This Is the Interview About His Ancestor Ben Affleck Tried to Suppress

Ben Affleck really didn’t want people to know that one of his distant ancestors owned slaves—going so far as to lobby celebrity genealogy TV show Finding Your Roots to suppress the segment in which that ancestor is discussed. But we got our hands on a copy of the script—and now you can read the mild interview that… »4/23/15 9:46am4/23/15 9:46am

Love, Actually: David Fincher's Dark, Thrilling Gone Girl, Reviewed

In early 2011, when David Fincher was getting ready to shoot The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo while in the midst of Oscars promotion for The Social Network, the director made a revealing comment about how he separates his work into two categories: "movies" and "films." To his mind, Fight Club and Zodiac were… »9/29/14 3:17pm9/29/14 3:17pm

Benlands. Terrence Malick's To The Wonder, With A Silent Affleck, Reviewed.

1. You can make all the jokes you want about Terrence Malick's movies, particularly these last two later-era ones, whose interest in normal movie things like "plots" and "stories" and "coherent narratives" is minimal at best, but they knock my socks off. I know that both The Tree of Life and now To The Wonder (which… »4/10/13 6:20pm4/10/13 6:20pm

Ben Affleck's Only Weakness As A Director: Casting Ben Affleck. Argo, Reviewed.

1. Argo is such a terrific, jaw-dropping true-life tale, with such a natural, seamless movie storyline, that anyone who knows the story would beg the filmmakers not to screw it up. So it's a relief that they absolutely do not do that. There are so many tones to juggle here; this is a film that veers from political… »10/09/12 6:08pm10/09/12 6:08pm