Author: SR Staley

SR Staley has one more than 11 literary awards for his fiction and nonfiction writing. He is on the full-time faculty of the College and Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University as well as a film critic and research fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, California. His award-winning Pirate of Panther Bay series (syppublishing.com) has won awards in historical fiction, mainstream & literary fiction, young adult fiction, and reached the finals in women's fiction. His most recent book is "The Beatles and Economics: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and the Making of a Cultural Revolution" due out in April 2020 (Routledge).

Spy drama All the Old Knives is an excellent entry to film noir

Chris Pine and Thandiwe Newton headline the spy film All the Old Knives, a film…

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Lou is a solid, if inconsistent, action adventure

Lou, a Netflix Original action thriller, was clearly intended to be a vehicle for Allison…

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Why CODA‘s heart and mainstream coming-of-age story upended Hollywood

When CODA took the award for Best Picture at the 94th Academy Awards, more than…

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Multi-genre The Black Phone keeps momentum with suspense

Summary: More suspense than horror, the Black Phone is a well-crafted coming of age story…

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Elvis movie centers on ambition, conflict of Interest

Baz Lurhmann‘s Elvis is well worth seeing in the theaters, but it’s worth remembering this…

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Jurassic World: Dominion Falters on Weak Plot

Jurassic World: Dominion, while destined to be one of the summer’s block busters, falters on…

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Top Gun: Maverick soars higher than original

I was set to go see Top Gun: Maverick even though I knew it could…

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House of Gucci Can’t Take Off Despite Hollywood Royalty

Despite excellent performances by some of Hollywood’s leading starts, Ridley Scott’s (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator)…

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Peter Jackson’s The Beatles: Get Back makes long overdue correction to narrative

When I heard that Peter Jackson, perhaps the most versatile contemporary filmmaker today, was working…

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West Side Story and In The Heights present different immigrant stories

Two movies premiered in 2021 – West Side Story and In The Heights – with…

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