Ben Williams

Ben Williams writes "Summary Judgment" forSlate.

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Nov. 5 2004 1:49 PMMetrosexual and the CityCritics debate how well Jude Law does Alfie.
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Oct. 22 2004 2:07 PMI'll Stay Home for Surviving ChristmasBen Affleck's new movie gets panned.
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Oct. 8 2004 3:32 PMJelinek the ObscureSex and fury make for a Nobel Prize winner.
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Sept. 24 2004 4:35 PMBest ForgottenJulianne Moore's new movie offers less, not more.
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Sept. 10 2004 4:07 PMJoey: How You Doin'?Critics miss his old Friends.
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Aug. 27 2004 3:43 PMShock TreatmentThe anticlimactic release of The Brown Bunny.
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Aug. 13 2004 3:28 PMJulie Andrews Made Them CryBut is that reason enough to see The Princess Diaries 2?
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July 30 2004 3:51 PMWe Hate YeSpike Lee's latest lackluster film.
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July 9 2004 4:04 PMMetallica Confronts Its DemonsAnd critics enjoy watching.
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June 25 2004 2:33 PMMoore PoliticizingBut Fahrenheit 9/11 alone won't unseat Bush.
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June 11 2004 3:35 PMA Real Uncool CatGarfield is everybody's least favorite pet.
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May 28 2004 2:05 PMPolitical GirlThere's not enough sex in Madonna's strident new tour.
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May 14 2004 11:43 AMAchilles' ReelIn Troy, Brad Pitt provokes critical drool.
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May 7 2004 11:57 AMLoretta Lynn and the Olsen TwinsHer new album's great, their movie is not.
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April 23 2004 5:04 PMWhat Friends MeantThe bloviation begins.
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Oct. 29 2004 2:31 PMThe Man Who Knew To "Mosh"Responding to Eminem's powerful new political video.
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Oct. 15 2004 3:28 PMTango and TrashCritics say no to J. Lo's new movie, Shall We Dance?
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Oct. 1 2004 2:14 PMCritics Hate HuckabeesMost say David O. Russell's latest lacks heart.
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Sept. 17 2004 4:41 PMAngelina's Fetish GarbAnd other Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow observations.
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Sept. 3 2004 1:43 PMBerserk for BjörkWarm praise for Icelandic pop star's a cappellaalbum.
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Aug. 20 2004 12:56 PMRevisiting DeliveranceWithout a Paddle and Mean Creek update the 1970s classic—for better or for worse.
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Aug. 6 2004 4:40 PMWait Until SharkBone-chilling Open Water impresses critics.
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July 16 2004 3:08 PMMe and My PosseCritics split on HBO's latest, Entourage.
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July 2 2004 2:22 PMMighty SpideyCritics swoon for the sequel.
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June 18 2004 4:02 PMSpielberg's Star-Spangled MannerCritics sound off on what The Terminal reveals about America.
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June 4 2004 5:08 PMSpellboundAlfonso Cuarón makes Harry Potter worth watching.
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May 21 2004 4:57 PMMichael Moore Returns Is Fahrenheit 9/11 Any Good?
Mixing Desk
May 10 2004 12:13 PMScavenger HuntThe best Prince songs you haven't heard.
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April 30 2004 1:36 PMP. Diddy Takes the StageAnd he's not terrible!
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April 16 2004 3:37 PMKill Bill KillsCritics swoon for the second installment.




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. 23 2014 8:51 AM The Male-Dominated Culture of Business in Tech Is Not Great for Women
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 22 2014 5:27 PM The Slate Walking Dead Podcast A spoiler-filled discussion of Episodes 1 and 2.
Brow Beat
Oct. 23 2014 9:00 AM Exclusive Premiere: Key & Peele Imagines the Dark Side of the Make-A-Wish Program
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
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 23 2014 7:30 AM Our Solar System and Galaxy … Seen by an Astronaut
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.