Back to the Free State

The Free State of Jones isn’t very good entertainment, but it deserves credit for getting much of the story of the Civil War and Reconstruction right.

Nobody Wants Some

Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!! assumes we’d all like to return to the days when the boys ruled campus.

The Means of Escape

The communists in the Coen brothers’ Hail Caesar! are silly caricatures, but the film upholds basic Marxist premises.

Dreams of the Fifties

Channeling Steven Spielberg, Jurassic World sets the “bad” forces of social upheaval against the “good” traditional values.

Eileen Jones

Eileen Jones is a film critic at Jacobin and author of the book Filmsuck, USA. She teaches at the University of California, Berkeley.