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Cage Match: 'Only God Forgives'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 19, 2013 4:08 PM
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Nicholas Winding Refn's 'Only God Forgives'

'The Conjuring,' 'Beneath' and the Triumph of Old-School Horror

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 19, 2013 3:18 PM
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Without effects or gimmicks, two movies get scares the old-fashioned way.

Barbed Wire: 'R.I.P.D.'

  • By Steve Greene
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  • July 19, 2013 12:56 PM
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RIPD, Ryan Reynolds
"A half-hour into the film, and it feels like the eighth day of jury duty."

The Not-So-Secret Formula Behind Every Hollywood Movie

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 19, 2013 10:37 AM
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On Blake Snyder's screenwriting manual Save the Cat!, whose beat-by-beat storytelling structure has become "a formula that threatens the world of original screenwriting as we know it."

Watch (Almost) Every Film From Kevin Lee's Provocative Video Essay

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 18, 2013 2:44 PM
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Kevin Lee's provocative video questions the nature of the essay film. Here are (most) of the ones he cites.

Early Feedback on Woody Allen's Latest: 'Blue Jasmine' is the Cate Blanchett Show

  • By Steve Greene
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  • July 18, 2013 2:10 PM
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Blue Jasmine
Break out the happy clarinets! Critics are mostly in agreement that this is one of Allen's best in a while.

Roger Ebert Reviews 'Computer Chess' From the Great Beyond

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 18, 2013 9:47 AM
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It's more been than three months since Roger Ebert passed away, but he's still filing copy from the great beyond. Ebert's site leads this morning with a previously unpublished review of Andrew Bujalski's Computer Chess, and the site's new editor, Matt Zoller Seitz, tells Criticwire there are more to come.

'Suits' and 'Honey Boo Boo': The Best Shows You Won't Admit Watching

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 17, 2013 4:41 PM
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Critics stand up for one of TV's most reviled shows, and one of its most overlooked.

First Reviews of 'The Wolverine'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 17, 2013 12:17 PM
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The first-reviews of The Wolverine, which sends Hugh Jackman's adamantine-clawed X-Man to Japan -- apparently to get as far away from X-Men Origins: Wolverine as possible -- have started to trickle in, and if you were hoping for a movie that's slightly better than the first Wolverine movie but not as good as the better X-Men films, you're apparently in luck. Mixed-to-negative takes outnumber the few positive ones, but both sides seem to agree that The Wolverine is a departure from recent comic-book movies, though they split on whether this represents a welcome change of pace or a regression to the bad old days.

The Matter-of-Fact Multiculturalism of 'Turbo'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 17, 2013 11:17 AM
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The reviews for Turbo, DreamWorks' animated tale of a snail with a dream to race in the Indy 500, are in, and for the most part, well, "lukewarm" would be overselling them. As City Weeklys Scott Renshaw put it on Twitter, "Turbo strives for nothing, says nothing, accomplishes nothing. It's not 'bad.' It simply is."

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