What is a Film Review?
"Film reviews are assessments of the aesthetic, entertainment, social and cultural merits and significance of a current film or video. Reviews tend to be short to medium length articles, often written by a single staff writer for a particular publication. Although reviews are usually fairly "quick takes" on a movie, they can, in some instances, be lengthy, substantive, and very insightful."
What is Film Criticism, and NOT a Review?
"Scholarly or focused critical writing about particular films--both current and historical--can be found in an amazingly wide variety of sources, including film journals, and publications devoted to theater, history, literature, women's studies, ethnic studies, and other disciplines. Critical/analytic film articles tend to be more academic and substantive than reviews. These articles often discuss particular films in broad social, political, and historical context. Many times the focus of these articles is on a fairly specific aspect of a film or a film genre."
Websites present a unique problem for evaluation in that anyone can create and post a website. If you want to use a website for information, and especially if you are going to cite a website in a paper, you must make sure that the website is a credible source.
Despite the somewhat silly and simplistic acronym, one good method for analyzing a website's credibility is the CRAAP test. It goes as follows:
(This list is paraphrased from the CRAAP test document produced by the Meriam Library at California State University. Click on the hyperlink for the full document)
There is no one exact way to determine whether a website is a credible source; you need to use your judgement. The CRAAP test gives you a list of useful questions to go through, and is one method for making the evaluation process easier.