Better Living Through Criticism: An Evening with A. O. Scott

The New York Times Chief Film Critic A. O. Scott comes to the DIA’s Detroit Film Theatre on Friday, March 24 to discuss his idea that everyone is a critic. Using his career at the Times as a starting point, he illuminates how critical thinking informs almost every aspect of artistic creation, civil action, and our interpersonal lives. Scott will sign his book “Better Living Through Criticism” following the talk. Tickets are $9.50 for general admission and $7.50 for members, seniors and students. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Detroit Film Theatre.

In addition, Scott has chosen two films for the DFT 101 series of classics that have redefined the language of cinema: “Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One,” a fiction/nonfiction hybrid that captures two actors performing a break-up scene over and over, and Robert Altman’s “The Player,” which blends suspense, comedy and murder into a satire of modern Hollywood. Scott provides an introduction to the films, playing Saturday, March 25 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets for the March 25 and 26 movies are $5 for the general public and free for DIA members.

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