Mara’s Schpiel

Mara Reinstein on the Red CarpetMara Reinstein is a NYC-based writer, editor and certified pop culture junkie. (Many people say it; few own it.) She is currently the film critic for Us Weekly and and a contributing entertainment writer for Parade and Variety. For 15 years, she was on staff at Wenner Media-owned Us Weekly, where she served as senior writer and deputy editor. Mara is a prestigious “Top Critic” on Rotten Tomatoes, and her reviews have been quoted in other publications such as E! Online, Sports Illustrated, BuzzFeed and the Wall Street Journal. She has been blurbed in the advertising campaigns for Molly’s Game, Darkest Hour, Beauty & The Beast, La La Land, Zootopia, Fences, Arrival, Manchester by the Sea, Spotlight, The Big Short, Joy, Room, Boyhood, Silver Linings Playbook, Spy, Frozen and more. She is also a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, votes for the Critics Choice Awards, The Detroit Film Critics Society, and has sounded off live on The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM, CBS-AM, Fox News, E!, VH1, and several podcasts. You can find her running around the Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes, SXSW, Telluride, Toronto, Savannah and New York film festivals. Back in the day, she wrote a slew of classic cover stories for Us Weekly, ranging from Tom and Katie’s wedding to Jessica and Nick’s divorce. And she once literally wrote the book on Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston (Brad & Jen, 2005, Wenner Books.) Jon Stewart read from it on The Daily Show. Her celeb interview subjects include Dame Judi Dench, Jennifer Lopez, Harrison Ford, Tina Fey, Emma Stone, Bryan Cranston, Penelope Cruz, Katy Perry, Jon Hamm, Jack Black, Robert Pattinson, Scott Hamilton, Drew Barrymore, Neil Patrick Harris, Miles Teller, Dee Rees, Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck, Mark Wahlberg, Emily Blunt and Jimmys Kimmel & Fallon. A proud Detroit native (go Tigers!), she is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism (go Tigers again!). She quotes The Devil Wears Prada on a daily basis. Reach Mara at