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Daily Reads: A Friendship with Roger Ebert, the Sadness of Watching Woody Allen and More

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 29, 2014 9:43 AM
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Plus: the history of the eye closeup and silent film fans make some noise about disappearing movies.

This Luc Besson Description of 'Lucy' Renders All Criticism Redundant

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 25, 2014 3:52 PM
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Having trouble describing the movie in which Scarlett Johansson uses her brain capacity to reshape the universe? Luc Besson is here to help.

Daily Reads: Faulty Science in "Lucy," Death to Frank Miller's Batman and More

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 25, 2014 9:29 AM
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Plus: unexpected quotes from "Hercules" reviews, and whether or not critics are reluctant to admit when films turn them on.

Is Scarlett Johansson's 'Lucy' the Summer's Smartest Dumb Movie, or Its Dumbest Smart One?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 23, 2014 12:51 PM
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Luc Besson's fleet thriller isn't book-smart, but it's not as dumb as it looks.

Lava Cake or Dim Sum Brunch: What Kind of Food is Jon Favreau's "Chef"?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • May 9, 2014 2:39 PM
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"Chef" uses food as a metaphor for life, so it's only fair that critics use food metaphors to describe it. But is it a full-course meal or a frothy soufflé?

This Is How Entertainment Weekly Says "I'm Sorry"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • April 11, 2014 10:15 AM
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It's not exactly an apology, but EW's 2000-word essay on "Under the Skin" feels a lot like a make-up for last week's controversial non-review.

Defending Anthony Lane's Scarlett Johansson Profile

  • By Sam Adams
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  • April 1, 2014 12:05 PM
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If an actor's body is an instrument, why can't we talk about how they play it?

'Her': The OS as Digital Deity

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 20, 2013 3:19 PM
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Can Spike Jonze's techo-romantic fable be read in spiritual terms as well?