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).

Sérgio resists easy answers to global violence

Events unfolding in Afghanistan are likely to breathe new life into the movie Sérgio.  The…

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The Outpost’s gritty realism shows America’s war in Afghanistan

As America ends its formal 20-year combat commitment to Afghanistan, viewers might find The Outpost…

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In The Heights celebrates first gen Americans

My movie review of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s movie version of In The Heights is live on…

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Suicide Squad’s redeemable sociopaths make the mayhem enjoyable

The plot of the James Gunn’s 2021 version of the movie Suicide Squad is thin….

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Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is all fun parody

Everything about Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is a spoof of the action movie genre. This includes…

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i am ALL GIRLS is a crime thriller carrying a dark message

i am ALL GIRLS (2021) is a dark thriller from South African which dives deep…

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Nobody is ridiculous, well crafted, high-octane entertainment

Perhaps the most surprising part of watching the action movie Nobody (2021) was how much…

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John Wick 3 is nonstop, production value action

Review originally posted on Facebook, May 18, 2019. Reposted with minor stylistic edits, March 27,…

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Da 5 Bloods Provides Glimpse into African American Experience in Vietnam

Spike Lee didn’t find major award gold in 2020. But his provocative drama Da 5…

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Dwarfism, little people, and St. Nic, Inc.

Little people, or people with dwarfism, figure prominently in the award winning action novel St. Nic, Inc. for an important reason.

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