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'Birdman': Michael Keaton Is a Washed-Up Star in Gonzalez Inarritu's One-Take Wonder

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 27, 2014 10:48 AM
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Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu goes "Gravity" with a simulated single-take story, and gets the award race off to a running start.

Daily Reads: Cynicism and Sincerity in 'The Simpsons,' What Hollywood's Blockbuster Love Means for Us and More

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 27, 2014 10:10 AM
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Plus: "Natural Born Killers" 20 years later, and Frank Miller's Dark Night.

This Week in Home Video: 'All That Jazz,' 'The Double,' 'The Normal Heart' and More

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 26, 2014 4:35 PM
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Plus: "The Dance of Reality," "The Legend of Hell House," "Young & Beautiful."

Emmy Awards: Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 26, 2014 4:00 PM
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Morning-after reactions aren't too keen on Emmy's neverending repeat winners or the Sofia Vergara debacle.

Stephanie Zacharek vs. Faux-Serious Blockbusters, and More Highlights from 'The Cinephiliacs'

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 26, 2014 2:05 PM
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The Village Voice's film critic talks to Peter Labuza about Pauline Kael, Brian De Palma, "Pootie Tang" and what's wrong with online criticism today.

Daily Reads: Kristen Stewart as a Great American Cowboy, The Best- and Worst-Marketed Summer Movies and More

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 26, 2014 9:33 AM
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Plus: why "Love Is Strange's" R rating isn't necessarily proof of homophobia, and the politics of "Night Moves."

Of 'Apes' and Men: David Bordwell, Zeitgeist Movies and Why There's No One Way to Read a Film

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 25, 2014 4:44 PM
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Can movies read the nation's mind? Maybe yes, maybe no.

Everything Wrong With 'Everything Wrong With...' Videos

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 25, 2014 12:35 PM
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  • 7 Comments
Movie nitpickers get giddy on their own cleverness, but all they're proving is their inability to engage.

Daily Reads: Why Comics Don't Always Adapt Well, Gay Bars in the Golden Age of Television and More

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 25, 2014 10:07 AM
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The personality behind Menahem Golan's empire of trash, R.I.P. Kim's Video and more.

FXX Airs 'The Simpsons' in Wrong Aspect Ratio. Won't Someone Think of the Children?

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 22, 2014 3:52 PM
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  • 19 Comments
"No 'The Simpsons' in correct aspect ratio make Criticwire something something." "Go crazy?" "DON'T MIND IF WE DO!"

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