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Criticwire Picks: 'Side by Side' Keeps Digital vs. Film at the Top

  • By Steve Greene
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  • August 16, 2012 12:58 PM
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Two of the best-reviewed films of 2012's first half make their way to theaters this weekend, but it's the industry-centric documentary that takes this week's top spot.

Our Favorite Crazy Votes in the Sight & Sound Greatest Film Poll

  • By Matt Singer
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  • August 16, 2012 11:25 AM
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  • 13 Comments
I mean I love the movie and all, but really? "Anvil! The Story of Anvil?"

The Perfect Filmic Appositeness of Arnold Schwarzenegger

  • By Matt Singer
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  • August 15, 2012 3:39 PM
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A classic piece of film criticism inspires a modern ode to another disreputable actor.

From the Wire: A Critic Defends His Trade

  • By Matt Singer
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  • August 15, 2012 10:34 AM
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"Our critical faculties are what make us human."

Dawn of the Millennial Zombies

  • By Beatrice Behn
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  • August 14, 2012 5:44 PM
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Many of the American indies on display at Locarno featured characters stumbling through life like George Romero creatures.

The Poochie Legacy: Absence Makes the Franchise Grow Longer

  • By Matt Singer
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  • August 14, 2012 2:36 PM
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  • 27 Comments
How a fifteen year old "Simpsons" episode anticipated our modern movie landscape.

Japan From the Outside

  • By Claudia Piwecki
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  • August 14, 2012 9:59 AM
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Japan and Mexico joined forces this year at the Locarno Film Festival

Opening Doors for African Film at Locarno

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • August 13, 2012 12:56 PM
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On the small but expanding world of African independent cinema.

The Criticwire Survey: The Least Expendable 'Expendable'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • August 13, 2012 9:57 AM
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  • 7 Comments
Which Expendable's had the best career -- Stallone, Schwarzenegger, or Willis?

Milkyway Magic: The Creative Genius of Johnnie To and Soi Cheang

  • By Adam Cook
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  • August 13, 2012 8:30 AM
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Thanks to director/writer/producer Johnnie To, the commercial cinema of Hong Kong has entered a golden age. Since forming Milkyway Image Ltd. in 1996, To has helped produce over fifty films, and has directed or co-directed over half of them himself. While other Hong Kong filmmakers were being exported to America or devoting themselves to the arthouse scene, To commited himself to rehabilitating Hong Kong’s film industry with a synthesis of commercial filmmaking, expert craft, storytelling, and poetry. Largely inspired by European art cinema and classical Hollywood technique, To has imbued his action and crime films with uncommon artistry, establishing himself as one of contemporary movie culture's greatest genre filmmakers. 

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