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No Coffee in the Theater, Even For Critics

  • By Matt Singer
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  • April 5, 2012 10:50 AM
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  • 1 Comment
Out in San Diego, critics are steaming over a new rule. Get it? Steaming? With the coffee and the drinking and the, eh whatever.

Biopics, Where Looks Can Kill (A Movie)

  • By Matt Singer
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  • April 4, 2012 5:16 PM
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  • 0 Comments
The trouble with playing famous people onscreen...

From the Wire: Remembering 'American Pie'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • April 4, 2012 2:38 PM
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  • 0 Comments
One critic revisits the '90s teen comedy classic and is repeatedly surprised by what she finds.

The Top 5 Criticwire Recommendations from ND/NF 2012

  • By Steve Greene
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  • April 4, 2012 12:41 PM
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  • 1 Comment
If there’s one thing that New Directors/New Films had trouble doing this year, it was generating a consensus. Out of the films that screened as part of this year’s festival, 12 received both A's and F's from critics who attended screenings at the MoMA/Film Society of Lincoln Center series, which concluded on Thursday.

The Permanence of Film, The Impermanence of Life: 'Your Brother. Remember?'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • April 4, 2012 11:44 AM
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  • 0 Comments

Criticwire Picks: Stillman's 'Damsels in Distress' Mostly Worth the Wait

  • By Steve Greene
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  • April 4, 2012 11:27 AM
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Fourteen years after "The Last Days of Disco," Whit Stillman has a movie in theaters again. And critics generally like it. With a "B" average from Indiewire's Criticwire Network, "Damsels in Distress" is this week’s Criticwire Pick of the Week.

Is it Okay For Critics to Pirate Movies?

  • By Matt Singer
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  • April 3, 2012 3:00 PM
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  • 66 Comments
Abortion is to politics as online piracy is to movies; the hot button issue that will never be resolved, the debate with two intractable sides that refuse to even consider the other's argument, the conversation where any attempt at civil discussion inevitably devolves into name-calling and anger.  Copyright supporters believe pirates are hurting business for everyone, pirates believe they're hurting no one.  Copyright supporters say piracy is theft; pirates say no definition of theft describes theft that doesn't disturb the original property.  Around and around we go, in a whirlpool of torrents and tirades.

Clive Owen, Movie Dad

  • By Matt Singer
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  • April 3, 2012 10:44 AM
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  • 3 Comments
For further study: notes on a piece about the cinematic image of Clive Owen.
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Weird Pull Quote Theater: '21 Jump Street'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • April 2, 2012 4:34 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Laugh all you want. Peter Travers says it's okay.

And the Razzie -- Make That ALL the Razzies -- Go to 'Jack and Jill'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • April 2, 2012 12:47 PM
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  • 2 Comments
Adam Sandler's cross-dressing comedy sweeps this year's Golden Raspberry Awards.
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