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.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 07:59pm EST

Deadly Games: 'Foxcatcher' vs. 'Mockingjay Part 1'

From Olympic Games to the Hunger Games, Steve Carell and Jennifer Lawrence grapple for glory in "Foxcatcher" and "Mockingjay Part 1." WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley reviews both and chats with "Foxcatcher" director Bennett Miller in a one-on-one interview.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 06:03pm EST
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Jon Stewart demonstrates directorial eye in 'Rosewater'

Jon Stewart takes a break from "The Daily Show" to direct his first movie, "Rosewater." He spoke about it with WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 08:25pm EST
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Nolan's 'Interstellar' isn't stellar, but at least it has heart

Christopher Nolan attempts to defy "Gravity," but does he have "The Right Stuff?" WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley reviews the new sci-fi epic "Interstellar."

Friday - 11/07/2014, 10:08am EST
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'Ouija' & 'Nightcrawler' play Halloween trick or treat

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley reviews a pair of new Halloween chillers: "Ouija" and "Nightcrawler." Which is the trick and which is the treat?

Friday - 10/31/2014, 10:11am EDT
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Top 50 scary movies of all time

From "Psycho" to "The Exorcist," WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley counts down the freakiest flicks ever.

Friday - 10/31/2014, 05:29am EDT
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Batman on Broadway: 'Birdman' marks super comeback

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley reviews "Birdman."

Friday - 10/24/2014, 12:06pm EDT
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Sundance hit 'Whiplash' is a cinematic cymbal smash

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley reviews "Whiplash," this year's Sundance champion, which arrives in D.C. theaters this weekend.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 09:29am EDT
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'Gone Girl' marks another unforgettable Fincher thriller

Ben Affleck is utterly convincing as a poker-faced husband who leaves us guessing as to whether he is concerned or relieved that his wife is missing.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 06:49am EDT
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The thrill of plot twists vs. the fear of spoilers

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley looks at the growing phenomenon of spoiler alerts.

Friday - 09/26/2014, 12:07pm EDT
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'Madam Secretary' stars hit red carpet for DC premiere

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley hits the red carpet for the D.C. premiere of the new TV show "Madam Secretary," starring Tea Leoni and executive produced by Morgan Freeman.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 10:19am EDT
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D.C. Shorts returns as 'world's coolest' short film fest

MovieMaker Magazine just named it the Coolest Short Film Fest in the World. This weekend, D.C. Shorts returns for its 11th year, featuring 135 short films from 25 countries from Sept. 11-21.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 08:24am EDT
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Final Analysis: What really happened to Tony Soprano?

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley breaks down "The Sopranos" finale and revives the ongoing debate over whether Tony Soprano lived or died.

Monday - 09/01/2014, 07:54pm EDT

Remastered 'Ghostbusters' hits theaters for 30th anny

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley celebrates 30 years of "Ghost Busters."

Friday - 08/29/2014, 09:16am EDT
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Mixed pigskin promise in 'When the Game Stands Tall'

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley reviews "When the Game Stands Tall."

Saturday - 08/23/2014, 09:22am EDT
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The hilarious, heartfelt career of Robin Williams

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley remembers the career of Robin Williams.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 11:44am EDT
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Meet Marvel's misfits: 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley reviews Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Friday - 08/01/2014, 08:21am EDT
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'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

Linklater's '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, 07:51am EDT
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