Movies

Photograph of a Captain Marvel poster above a movie theatre entrance; the poster shows Brie Larson as Captain Marvel standing with a star and flashing lights behind her

Military Propaganda and Empowerment in Captain Marvel

Marvel's newest hit Captain Marvel was marketed with female empowerment in mind, but what about the heavy military message?
A photo of the Hollywood sign at sunset.

Harvey Weinstein and Addressing Hollywood’s Unacceptable Reality

Harvey Weinstein's record of sexual assault reveals an uncomfortable truth about sexual harassment in Hollywood - a truth that must be addressed.
photograph of "all men must die" billboard for Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones, Avengers: Endgame, and the Ethics of Spoilers

Where does the wrong we feel in spoiled book and movie twists come from? What is spoiler etiquette based on?
A black-and-white photo of George Patton marching through a cemetery.

Should History be Kinder to George Patton?

A new documentary argues that General Patton's leadership should be a model for today, requiring a reassessment of the controversial general's legacy.
photograph of joker graffiti on wall

The Killing Joke: The Ethics of ‘Joker’

Reception to 'Joker' has tended to extremes. How do time and place define Joker's message? What responsibility do the creators and publishers share in the public's interpretation?
A photo of Louis CK at an awards ceremony

Is it O.K. to Watch Louis C.K.?

As more allegations of sexual misconduct among Hollywood elite like Louis C.K. continue to appear, how should we approach their artwork?
A collage of four photographs of James Dean

Resurrecting James Dean: The Ethics of CGI Casting

From Carrie Fisher in Star Wars to James Dean in Finding Jack, the use of CGI is expanding. What could be the harm in bringing back beloved icons to the screen?
a panorama of a rural Missouri landscape

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and the Ethics of Black Humor

Though critically and commercially successful, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has concerned some with its brand of black humor.

Ethical Messages at the Academy Awards

It has become common for those being honored to use their time on stage to comment on social justice issues. Should they?
image of photographers and fans with actors of the Black Panther film

All Hail the King

What does Marvel's new Black Panther film do for people of color?