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In addition to my writing, I am a film critic for the Independent Institute, a think tank based in Oakland, California with a global platform. Reviews with a political economy angle are usually posted on the Independent Institute site (although they also examine the artistic merit and quality of the film). Reviews that are more artistically focused, or targeted toward a more general movie-going audience, are posted on my personal blog ( and links are posted on my movie review Facebook Page (@themovieswithsam). Below are the links to all these reviews. Civil and serious comments and reactions to my review are welcome on both sites. Full disclosure: I do not receive compensation for these reviews. I almost always see them in theaters and pay the full ticket (or DVD) price. Those interested in reading more about my process for scoring and evaluating reviews can find a more complete discussion in "Scoring Movies: A Personal Guide to Evaluating Film Content and Visual Storytelling."