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Matthew McConaughey Credits Critics With Helping His Career

  • By Matt Singer
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  • May 8, 2013 6:37 PM
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  • 2 Comments
Reading negative reviews of his work helped the actor figure out what roles to take.

New and Reviewed on DVD/Blu-Ray For May 8th: 'Upstream Color', 'Mama', and More

  • By Forrest Cardamenis
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  • May 8, 2013 1:02 PM
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If you're like me, you're head over heels for this week's home video releases. My favorite film of the year so far, "Upstream Color," and one of my favorites of last year, "Starlet," both arrive on Blu-ray. If you're less like me, you still have a solid horror film and an action film, both with big name stars. If you're not like me at all, don't fear: Nicholas Sparks is here.After only a month in theaters, the year's most talked about release is making its way into your home."Upstream Color"Criticwire Average: B+ (65 grades)

Alec Baldwin Says Times Theater Critic "Is Not a Good Writer"

  • By Matt Singer
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  • May 8, 2013 11:58 AM
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This would be Ben Brantley, the New York Times' longtime lead theater critic.

"Why Is This Movie Famous Again?" My Wife Watches 'Star Wars' For the First Time

  • By Matt Singer
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  • May 8, 2013 9:57 AM
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  • 12 Comments
A pair of "Star Wars" geeks invite their "Star Wars" neophyte wives into the cult. But will they accept the invitation?
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A Troubling Statement on the State of Movie Projection

  • By Matt Singer
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  • May 7, 2013 12:01 PM
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  • 13 Comments
A variety of factors have conspired to decimate the field of projectionists. But we might need them now more than ever.

VODetails: 'Norman'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • May 7, 2013 10:04 AM
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Is this film about a troubled teen worth your VODollars?
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Marlon Wayans On Critics: "You Guys Have Got a Thumb Up Your Ass"

  • By Matt Singer
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  • May 6, 2013 2:06 PM
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  • 9 Comments
Promoting his latest movie, "A Haunted House," in Australia, Wayans says critics have thumbs -- nay, entire fists - up their asses. But he also says he's not mad at them, which is nice.

Observer Film Critic Philip French Announces Retirement

  • By Matt Singer
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  • May 6, 2013 12:02 PM
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After a fifty year career, French will file his last column this August.

The Criticwire Survey: The Best Young Director Working Today

  • By Matt Singer
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  • May 6, 2013 10:02 AM
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  • 24 Comments
Who's the best filmmaking in the world today under the age of 40? The critics weigh in.

From the Wire: Defending John Ford

  • By Matt Singer
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  • May 3, 2013 4:52 PM
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  • 8 Comments
Kent Jones responds to Quentin Tarantino's charges of racism in the films of John Ford with a long and thoughtful essay.

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