The film review is a longer assignment than the screening report, five to six pages, and involves a more sustained discussion of a film. The assignment asks students to move beyond a description of film technique by evaluating an entire film. This involves the very different task of imagining an audience appropriate to the film review and judging the film's merits rather than just observing its systems of representation. In other words, it moves students outside of a purely academic context. I provide some structure for this assignment, because most students have never written a film review before. To begin, I ask them to read some reviews, though not on the film they're going to write on. I suggest that they compare the rhetorical features of different film reviews from various publications, such as academic film journals, magazines, newspapers, and online sources. Then, I try to make them aware of how review writing differs as a genre from analytical writing, and I provide them with a model to follow. First, I suggest that students give an overview of the film somewhere in the early part of the review, followed by a detailed description of a number of scenes, film techniques, and/or details about the acting, script, mise-en-scene, or other elements involved in the filmmaking. I ask them to support their interpretation of the film with persuasive evidence, but not to ignore details that may seem to contradict their reading. I advise them to address contrary evidence and to explain why it doesn't negate their argument. They are told they need to consider both pluses and minuses in their evaluation, though they must ultimately judge the film and make a recommendation to their readers. They are expected to draw on the concepts and terminology from the course, but are asked to explain any technical or theoretical concepts to a general audience of film review readers. Rather than offering a chronological description of the film, I encourage them to organize their review around their interpretation of its salient or not so salient features. They are expected to mention striking details of the film, whether they involve editing, costumes, acting style, or the use of sound. Finally, we talk about the conventions of film reviewing, which include listing the actors' names after the characters' names the first time they're mentioned, not giving away the ending of the film, and so on. Students are then allowed to write on a film we've seen in class or another film by one of the directors we've studied.