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Cannes Review Capsule: 'Moonrise Kingdom'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • May 16, 2012 6:03 PM
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Wes Anderson's latest has premiered at Cannes. What do the critics think?

The Top 10 Critics to Follow on Twitter During Cannes

  • By Matt Singer
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  • May 16, 2012 2:34 PM
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  • 5 Comments
The Cannes Film Festival starts in mere hours. Here's who to follow on Twitter to stay tuned in to it all.

Film Critic Favorite 'Margaret' Gets Extended Cut on DVD

  • By Matt Singer
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  • May 15, 2012 3:51 PM
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  • 1 Comment
The long-delayed, quietly released, and critically hailed Kenneth Lonergan film comes to DVD on July 10th with thirty-five new minutes.

From the Wire: The Legacy of Stan Lee

  • By Matt Singer
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  • May 15, 2012 1:42 PM
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This is a really strange time to be a lifelong comic book fan. On the one hand, all your nerd dreams are coming true: geeks are cool and superheroes are mainstream. On the other hand, the success of comic book movies hasn't really trickled down to the comic book industry, which continues to struggle with flagging sales (up slightly this year, but down 13% from five years ago and 31% from fifteen years ago, according to Comichron.com). What's worse, many of the men who made these comics in the first place are seeing no financial reward from their remarkable success. "The Avengers" is now the fastest movie to gross $1 billion in history and exactly none of that goes to the estate of Jack Kirby, the man who co-created "The Avengers" with Stan Lee back in 1963. And while that's not legally wrong -- Kirby created "The Avengers" as a freelancer performing a work for hire for Marvel, which means all his artwork and concepts belong to the company and not the artist -- it sure doesn't feel too good.

VODetails: 'Fake It So Real'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • May 15, 2012 11:28 AM
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Is this documentary about a small-town wrestling federation worth your hard-earned VODollars?

From the Wire: Celebrating 30 Years of 'Conan'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • May 14, 2012 3:34 PM
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Crom! It's time for a celebration of a Schwarzenegger classic.

Shia LaBeouf's Short Film About Critics To Play Cannes' Critics' Week

  • By Matt Singer
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  • May 14, 2012 11:35 AM
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  • 1 Comment
The "Transformers" star and occasional critical punching bag's film about film critics premieres next week at the world's most prestigious festival.

The Criticwire Survey: The Ultimate Midnight Movie

  • By Matt Singer
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  • May 14, 2012 9:46 AM
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  • 6 Comments
This week, the critics weigh in on the best movie to stay up late for.

Weekend Reel Reads: Exploring the Design of Ads and Scores

  • By Steve Greene
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  • May 13, 2012 12:39 PM
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Weekend Reel Reads is a regular feature that gathers lengthier stories related to the world of film criticism you may have missed during the week.

This Week on Criticwire: "Avengers" Aftershock and Critics Who...Look Like Monkeys?

  • By Steve Greene
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  • May 12, 2012 8:37 PM
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A sympathetic plea for a re-evaluation of trailers, a look at the joys of multiple movies back-to-back and a call for young writers also dotted the busy Criticwire landscape over the past six days.

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