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How Hit Movies Become Flops

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 12, 2013 4:00 PM
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  • 25 Comments
Hype can be a movie's yellow sun and Kryptonite all rolled into one.
More: Superman

A Young Roger Ebert's Letter to the Editor of 'Amazing Stories'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 12, 2013 11:59 AM
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  • 1 Comment
Here's a cool discovery. Ian Schoenherr runs a blog called John Schoenherr devoted to the work of his father, who was an award-winning illustrator for science fiction magazines and children's books. In a new blog post, the younger Schoenherr tracks down an issue of the sci-fi pulp Amazing Stories that featured one of his dad's pieces. Flipping through the magazine's August 1957 edition, he found another item of interest: a letter to the editor from one Roger Ebert, the future Pulitzer Prize winning film critic, then just a 15-year-old science fiction fan from Urbana, Illinois.

Much Ado About the Man of Steel: What Comic Book Filmmakers Can Learn from Shakespeare

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 12, 2013 10:05 AM
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  • 0 Comments
It's definitely better than "Superman Returns." Or it's worse. Or maybe the comparison is besides the point.

Laura Poitras and the Snowden Leak: How a Documentary Filmmaker Put a Human Face on the PRISM Scandal

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 11, 2013 1:49 PM
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  • 0 Comments
Sam Adams on "one of the sharpest and most gifted documentary filmmakers in the field" and her role in NSA leak.

A Potential Record Breaker on Rotten Tomatoes

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 11, 2013 11:29 AM
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  • 4 Comments
In two more reviews (assuming they're not positive), the film will break the RT record for the biggest gulf between critics and audiences.

Early 'Man of Steel' Reviews Are Strong But Not Super

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 11, 2013 12:47 AM
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  • 2 Comments
Most critics like Zack Snyder's Superman reboot a lot. But it's not a unanimous verdict for the Last Son of Krypton.

Some Refined Discussion About Vulgar Auteurism

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 10, 2013 6:23 PM
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  • 1 Comment
"A well-rounded person is open to a Jean-Luc Godard and a Jean-Claude Van Damme."

Early Reviews Give 'Monsters University' a Decent Grade

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 10, 2013 11:37 AM
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  • 0 Comments
Critics are mixed but mostly positive about the new Pixar prequel.
More: Pixar

The Criticwire Survey: Where Is Ferris Bueller Now?

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 10, 2013 10:10 AM
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  • 2 Comments
"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" was released on this week in 1986. Where is Ferris now? Critics share their guesses.

Emma Watson and Two Tales of Hollywood Survival

  • By William Goss
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  • June 7, 2013 7:30 PM
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  • 1 Comment

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