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Criticwire Picks: Would 'The Place Beyond the Pines' Work Better as a Trilogy?

  • By Steve Greene
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  • April 12, 2013 12:55 PM
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Last week, Derek Cianfrance's latest film "The Place Beyond the Pines" made a brief reappearance on our Best Indies of the Year So Far list. While newcomer "Sound City" made its way on to the list this week, the second film from the "Blue Valentine" director has been dropped for the second time, going from a B+ average to a B after opening on more screens.

The Review Report for Friday, April 12th: 'To The Wonder,' '42,' 'Antiviral,' and more

  • By Forrest Cardamenis
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  • April 12, 2013 11:04 AM
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A great week for new releases, with Terrence Malick's latest divisive work and Ken Loach's Jury Prize winner joined by a biopic, an acclaimed comedy, and Brandon Cronenberg's futuristic, celebrity-obsessed satire. Many of these films are dividing critics (to varying degrees), but with such a wide range of genre and style, there's something for everybody this week.

VODetails: 'Antiviral'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • April 12, 2013 10:04 AM
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Is this body horror movie from Brandon Cronenberg, son of director David Cronenberg, worth your VODollars?

Roger Ebert Remembered in Chicago By Family and Friends

  • By Matt Singer
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  • April 12, 2013 12:45 AM
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The three hour tribute from the Chicago Theatre featured tributes from John and Joan Cusack, Andrew Davis, Richard Roeper, and many more.

From the Wire: Ebert's Editor Remembers

  • By Matt Singer
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  • April 11, 2013 6:29 PM
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"He was unflappable in the face of pressure."

How 'Beyond the Valley of the Dolls' Reveals Roger Ebert's Values as a Film Critic

  • By Matt Singer
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  • April 11, 2013 3:30 PM
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The film may actually be a piece of film criticism by example.

Backstage Magazine Cuts All Reviews

  • By Matt Singer
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  • April 11, 2013 9:47 AM
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The publication's final reviews will be in this week's issue.

From the Wire: Video Essays and Copyrights

  • By Matt Singer
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  • April 10, 2013 4:04 PM
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Nelson Carvajal writes about what happened when Disney took issue with his viral video about the history of the Oscars.

Division Division: 'To The Wonder'

  • By Forrest Cardamenis
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  • April 10, 2013 1:50 PM
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"To The Wonder" may be getting the "Tree of Life" comparisons, but not the acclaim to match.

A Tribute to Roger Ebert From the Screenwriter of the Movie He Hated, Hated, Hated

  • By Matt Singer
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  • April 10, 2013 12:00 PM
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Alan Zweibel won three Emmys as a writer for the original cast of "Saturday Night Live" and a fourth as the writer of "The Paul Simon Special" in 1978 (he was also nominated as an "SNL" writer that year as well, meaning he either defeated himself or lost to himself, depending on your point-of-view). He worked on the cult favorite "It's Garry Shandling's Show" and co-wrote the movie version of "Dragnet" with Dan Aykroyd. He's had an fine career with some major achievements.

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