26 December 2012 4:16 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," which opened Christmas Day, played well at the DGA screening I attended, as well as the subsequent L.A  Academy screening. Audiences are flocking to see it (we'll do the box office numbers on Thursday) and critics love it (89% on Rotten Tomatoes, 80% on MetaCritic). Of course they do--per usual, Tarantino offers up a meaty dish to be savored and interpreted, crammed with movie references and rich performances from a wide range of great character actors. (My review here; Philadelphia critic Carrie Rickey and I debate the movie along with other holiday openers here.) Definitely check out the "Django" thread at Spike Lee's twitter page: @spikelee. I love the way he engages with his fans, answering questions and throwing out provocations. His take on "Django Unchained" is much as I suspected it would be. He's uncomfortable with the idea of telling a slavery story within the spaghetti western. »

- Anne Thompson

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