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'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,' is One For the Time Capsule

  • By Matt Singer
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  • September 11, 2012 10:49 AM
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  • 13 Comments
If you had to pick one movie to represent all of modern cinema culture, what would you pick?

A Scene From 'Boogie Nights' Explains Why You Should See 'The Master' in 70mm

  • By Matt Singer
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  • September 10, 2012 3:13 PM
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  • 1 Comment
"It doesn't have to look good. Film is just too damn expensive. And the theaters are already converting to video projectors."

'Cloud Atlas' Toronto Reviews Clouded By Critical Doubts

  • By Matt Singer
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  • September 10, 2012 11:52 AM
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The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's sci-fi epic did not receive an epic welcome at the Toronto Film Festival.

Surprise! 'The Master' Tops Our End-of-Venice Poll

  • By Steve Greene
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  • September 10, 2012 11:02 AM
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Paul Thomas Anderson's film proved to the juggernaught of this year's Venice Film Festival, handily taking both top film and performances in our Criticwire wrap-up poll.

The Criticwire Survey: Paul Thomas Anderson's Best Film

  • By Matt Singer
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  • September 10, 2012 10:03 AM
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  • 7 Comments
"Boogie Nights?" "There Will Be Blood?" "Punch-Drunk Love?" "Magnolia?" "And don't forget "Sydney."

Weekend Reel Reads: The Wachowskis' Journey and Critical Idols

  • By Steve Greene
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  • September 9, 2012 2:18 PM
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In the wake of the "Cloud Atlas" premiere at TIFF, the journey of the two catalyzing filmmakers highlights this week's selection of film-related stories from across the web.

Venice Reviews For Brian De Palma's 'Passion' Are a Bloody Mess

  • By Matt Singer
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  • September 7, 2012 4:40 PM
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Reviews for the "Blow Out" director's return to the thriller genre have not been thrilling.

Roger Ebert's Memoir Optioned For a Documentary by Steve James and Martin Scorsese

  • By Matt Singer
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  • September 7, 2012 11:31 AM
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  • 2 Comments
"I'm keeping hands off," says Ebert.

Towards A Critic's Bill of Rights

  • By Matt Singer
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  • September 7, 2012 9:58 AM
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Most film critics look down their noses at publicists, sizing them up the way sprinters size up hurdles. But maybe they could use some. Critics don't have anyone handling their PR, and as a consequence, their public image isn't so great. In a piece for the School Library Journal's Connect the Pop blog, educator and critic Peter Gutierrez says there's a reason it's tough for teachers to get students to think critically: "no one," he writes, "really likes critics much."

Criticwire Picks: 'Beauty is Embarrassing' and 'Detropia' Highlight Another Strong Week for Docs

  • By Steve Greene
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  • September 6, 2012 1:45 PM
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