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 Ebola Story

How our minds build narratives out of disaster.

The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola

PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer

The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics

A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers


Welcome to 13th Grade!

Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.


The Actual World

“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.

Want Kids to Delay Sex? Let Planned Parenthood Teach Them Sex Ed.

Would You Trust Walmart to Provide Your Health Care? (You Should.)

  News & Politics
Oct. 22 2014 9:42 PM Landslide Landrieu Can the Louisiana Democrat use the powers of incumbency to save herself one more time?
Continuously Operating
Oct. 22 2014 2:38 PM Crack Open an Old One A highly unscientific evaluation of Germany’s oldest breweries.
Dear Prudence
Oct. 23 2014 6:00 AM Monster Kids from poorer neighborhoods keep coming to trick-or-treat in mine. Do I have to give them candy?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 22 2014 4:27 PM Three Ways Your Text Messages Change After You Get Married
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 22 2014 5:27 PM The Slate Walking Dead Podcast A spoiler-filled discussion of Episodes 1 and 2.
Oct. 22 2014 11:54 PM The Actual World “Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2014 5:33 PM One More Reason Not to Use PowerPoint: It’s The Gateway for a Serious Windows Vulnerability
  Health & Science
Wild Things
Oct. 22 2014 2:42 PM Orcas, Via Drone, for the First Time Ever
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.