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'Garth Marenghi's Darkplace' Is Horror at Its Worst, Comedy at Its Best

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 31, 2013 2:31 PM
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  • 3 Comments
Enough with celebrating the best in horror. At Halloween approaches, savor the deliberate and glorious dreadfulness of this supremely well-made send-up.

The Thinking Dead: 'The Returned' Is a Zombie Show With (Delicious) Brains

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 31, 2013 12:16 PM
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Living dead notwithstanding, Sundance Channel's eight-episode series, which begins its run tonight, is more about small-town tragedy than gory kills.

Is the Rise of Recaps Keeping TV Critics From Thinking Big?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 30, 2013 4:56 PM
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A writer argues that episode-driven reviews limit their audiences and inhibit the discussion. Sam Adams disagrees.

Variety's Claudia Eller on Why the Veteran Pub is Adding Critics When Others Are Cutting Back

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 30, 2013 11:37 AM
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The veteran movie-industry publication's film editor, Claudia Eller, explains why they're beefing up their critics' ranks when others are cutting back.

Do Critics Understand Documentaries?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 29, 2013 10:58 AM
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At a panel from the True/False Film Festival, critics weigh in on whether film criticism has kept pace with the steady growth of documentary film.

Cinema in the Round: The World's First 270-Degree Movie

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 28, 2013 4:31 PM
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A new format called ScreenX promises images that envelop viewers on all sides. But how easy is it to watch?

A History of Movie Trailers Reveals How Filmmakers Have Made Marketing Part of Their Art

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 28, 2013 2:53 PM
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Surveying 80 years of movie trailers, it's clear that the best directors have made advance advertising a part of their art.

REMINDER: Applications For Indiewire | Sundance Institute Fellowship For Film Criticism Due Thursday! Plus: Your Application Questions Answered

  • By Eric Kohn
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  • October 28, 2013 12:31 PM
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  • 6 Comments
Since the initial call for applications at the beginning of this month, several would-applicants have written us with questions about their qualifications. Here are a few important pointers.

Criticwire Survey: Off-Camera Info

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 28, 2013 9:21 AM
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Should critics only review what's on the screen? Or is what goes on behind the camera as much a part of the story as the film itself?

'The Good Wife's "Hitting the Fan" Pays Off Long-Running Conflicts and Starts New Ones

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 27, 2013 10:04 PM
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As Julianna Margulies' lawyer starts her own firm, 'The Good Wife' shows why it's one of the best shows on TV.

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