jenkins

As America gears up for a season on the stump, we pick our favourite examples of great political oration in the movies.

In praise of Philip Baker Hall’s performance as Richard Nixon

By Taylor Burns

Robert Altman’s Secret Honor contains the single greatest portrayal of the disgraced former US President.

The Age of Consequences – first look review

By Brogan Morris

The Hurt Locker meets An Inconvenient Truth in this vital new climate change documentary.

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