Movie Review Philosophy


“Expert on movies!” – NPR on Stephen Michael Brown,

Welcome! I’m Stephen Michael Brown, and I’ve harbored a lifelong fascination with the movies. As a movie critic and writer for Gannett Newspapers, Creative Loafing, Pre-Vue Magazine, Reeltime Networks, TheaterMania and other assorted outlets for more than 20 years, often under the syndicated column “Lights… Camera… Reaction!,” I’ve collected more than 500 of my capsule reviews for this Silver Screen Capture Web site. Three years ago I became a bit more prolific in reviewing again and have since been interviewed and quoted by NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, The Christian Science Monitor and PR Week for my perspectives on film. Even the latest edition of John Wayne: The Magazine includes my perspectives on The Duke’s “Movies with a Message.”

This site includes a sampling of reviews published between 1991 and today, plus some occasional guest commentaries from kindred spirits and lifelong friends Eli Sanchez and Jamie Williams. We also examine film festivals, new short films, trailers and timely industry news. We were recently invited by Dolby to chronicle the Academy Awards.

An admirer of Roger Ebert’s populist and lively writing about movies, I ascribe a letter grade rating to films as a way to cut to the chase. As a subscriber to Andrew Sarris’ auteur theory, I also believe movies are largely the product of “director as author” – that’s why I always mention the director by name in reviews. There’s also a Rent It Tonight section updated weekly with movie news about new titles to consider from your download device, smartest of smart TVs or dispenser of choice.

By day, I am Chief Innovation Officer at one of the nation’s top integrated marketing firms, Cookerly Public Relations, where amazing colleagues embrace my moonlighting as a blogger and critic. This site was recently featured on VoyageATL.

Enjoy this site built by the magnificently talented Bethany Brown. There’s a companion channel on Facebook. Hopefully these properties will help you discover a movie to watch, rent or stream today!


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