A movie is a piece of film that combines acting, visuals and sound to convey a story or idea. It can be a drama, action, or comedy and usually follows a plot (story) with characters that have to overcome an obstacle in their lives. Movies can be made by large or small movie companies and are screened in theaters, on TV, or on DVD. They are often based on books or other stories and are made for all ages. Some movies are so popular that they become ‘blockbusters’ and make a lot of money in ticket and DVD sales. They can even be made on a very small budget and still be successful. These are called independent or art movies and have a cult following.

Actors: A good movie is only as good as its actors, so be sure to analyze the performance of all of the major and minor characters in the film. Evaluate whether their portrayals were believable and whether or not the performances were’standouts’. Also, consider how well the actors fit the character and if they are the right people to play them.

Writing: The dialogue, characterization and plot of the movie should all be examined. Evaluate if the movie was easy to follow and if it had any twists or turns that were unexpected. Also, consider how the movie evoked emotions in the audience.

Cinematography: This includes the camera work, lighting and photography used in the film. Examine how these elements contribute to the overall tone and style of the movie. Also, consider if the film was well paced and how it developed over time.

Sound and Audio: This can include the music, soundtracks, and dubbing in the film. Examine how these elements add or detract from the movie. Also, consider if the sound and music helped to set the mood and tone of the movie.

Setting: The locations and scenery of the movie should be considered. Examine if they fit the plot and if the locations were used in a way that added to or detracted from the movie.

Directed by Spike Lee, who made his mark with She’s Gotta Have It and School Daze, this film is a classic example of urban drama at its best. Set on one of Brooklyn’s hottest summer days, this film captures the seething tension between African-Americans living in Bed-Stuy and Italian-Americans running a local pizzeria. It’s a fable of racial and economic conflict that still holds up today.