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FXX Airs 'The Simpsons' in Wrong Aspect Ratio. Won't Someone Think of the Children?

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 22, 2014 3:52 PM
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"No 'The Simpsons' in correct aspect ratio make Criticwire something something." "Go crazy?" "DON'T MIND IF WE DO!"

In 'Songs From the North' and 'Durak,' Community Goes to Extremes

  • By Andrei Sendrea
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  • August 22, 2014 2:00 PM
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From the enforced unity of North Korea to the crumbling world of the former Soviet Union.

'Are You Here' and Why TV Auteurs Make Disappointing Movies

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 22, 2014 12:18 PM
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Matt Weiner's "Are You Here" is being released this week to little fanfare, and it's in good company with the likes of "The Company Men" and "Sour Grapes." Why do TV geniuses make such underwhelming films?

Daily Reads: The Can't-Miss Episodes of 'The Simpsons,' Why Movies Get Retitled and More

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 22, 2014 9:45 AM
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Plus: Inside Matthew Weiner, and the terrifying genius of "Frank."

From 'Modern Times' to 'The Iron Ministry': Learning to Love the Machine

  • By Andrei Sendrea
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  • August 21, 2014 4:00 PM
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Charlie Chaplin bemoaned humanity ground down inside the machine, but on China's railways, we're just along for the ride.

'The Iron Ministry' and 'Horse Money': Of Non-Places and Men

  • By Michael Guarneri
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  • August 21, 2014 2:53 PM
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New movies from Pedro Costa and J.P. Sniadecki find themselves everywhere and nowhere.

'Sin City' Reviews: The Dame's to Kill For, the Movie Less So

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 21, 2014 12:53 PM
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Early reviews have praised Eva Green's turn in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." The rest of it? Not so much.

Criticwire Classic of the Week: Steven Soderbergh's 'Sex, lies, and videotape'

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 21, 2014 12:14 PM
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Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the film that kicked off, Steven Soderbergh's career, the American indie film boom and James Spader's long run of playing perverts.

Daily Reads: Why the MPAA Rates All Gay Movies 'R,' Festivals Battle for Oscar Supremacy and More

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 21, 2014 9:54 AM
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Plus: The Dissolve pays tribute to "Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide," and how to grieve on social media.

'The One I Love': The Marketing Campaign That Makes Sense Even If the Film Doesn't Need It

  • By Steve Greene
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  • August 20, 2014 4:08 PM
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The all-out assault on "The One I Love" spoilers doesn't seemingly fit the film it's promoting. But is this strategy as wrong-headed as some are claiming or is it a guideline that more movies should follow?

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