It’s a good day, but it’s also a weird day. While the rest of the world is dealing with sophomoric pranks and avoiding fake internet stories this morning, we are celebrating. Because exactly three years ago today, I hit the “go live” switch on this very website.

So, as is now an annual tradition, I’m trying to get everyone to calm down, to take things seriously, and to allow me to have a sincere moment. Because I need to create a pocket of gratitude that is, at least for a moment, louder than all of today’s hijinks.

In the last year here at Audiences Everywhere, this humble movie conversation site has grown beyond anything I might have imagined it becoming in the first two years of its planning and existence, and I owe that to anyone who might be reading these words. Call me biased, but I maintain that I work here with the best team of writers that the film-interested geography of the internet has to offer, and we are currently delivering the highest quality writing we have ever delivered to the best audience of readers anyone could ever ask for.

And we’re committed to getting better. In fact, if you’re familiar with our site and you’re reading this article on any device, you might notice things look…different. To commemorate our anniversary, I’ve created new layouts for AE.

Our new mobile design changes are meant to accommodate and streamline accessibility, readability, and mobility—a handheld movie magazine where you can swipe left or right to dismiss any article that you are not interested in to find the ones that do grab your interest.

And our new desktop design is meant to functionally accommodate all of the different movie-knowledge discussions and services we provide while pulling you into the conversation. This includes giving you the option to provide your own star rating on the new films we review, so we can mark where and to what measure we agree or disagree with our audience (and as always, feel free to take to our comment section for any explanations or personal viewpoints you would like to share).

We hope you enjoy these changes, but know that we’re just getting started. Big things are coming down the pipe for us (including a developing podcast network). We are very excited about continuing this ongoing conversation with you.

In the meantime, as a thank you to this team of writers, and as a sort of boastful and celebratory trophy ceremony, I’d like to take a trip through the last year by highlighting some of our best long-form writing and reliving what has proven to be an amazing year for film, our site, and our relationship with you, our readers.

As long as you have room in your life for us, we look forward to spending many, many more years talking movies with all of you.

-David Shreve, Jr.


Defending Batman v Superman‘s Batman and Superman

In the midst of a wave of maligned critical reaction to Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, two of our editors took a hard line of defense. David Shreve offered an interpretation of Snyder’s Superman as an empty post-modern icon. And Josh Rosenfield offered an interpretation of a gun-happy Batman, one more suited for our deluded Good-Guy-With-A-Gun ideas of justice.

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Game of Thrones

The Best and Worst of Game of Thrones

In preparation for the sixth season of Game of Thrones, our own Anton Reyes prepared a list of the best and worst moments of the show.

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 Warcraft Wasn’t Made For You

With the release of Duncan Jones’ sprawling adaptation of the fan-favorite video game Warcraft, Richard Newby used the film and its largely negative reception to outline a point regarding alienated viewers and disengaged critics, and the different artistic audience targets of cinematic art.

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A Look Back at Possession

Becky Belzile announced her arrival at Audiences Everywhere with a bang with this look back at Andrzej Żuławski’s classic thriller Possession.

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Return to Return to OzReturn to Oz

Grace Porter revisited a classic film which occupied her memories like a childhood nightmare to determine whether Return To Oz was as terrifying a movie-watching experience for an adult.

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Captain America: Civil War

The Road to Civil War

In preparation for the final film in the Captain America trilogy and the pivotal chapter in the Avengers saga, Diego Crespo explored the reverse character arcs of Tony Stark and Captain America. 

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Green Room and America’s Love of Violence

David Shreve shared his thoughts about Jeremy Saulnier’s hyper-violent punk-rock thriller in context of living in a nation in love with film violence.



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Swiss Army ManA Public Fart: Swiss Army Man

After being moved by the absurdist comedy/drama Swiss Army Man, Richard Newby opened up with a brave personal essay about psychological struggles and finding life and joy in the face of dark moments.

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Why I Still Watch GirlsGirls

With opinions on the show turning in late seasons, Sean K. Cureton penned this defense of one of his favorite programs, HBO’s Girls.



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A Funeral for Citizen Kane

On the 75th anniversary of Citizen Kane, Josh Rosenfield wrote about the difficulty in remembering and reviewing the film that some have taken to calling “the best film ever.”


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 Is Stranger in a Strange Land Unfilmable?

Katherine B. Shelor discussed the prospect of adapting the beloved but cinematically challenging novel Stranger in a Strange Land.



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Poetry of the Steak: The Fly

On the 30th anniversary of David Cronenberg’s masterpiece The Fly, Richard Newby offered up this poetic exploration of the gruesome allegory.

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Marathoning Twin PeaksTwin Peaks

David Lynch superfan Jack Godwin sat for a marathon viewing of the director’s masterclass television series and shared his thoughts, analysis, and exhaustion here.


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ClerksA Career Retrospective: Kevin Smith

Sean K. Cureton offered up this sympathetic and admiring career investigation of Kevin Smith, whose indie-darling reputation has soured unfairly over the recent decade.

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 Netflix Hidden Gems: Women FilmmakersTallulah Still

For the second year in a row, Schyler Martin compiled this list of hidden gems on Netflix authored exclusively by outstanding female filmmakers.



