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Is 'Orange Is the New Black' the Year's Best New Show?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 11, 2013 1:09 PM
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Is this women-in-prison series the year's best new show?

Fade In: The Dissolve

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 10, 2013 5:39 PM
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When word got out that a group of Chicago-based writers were coming together to start a website devoted to film, critic James Rocchi quipped that it was "like seeing a unicorn at a Safeway." Five weeks later, we've got our unicorn, and it's a beaut.

Rex Reed Still World's Worst Film Critic

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 10, 2013 10:22 AM
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  • 34 Comments
The movie reviews of Rex Reed inspire fierce debate: Questions like, Is he the worst critic alive, or the worst critic in history? Is he a terrible writer, or a terrible person who happens to write? Is he a a greater waste of column inches or oxygen?

Channel Guide: The Bridge

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 10, 2013 9:00 AM
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Reviews of FX's The Bridge are (near-)united in praise for Demian Bechir's performance and for the show's exploration of its border territory.

Paul Schrader Profiles Lindsay Lohan for Film Comment

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 9, 2013 1:33 PM
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The knives have been out for Paul Schrader's The Canyons, which starts Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen in a tale of sex and murder in the Hollywood Hills, since the New York Times Magazine ran a wickedly sharp account of the filming titled "Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan in Your Movie." (Hint: Nothing good.) An unnamed source at SXSW leaked the news that the film had been rejected for "quality issues," a major ethical breach for which festival director Janet Pierson subsequently apologized. The few minutes of footage which turned up on YouTube looked embarrassingly amateurish; if someone on the inside had wanted to sink the film's chances at a distribution deal, that would have been the footage to leak.

Forbidden Rolling Stones Documentary Makes Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll Look Like a Drag

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 9, 2013 12:44 PM
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With the Rolling Stones scouring their vaults and releasing every alternate mix and scrap of arcana as a high-priced collector's item, it's hard to believe there's anything left unissued. But as Jack Hamilton writes at Slate, there's one piece of Stones history that remains resolutely off-limits: Robert Frank's 1972 documentary Cocksucker Blues, which Hamilton calls "the most famous rock-and-roll movie that barely anyone has ever seen, the lost chord of the World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band."

Channel Guide: Gasland Part II

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 8, 2013 3:50 PM
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Is Josh Fox's sequel to Gasland worth tuning in?

Does It Matter If Women Make Superhero Movies?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 8, 2013 3:15 PM
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  • 6 Comments
Would women making superhero movies change Hollywood? Or would it change them?

Critics Battle Over 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 8, 2013 11:27 AM
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Ways of Seeing: A Guide to Jem Cohen's 'Museum Hours'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 5, 2013 4:44 PM
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Jem Cohen's Museum Hours, which just joined the ranks of Criticwire's highest-ranked 2013 films, gets its first theatrical run outside of New York this weekend, and will be expanding across the country through August and September. While transparency requires I divulge that my own review of the film was more lukewarm than Criticwire's collective take, it's definitely an intriguing film that touches on fascinating issues about the way art shapes our understanding of the world -- not how life imitates art, or vice-versa, but how the two are inextricably bound together.

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