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Can Critics Make Their Mark on 'Man of Steel?'

  • By Jordan Hoffman
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  • June 17, 2013 11:45 AM
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  • 9 Comments
A field report from one New York City movie theater, where Jordan Hoffman investigates whether "Man of Steel" fans are engaging with the ongoing critical debate about the film.
More: Superman

The Criticwire Survey: Best Criterion Essays

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 17, 2013 10:02 AM
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  • 1 Comment
What's the best essay featured in a Criterion Collection DVD or Blu-ray? That's the subject of this week's Criticwire Survey.

Two Refreshing Twists on Familiar Territory from the Seattle International Film Festival

  • By Steve Greene
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  • June 14, 2013 5:04 PM
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  • 1 Comment
One of the most ubiquitous athletes of all time and another story about friends on a retreat turned out to be two of the strongest films to play at SIFF 2013.

Weird Pull Quote Theater: 'Hatchet III'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 14, 2013 3:47 PM
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  • 0 Comments
And now, it's time for another installment of Weird Pull Quote Theater!

This Summer's Movies Have a PG-13 Problem

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 14, 2013 1:23 PM
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  • 40 Comments
This post contains MINOR SPOILERS for "Iron Man 3," "Star Trek Into Darkness," and "Man of Steel." If you want to avoid any particular section, just look for that title and skip that paragraph.

Melissa McCarthy Responds to Rex Reed's 'Identity Thief' Review

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 14, 2013 12:02 AM
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  • 2 Comments
In his review of this spring's "Identity Thief," New York Observer film critic Rex Reed called its star, Melissa McCarthy, a "tractor-sized" "humongous" "female hippo" and "a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success." Later, he addressed the controversy generated by his comments on WOR Radio, where he refused to apologize, said that he objected to people "using health issues like obesity as comic talking points," and insisted that his review was "constitutionally protected, so there's nothing anybody can do" to stop him.

The Showrunner as Auteur: How TV Critics Have Learned From Film Critics' Mistakes

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 13, 2013 5:15 PM
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  • 2 Comments
More: Television

Does Sofia Coppola Have a Problem With Privilege, or Do Her Critics?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 13, 2013 3:01 PM
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  • 25 Comments
There’s an insidious bias at work, a tacit assumption that women’s art is always about themselves while men can stand outside and objectively comment.

From the Wire: From China With Love (Of Additional Revenue Streams)

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 13, 2013 1:07 PM
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  • 0 Comments
When movies aren't cutting out potentially objectionable material for the Chinese market, they're cutting in additional scenes featuring Chinese actors and storylines.

VODetails: 'Twixt'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 13, 2013 10:26 AM
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  • 0 Comments
Is the latest film from Francis Ford Coppola worth your VODollars?
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