Jason Fraley is WTOP's film critic and morning drive writer, holding an M.F.A in Film & Electronic Media from American University and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He has contributed to both USA TODAY & The (Baltimore) Sun and was recently hailed by The Washington Post, which wrote: "Fraley, a film buff, is known for his savantlike ability to name every Best Picture winner in history, by year" (6/12/11).

Read more from WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley on his blog, The Film Spectrum.

Fraley Film Guide

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley keeps a running tally of his favorite movies of the year.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 07:52am EDT

'Snowpiercer' is the summer's best-kept movie secret

It's time to tie yourself to the train tracks of "Snowpiercer," a sci-fi action thriller that's catching fire On Demand and still playing at five specialty theaters in the Washington area.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 07:48am EDT
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WTOP's favorite sports movies

As the Best Sports Movies bracket reaches the Elite 8, the WTOP newsroom shares its favorite sports movies and why.

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 06:21am EDT

'Boyhood' is one-of-a-kind time capsule

The phrase "one of a kind" gets thrown around a lot, but Richard Linklater's long-term experiment "Boyhood" is more deserving of the title than any movie in recent memory.

Friday - 07/18/2014, 01:34pm EDT
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'Dawn of Planet of the Apes' is one of franchise's best (Videos)

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley says the "Planet of the Apes" franchise is in very good hands.

Friday - 07/11/2014, 09:38am EDT
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Most Patriotic Movies for July 4

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley ranks Hollywood's Most Patriotic Movies.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 07:10am EDT
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Clint Eastwood tackles Frankie Valli in 'Jersey Boys'

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley reviews Clint Eastwood's "Jersey Boys" and looks at the best movie musicals of all time.

Friday - 06/27/2014, 09:42am EDT
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'Life Itself' turns lens on Roger Ebert at AFI Docs

Movie critics are like Roman emperors, holding their fists out to command a chanting crowd with the drama of a thumbs-up or thumbs-down. But the cinematic arena is no Coliseum; it's a movie palace. And our beloved Caesar, the purveyor of so many thumbs, was Roger Ebert.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 10:12am EDT
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The best movie sequels of all time

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley breaks down the best movie sequels of all time.

Friday - 06/13/2014, 06:51am EDT
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Tom Cruise turns 'Groundhog Day' into sci-fi action fun

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley reviews the new Tom Cruise movie "Edge of Tomorrow."

Friday - 06/06/2014, 09:18am EDT

'Maleficent' vs. 'A Million Ways to Die in the West'

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley reviews "A Million Ways to Die in the West" and "Maleficent."

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 01:38pm EDT

'Next Goal Wins' follows team from worst to winners

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley and WTOP Sports Director Dave Johnson chat with former D.C. United coach Thomas Rongen, whose experience coaching American Samoa is the subject of the new documentary "Next Goal Wins."

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 12:04pm EDT
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Michelle Monaghan headlines G.I. Film Fest in Va.

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley takes a look at "Fort Bliss" at the G.I. Film Festival.

Monday - 05/26/2014, 06:42am EDT
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New 'X-Men' is the year's best superhero flick

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley reviews "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

Friday - 05/23/2014, 12:48pm EDT
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Dr. Godzilla: How we learned to stop worrying and love the lizard

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley looks at the franchise's symbolic cross-cultural legacy, while offering a video review of the new "Godzilla."

Friday - 05/16/2014, 08:00am EDT
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Top 50 moms in television history

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley counts down the Top 50 moms in television history.

Friday - 05/09/2014, 12:27pm EDT
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Kevin Spacey on the ruthless roots of 'House of Cards'

No one understands the hardship of ruling over others like William Shakespeare's King Richard III and "House of Cards'" Frank Underwood.

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 03:08pm EDT
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'Spider-Man 2' offers great romance, too many villains

While "The Amazing Spider-Man" had the fuel of the comic's compelling origin story, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" begins to reveal the dangers of following so close in cyclical franchise shadows.

Friday - 05/02/2014, 08:35am EDT

WTOP Q&A: John Turturro does the right thing in 'Fading Gigolo'

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley sits down with actor and director John Turturro to discuss his career and new movie "Fading Gigolo."

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 08:16am EDT
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Take your pick: 'Draft Day' or 'Transcendence' (Video)

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley reviews the Johnny Depp sci-fi thriller "Transcendence" and the Kevin Costner sports flick "Draft Day."

Friday - 04/18/2014, 09:09am EDT
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