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Criticwire Classic of the Week: Howard Hawks' 'The Big Sleep'

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 15, 2014 12:51 PM
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In memory of Lauren Bacall, here's a look at a film that cemented her stardom.

Daily Reads: Aubrey Plaza's Sexual Revolution, How John Oliver Beat Apathy and More

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 15, 2014 9:51 AM
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Plus: "The Congress" and the end of actors, and how "Let's Be Cops" shows marketing trump timing.

Did 'Edge of Tomorrow' Just Get a New Title for Home Video?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 14, 2014 4:34 PM
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  • 15 Comments
Would a box-office disappointment by any other name smell as sweet?

Robin Williams Insights From Terry Gilliam's Deleted 'Fisher King' Commentary

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 14, 2014 3:40 PM
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In a new interview and a vintage (and out of print) commentary, "The Fisher King's" director talks about Robin Williams' most heartbreaking performance.

First Reviews: 'Hector and the Search for Happiness' Told to Search Some Other Place

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 14, 2014 12:44 PM
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  • 1 Comment
The new Simon Pegg film made UK critics very unhappy.

Swiss Audiences in 'Listen Up Philip' Shocker: New York Is a Terrible Place to Live

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 14, 2014 11:43 AM
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As Hollywood movies court international audiences, their depictions of the U.S.A. grow more and more foreign.

Daily Reads: Defending Offensive Pop Culture You Love, the Seriousness of Robin Williams' Comedy and More

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 14, 2014 10:13 AM
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Plus: the look and legend of Lauren Bacall, and the best and worst of Cannon films.

'Frank' Is a Lesson in Why Equating Creativity and Mental Illness is Dangerous and Deadly

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 13, 2014 4:51 PM
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  • 8 Comments
Whether it's Robin Williams, cult musician Daniel Johnston, or a fictional character in a fiberglass head, linking mental illness and artistic profundity is always a bad idea.

First Reviews: 'Let's Be Cops' – Nah, But Thanks Anyway

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 13, 2014 4:21 PM
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Seems like critics aren't too eager to be cops. Maybe they're all delinquents.

Why One of Lauren Bacall's Most Important Roles Was Getting Punched on 'The Sopranos'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 13, 2014 1:07 PM
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  • 5 Comments
Lauren Bacall's willingness to take risks, like letting Christopher Moltisanti punch her right in her legendary face, was what kept her worth watching until the very end.

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