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The Fine Line Between Ambiguity and Stupidity

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 27, 2012 4:11 PM
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  • 7 Comments
At Vulture, Kyle Buchanan asks an excellent question: "Why can't this summer's movie villains come up with a good plan?" Citing an entire season's slate of films from "The Avengers" to "Snow White and the Huntsman" to "Brave," Buchanan mounts a pretty compelling argument that cinematic baddies -- or at least Hollywood screenwriters -- haven't been making much of an effort lately. Here are some of his thoughts on the flaws in The Witch's plan in "Brave" (which contain SPOILERS for the film):

Is 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' Film Criticism?

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 27, 2012 12:41 PM
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  • 3 Comments
I leave the answer to this question in your hands (of fate).

Maybe the MPAA Isn't So Bad After All; 'Klown' Gets an R

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 26, 2012 1:10 PM
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  • 2 Comments
The infamous raters of the Motion Picture Association of America give the Danish sex comedy "Klown" an R-rating with just a single cut.
More: Klown, MPAA

Kevin Smith: 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Hunter

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 26, 2012 11:14 AM
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  • 0 Comments
This has to be the most positive review this movie will ever receive.

Spider-Man Versus Perpetual Sneak Preview Culture

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 25, 2012 4:02 PM
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  • 1 Comment
One fan turned every publicly available clip of the new Spider-Man into a mini-movie -- and exposed the problem with perpetual sneak preview culture.

Is Film Criticism Dying or Evolving?

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 25, 2012 12:34 PM
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  • 4 Comments
Or can it be both?

From the Wire: Is 'Brave' Pixar's First "Disney Movie?"

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 22, 2012 4:09 PM
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  • 3 Comments
One writer argues that "Brave" represents a turning point at the vaunted animation studio.

The Funniest Internet Commenter of the Week for Friday, June 22nd

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 22, 2012 11:31 AM
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  • 3 Comments
"For the record, he also gave 'Cars 2' a fresh review. Then again, so did I..."

An Andrew Sarris Primer

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 22, 2012 9:33 AM
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  • 0 Comments
If you haven't read the work of the late critic Andrew Sarris, here are some good places to begin.

Outliers: 'That's My Boy'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 21, 2012 3:17 PM
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  • 3 Comments
Armond White loves the new Adam Sandler movie. And critics who don't like it are taking orders from "The Sandler Memo."

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