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Barbed Wire: 'A Haunted House'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • January 11, 2013 3:26 PM
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The best lines from the worst reviews of the new horror spoof starring Marlon Wayans.

Guys, 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen' Is Kind of Not Terrible

  • By Matt Singer
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  • January 11, 2013 12:49 PM
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Was this Golden Globe nominee really one of the best comedies of the year?

Critics Choice Awards Choose 'Argo'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • January 10, 2013 11:52 PM
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Meanwhile, Iowa Film Critics named "Lincoln" the best film of 2012.

From the Wire: How to Write Negative Criticism

  • By Matt Singer
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  • January 10, 2013 4:15 PM
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With Oscar nominations come Oscar reactions, where people tell you what movies were unfairly overlooked or foolishly overrated and why. People take these awards very seriously, and they can engender some strong feelings. If you see something today that drives you crazy -- whether it's a defense of "Zero Dark Thirty" or an assault on "Argo" -- and you want to respond to it, you may first want to read the new blog post by Vadim Rizov, a how-to guide to writing "fiery negative" criticism, specifically in reaction to other people's bogus arguments.

If Critics Picked the Oscars, Here's Who Would Win on February 24th

  • By Matt Singer
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  • January 10, 2013 11:43 AM
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And if they picked the Oscars the world would be a better place, don't you think?

And Your 2013 Oscar Nominees Are...

  • By Matt Singer
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  • January 10, 2013 9:03 AM
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(And your obligatory Oscar nominees post is...)

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists and Vancouver Film Critics Both Hail 'Zero Dark Thirty'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • January 9, 2013 2:57 PM
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Two more batches of critics group awards to report: the winners from The Alliance of Women Film Journalists and the Vancouver Film Critics Circle. And, it seems, Terminal City writers and women critics from all over agree: the best film of the year is "Zero Dark Thirty." Likewise, they both agree that its director, Kathryn Bigelow, is the Best Director of 2012. The groups were also in sync on Best Screenplay (Mark Boal, "Zero Dark Thirty" - the AWFJ also gave a Best Adapted Screenplay to Chris Terrio for "Argo"), Best Supporting Actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"), and Best Documentary ("Searching For Sugar Man").

From the Wire: The 2012 Better-Than List

  • By Matt Singer
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  • January 9, 2013 12:20 PM
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"A Thousand Words is better than Argo" and more of Armond White's annual contrarian comparisons.

The Razzies Are Bad Because They're Not Bad Enough

  • By Matt Singer
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  • January 9, 2013 11:21 AM
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"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" led all nominees for some reason.
More: Awards, Razzies

Early Review of Wong Kar-wai's 'The Grandmaster' Calls it a 'Visual Feast'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • January 8, 2013 5:27 PM
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For Chinese audiences, the wait is finally over. Wong Kar-wai's "The Grandmaster," the director's first film since 2007's "My Blueberry Nights," opens today in China after three years in production and nearly a decade in development. Sadly, English language audiences will have to be a bit more patient for Wong's version of the life of legendary martial artist Ip Man (Tony Leung); its American release date is still undetermined (it'll next appear at the Berlin Film Festival in February).

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