|usually written by journalists or other non-academics
|written by academics
|the general movie-going public
|describes the plot, characters, cast, director, etc. in order to help the reader assess whether they want to watch the film.
|may analyze the plot, characters, cinematic techniques; compare films by the same director or similar films within a genre; apply a particular critical theory to the film; and/or assess social, historical, or cultural significance of the film in order to advance the scholarly conversation about the film.
|published in the weeks and months around the time the film is released
|published in the years or decades after the film was released
online review sites, newspapers, and popular magazines
film studies journals