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Bad Moms and Bad Movie Myths

For International Woman’s Day, Grace Porter dispelled myths created by dated tropes regarding movies mothers.


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Movie Violence and Grief

Samantha Sanders made her Audiences Everywhere debut with this treatise on using movie violence as a means of grief and coping.



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Amy SchumerThe Bigger Problem with Amy Schumer’s Bad Parody

When Amy Schumer released a poorly received parody of a Beyonce’s legendary video, Staley Starples was quick to remind us of a larger problem on display.

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Revisiting the Universal MonstersDracula

Throughout the month of October, Sean Fallon revisited all of the classic Universal Horror Monster films, reviewing each one in an exceptional collection of write-ups.



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The DescentThe Descent and The Horror of Loss

On the decade anniversary of perhaps the greatest horror film of the twenty-first century, David Shreve discussed the gut-wrenching horror of human loss at the heart of The Descent.

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20 Horror Films from 20 CountriesHere Comes the Devil

In an effort to harvest a more global conversation on horror, Becky Belzile offered this list of 20 outstanding horror films from 20 different countries.



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Aliens StillRevisiting Aliens

Diego Crespo gave us this anniversary look back at James Cameron’s masterpiece genre-shifting sequel.



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Panic Disorder, Horror, Game of Thrones, and Trump’s VictoryGame of Thrones

On the night of Donald Trump’s unexpected election win, David Shreve penned a word of advice based on his experience with panic disorder, Game of Thrones, and horror films.


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ApocalyptoThe Ships in the Distance: Apocalypto

Samantha Sanders offered an anniversary re-evaluation of Mel Gibson’s historical epic.


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Revisiting CarrieCarrie

On the film’s anniversary, Becky Belzile revisited De Palma’s Carrie.



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RockyIf I Fight, You Fight

On the anniversary of Rocky’s first screen screen appearance, Jack Godwin discussed the power of the beloved hero.



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Back and to the Left on JFK’s AnniversaryJFK

Twenty-five years after its initial release, Sean Fallon gave an in-depth look at Oliver Stone’s film.



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Luke CageLuke Cage, Biggie, CP Time, and The Public’s Nigga

After the release of Marvel’s smash hit Netflix series, Richard Newby went in depth about Luke Cage’s timely messages about black identity in America.

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Children of Men and the Loss of Great ArtChildren of Men

On the tenth anniversary of Alfonso Cuaron’s masterpiece, David Shreve wrote about the film’s warning about our culture’s willful surrender of great art through apathy and lacking empathy.


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La La LandLa La Land, Whiplash, and a Tougher Sentimentalism

With La La Land‘s star rising, Richard Newby discussed the films of Damian Chazelle and their grittier protagonists.

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Moonlight, Hell or High Water, and Destructive RoleplayMoonlight

When both films developed awards season momentum, David Shreve shared his thoughts on two instant classics and what it is they say about broken masculine archetypes.



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SplitStill Looking Out For Us: Split and Mental Health

With backlash stirring against M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller, Josh Rosenfield wrote about the film’s challenging but ultimately positive perspective on mental health issues.

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Silence, Pain, and Religious CinemaSilence

David Shreve had this to say about the power of Scorsese’s passion project and the challenge presented by film as a religious text.



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BarryWatching Barry in Trump’s America

As we approached the inaugration of our new president, Sean K. Cureton wrote about the experience of watching a film about Barack Obama while America made way for Donald Trump.

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The Perfect Imperfect Love StoryHow I Met Your Mother

On Valentine’s Day, Anton Reyes revisited How I Met Your Mother to discuss the show’s romantic fabric.



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Lillies of the Field

The Noble Humanity of Sidney Poitier

This year, Richard Newby selected Sidney Poitier as our Black History Month Cinema Saint.

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Zodiac: A True Crime StoryZodiac

Samantha Sanders used the anniversary of Fincher’s film to launch a focused series of true crime attention, starting with this essay on one of the greatest serial killer and investigation films of all time.


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LoganA History of Wolverine

To prepare for the final chapter in Hugh Jackman’s longstanding Wolverine series, Richard Newby discussed the historically complex character.


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Ghost in the Shell, Looking BackGhost in the Shell

With tempers flaring over the reckless casting of the live action adaptation, Nathanael Hood revisited the original animated classic to discuss just what made the work so sacred.



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SingMy Daughter’s First Movie

Katherine B. Shelor shared this personal account of taking her young daughter to the movies for the first time to see Universal Pictures’ Sing.


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Roman Polanski’s Apartment TrilogyRosemarys Baby

In March, we celebrated trilogy month, starting with Becky Belzile’s exceptional deep dive into a thematic trilogy of Roman Polanski films.



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Get OutThe Black and White Experience of Get Out

Jordan Peele received nearly universal praise for his new horror film and directorial debut, and we took a two-sided approach to our reaction to the masterful film.

First, Richard Newby reviewed the film’s handling of the black American experience. Then, David Shreve discussed the experience of realizing his place as a white audience member.

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A Hero’s TrilogyA New Hope

Christina Tucker closed out our recent trilogy month with this meditation on the exceptional, iconic, and yet still somehow underappreciated hero of the original Star Wars Trilogy, Luke Skywalker.

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