Ben Williams

Ben Williams writes "Summary Judgment" forSlate.

Summary Judgment
April 9 2004 4:01 PMTruth Is Duller Than FictionThe latest big-screen Alamo is accurate, and boring.
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March 26 2004 1:30 PMIs Dogville a Dog?Critics battle over the merits of Lars von Trier's latest.
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March 12 2004 3:04 PMCalling All ViewersCritics really, really want you to watch Wonderfalls, a show with talking tchotchkes.
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Feb. 27 2004 12:50 PMPlease, Put Baby in the Corner!Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights has no rhythm. Plus, critical consensus on The Passion.
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Feb. 13 2004 12:13 PMVoting SlightsSuffragettes make like Powerpuff Girls in HBO's Iron Jawed Angels.
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Jan. 30 2004 1:45 PMSmall Bounce, Imperfect ScoreTwo heist capers that don't quite work.
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Jan. 16 2004 3:16 PMDizzee DeeliteThe artist that bloggers built.
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Dec. 30 2003 11:52 AMPeter Pan, All Grown UpDoes the remake feature too much heavy breathing?
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Dec. 19 2003 3:04 PMThe Semiotics of SaddamDissecting the tape of the dictator's capture.
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Dec. 5 2003 12:21 PMWilliam H. Macy Gets LuckyThe Cooler is a film that does sex right.
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Nov. 21 2003 4:50 PMWhat The Cat Dragged InCritics think Mike Myers delivers too much shtick.
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Nov. 7 2003 2:33 PMElizabeth Smart vs. Jessica LynchWho is the blandest of them all?
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Oct. 24 2003 1:01 PMRhapsodies in SilverImpossibly ornate metaphors for Frank Gehry's Disney Hall.
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April 2 2004 4:27 PMIs Air America Any Good?The birth pangs of liberal talk radio.
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March 19 2004 3:04 PMThe Really Wild WestCritics are shocked by Deadwood's cussing, but it's a worthy addition to HBO's gritty legacy.
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March 5 2004 4:27 PMLazy BoysIs Starksy & Hutch played-out nostalgia or inspired comedy?
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Feb. 20 2004 4:34 PMReality BitesSuddenly, critics are mad as hell about schlock TV.
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Feb. 10 2004 3:50 PMForget LamborghinisWriters solve their midlife crises with a spate of confessional memoirs.
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Jan. 23 2004 12:33 PMThe Sundance SkidHas the film festival gone Hollywood? And does it matter?
Dec. 31 2003 12:28 PMThe Critics CritiquedTheir nastiest insults, most insightful reviews, and oddest fixations this year.
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Dec. 26 2003 1:02 PMPaycheck Is WorthlessBut critics think Renée Zellweger is the queen of Cold Mountain.
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Dec. 12 2003 5:13 PMBloody SellThe makers of Grand Theft Auto release an even gorier game.
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Nov. 26 2003 11:37 AMGo West, Old ManTommy Lee Jones rides off with The Missing.
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Nov. 14 2003 5:13 PMAll Pens on Deck!Master and Commander has Anthony Lane ready to join the navy.
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Oct. 31 2003 5:30 PMSilver SpoonsLifestyles of the rich who hope to be famous.
July 29 2002 4:29 PMThe RemixmastersA history lesson for Puffy Combs.



The Irritating Confidante

John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.

My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s

Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee

Medical Examiner

Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?

Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?


Driving in Circles

The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

The World’s Human Rights Violators Are Signatories on the World’s Human Rights Treaties

How Punctual Are Germans?

  News & Politics
Oct. 22 2014 12:44 AM We Need More Ben Bradlees His relationship with John F. Kennedy shows what’s missing from today’s Washington journalism.
Oct. 21 2014 5:57 PM Soda and Fries Have Lost Their Charm for Both Consumers and Investors
The Vault
Oct. 21 2014 2:23 PM A Data-Packed Map of American Immigration in 1903
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 21 2014 3:03 PM Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 21 2014 1:02 PM Where Are Slate Plus Members From? This Weird Cartogram Explains. A weird-looking cartogram of Slate Plus memberships by state.
Brow Beat
Oct. 21 2014 9:42 PM The All The President’s Men Scene That Perfectly Captured Ben Bradlee’s Genius
Oct. 21 2014 11:44 PM Driving in Circles The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.
  Health & Science
Climate Desk
Oct. 21 2014 11:53 AM Taking Research for Granted Texas Republican Lamar Smith continues his crusade against independence in science.
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.