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Should Teenagers See 'Blue Is the Warmest Color'? A.O. Scott's Has, Twice.

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 24, 2013 11:26 AM
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New York Times critic A.O. Scott calms the controversy by revealing his teenage daughter has seen the sexually explicit coming-of-age movie. Twice.

'Trophy Wife': The Hit Show No One's Watching

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 23, 2013 2:18 PM
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ABC's 'Trophy Wife' has the rave reviews to make it a hit show, but audiences aren't catching on.
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Blank Generations: 'Last of the Unjust' and 'The Missing Picture' Reconstruct Genocide's History

  • October 22, 2013 3:00 PM
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A victim of the Khmer Rouge and a Holocaust historian bring the past into the present.

Is Portuguese Cinema in Danger, or Does It Just Reflect a Country in Turmoil?

  • October 22, 2013 1:34 PM
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With Portuguese films circulating in the world's greatest festivals, Vanessa Erazo wonders if it's the nation's cinema is in danger, or the nation itself.

Claire Denis on 'Bastards,' Blood and the Power of Silence

  • October 22, 2013 1:01 PM
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The veteran French auteur talks about her vengeance-driven new film, in which actions speak louder than words.

Why Discussing '12 Years a Slave's Cinematography Is Better Than a "Conversation on Race"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 21, 2013 1:51 PM
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Rather than a nebulous "national conversation," '12 Years a Slave' sparks a discussion about racial bias built into the machinery of filmmaking itself.

Criticwire Survey: Lousy Film, Great Soundtrack

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 21, 2013 10:12 AM
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From 'TRON: Legacy' to 'Revenge of the Sith,' critics pick movies that don't measure up to their music.

'No Eulogies' Resurrects 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 18, 2013 4:51 PM
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'No Eulogies' aims to make Andrew Dominik's Brad Pitt-starring 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford' a repertory staple.

'12 Years a Slave' Dissenters Raise Questions Worth Answering

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 18, 2013 12:25 PM
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  • 11 Comments
Steve McQueen's brutal, unsparing look at American slavery has met with near-universal acclaim, but the critics who find fault with it ask questions worth answering.

Why I'm a (James) Franco-phile

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 17, 2013 4:53 PM
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Sure, he's a pretentious dilettante. But the world is a more interesting place with James Franco, Multimedia Spectacular, in it.

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