Understanding Screenwriting

screenwriting analyst Tom Stempel brings his customary wit and wisdom to bear on movies, television and books

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Understanding Screenwriting #153

Understanding Screenwriting #153

Tom Stempel on The Birth of a Nation, The Accountant, Inferno, Denial, Arrival, Beauty Shop, and All the President’s Men.

Tom Stempel on The Birth of a Nation, The Accountant, Inferno, Denial, Arrival, Beauty Shop, and All the President’s Men.

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Understanding Screenwriting #152

Understanding Screenwriting #152

Tom Stempel on Hell or High Water, Sully, Bridget Jones’ Baby, The Magnificent Seven, The Dressmaker, and Shadow of a Doubt.

Tom Stempel on Hell or High Water, Sully, Bridget Jones’ Baby, The Magnificent Seven, The Dressmaker, and Shadow of a Doubt.

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Understanding Screenwriting #151

Understanding Screenwriting #151

Westworld, Lethal Weapon and more! Tom Stempel takes a look at the 2016 Fall Television Season.

Westworld, Lethal Weapon and more! Tom Stempel takes a look at the 2016 Fall Television Season.

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Understanding Screenwriting #150, Part II

Understanding Screenwriting #150, Part II

Tom Stempel celebrates his 150th issue of Understanding Screenwriting with a compilation of some of his favorite reviews.

Tom Stempel celebrates his 150th issue of Understanding Screenwriting with a compilation of some of his favorite reviews.

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Understanding Screenwriting #150, Part I

Understanding Screenwriting #150, Part I

Tom Stempel celebrates his 150th issue of Understanding Screenwriting with a compilation of some of his favorite reviews.

Tom Stempel celebrates his 150th issue of Understanding Screenwriting with a compilation of some of his favorite reviews.

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Understanding Screenwriting #149

Understanding Screenwriting #149

Tom Stempel on Indignation, Café Society, Florence Foster Jenkins, Complete Unknown, Morgan, Rizzoli & Isles, and BrainDead.

Tom Stempel on Indignation, Café Society, Florence Foster Jenkins, Complete Unknown, Morgan, Rizzoli & Isles, and BrainDead.

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Understanding Screenwriting #148

Understanding Screenwriting #148

Tom Stempel takes a look at Ghostbusters, Bad Moms, Jason Bourne, and Hell or High Water.

Tom Stempel takes a look at Ghostbusters, Bad Moms, Jason Bourne, and Hell or High Water.

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Understanding Screenwriting #147

Understanding Screenwriting #147

Tom Stempel casts his eye over Genius, Finding Dory, Central Intelligence, The Shallows, and Our Kind of Traitor.

  So Why Are We Watching This? Genius (2016. Screenplay by John Logan, based on the book Max Perkins: Editor of Genius. 104 minutes.) Within the first week of its American release, this film only had a 45% favorable rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes (the audiences liked it a little better, with a 58% […]

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