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.



Scalia’s Liberal Streak

The conservative justice’s most brilliant—and surprisingly progressive—moments on the bench.

Colorado Is Ground Zero for the Fight Over Female Voters

There’s a Way to Keep Ex-Cons Out of Prison That Pays for Itself. Why Don’t More States Use It?

The NFL Explains How It Sees “the Role of the Female”

The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B


Theo’s Joint and Vanessa’s Whiskey

No sitcom did the “Very Special Episode” as well as The Cosby Show.


The Other Huxtable Effect

Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.

Cliff Huxtable Explains the World: Five Lessons From TV’s Greatest Dad

Why Television Needs a New Cosby Show Right Now

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