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 Democrats’ War at Home

How can the president’s party defend itself from the president’s foreign policy blunders?

An Iranian Woman Was Sentenced to Death for Killing Her Alleged Rapist. Can Activists Save Her?

Piper Kerman on Why She Dressed Like a Hitchcock Heroine for Her Prison Sentencing

Windows 8 Was So Bad That Microsoft Will Skip Straight to Windows 10

Homeland Is Good Again! For Now.


Cringing. Ducking. Mumbling.

How GOP candidates react whenever someone brings up reproductive rights or gay marriage.

Building a Better Workplace

You Deserve a Pre-cation

The smartest job perk you’ve never heard of.

The U.S. Has a New Problem in Syria: The Moderate Rebels Feel Like We’ve Betrayed Them

The Ludicrous Claims Women Are Pitched at “Egg Freezing Parties”

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The Eye
Oct. 1 2014 1:04 PM An Architectural Crusade Against the Tyranny of Straight Lines
  Double X
The XX Factor
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Political Gabfest
Oct. 1 2014 1:53 PM Slate Superfest East How to get your tickets before anyone else.
Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 1:13 PM The Essence of Gender Roles in Action Movies, in One Supercut
Future Tense
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  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 1 2014 12:01 PM Rocky Snow
Sports Nut
Sept. 30 2014 5:54 PM Goodbye, Tough Guy It’s time for Michigan to fire its toughness-obsessed coach, Brady Hoke.