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Stanley Kauffmann, the New Republic's Film Critic of 54 Years, Dies at 97

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 9, 2013 11:17 AM
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The New Republic announced this morning that Stanley Kauffmann, who had been the magazine's critic for more than half a century, died this morning at the age of 97. The length of Kauffmann's tenure is almost unimaginable -- it's safe to his record will never be broken -- as, more importantly, is the sustained quality of his work. Apart from Ten Great Films, which features Kauffmann writing on The Gold Rush, Rashomon, Some Like It Hot and Tokyo Story among others, most of the printed collections of his work are out of print, but TNR's site has a generous selection of his work available, including his final review, of Our Nixon, Museum Hours and Israel: A Home Movie. Consider how many critics even a third his age show such an interest in under-the-radar films.

TCM's 'Story of Film' Reaches the Golden Age of Melodrama and Some Not-On-DVD Masterpieces

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 8, 2013 7:52 PM
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In this week's installment of the 15-week series, melodrama from Hollywood, Egypt and India, and the great Luis Bunuel movie you can't get on DVD.

Fiona Apple Drops C-Bomb on Rex Reed

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 8, 2013 5:54 PM
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Frankly, this isn't the sort of thing that would usually merit a post, but when the subject is Rex Reed, Criticwire finds it hard to resist. It seems Fiona Apple, who recently took issue with an audience member yelling out unsolicited diet tips in the middle of her set, took a detour during her between-song banter to lob some rather pointed words Reed's way. Apparently Reed once spelled the name of Apple's father, actor Brandon Maggart, incorrectly in a review, and furthermore "fucked with people and how they looked" (which certainly fits with Reed's recent M.O.). "I've wanted to do this a long time," she said to the crowd. "Daddy, this is for you: Rex Reed, you're a cunt."

In 'Jealousy' and 'Bucharest,' Actors' Romances Cause Performance Anxiety

  • October 7, 2013 1:08 PM
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Philippe Garrel's 'Jealousy'
New films from Philippe Garrel and Corneliu Poromboiu wonder whether love is just an act.

Criticwire Survey: Game-Changers

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 7, 2013 9:43 AM
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Critics reveal the films they though would change movies forever -- and whether they were right.

'A Touch of Sin,' 'Burning Bush' and the Violent Cost of Change

  • By Greg Cwik
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  • October 4, 2013 4:21 PM
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In Jia Zhang-ke's China and Agniezska Holland's Czechoslovakia, political change comes at a bloody cost.

Hulu's 'The Awesomes' Isn't an Ideal TV Alternative, But Its Strengths Underline Online's Potential

  • By Steve Greene
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  • October 4, 2013 2:43 PM
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Seth Meyers and Michael Shoemaker's superhero satire features some hilarious turns, but its format and overall scope seem like missed opportunities to capitalize on the freedom of web original content.

In Joanna Hogg's 'Exhibition,' Echoes of Mumblecore and David Lynch

  • October 4, 2013 9:10 AM
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The three films in the New York Film Festival's "Emerging Artist: Joanna Hogg" are sometimes mundane, sometimes bizarre, but always feature Tom Hiddleston.

'Gravity's Companion Short Is a Masterpiece As Well. Too Bad You Can't See It.

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 3, 2013 4:03 PM
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A seven-minute short called 'Aningaaq' serves as a worthy companion to the much-lauded 'Gravity,' but apart from the lucky few who saw it at film festivals, most viewers will have to wait for the DVD.

Harvey Weinstein's 'Salinger' Is a Master Class in Spin

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 3, 2013 3:28 PM
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Critics weren't kind to Shane Salerno's documentary on J.D. Salinger. But Harvey Weinstein has turned the film's marketing into a work of art.

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