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Criticwire Survey: Spoiler Alert

  • April 14, 2014 3:36 PM
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Should critics avoid divulging plot details, or is the audience responsible for keeping up with things they don't want spoiled?

Ask a Pornographer: "Nymphomaniac"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • April 11, 2014 1:37 PM
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  • 6 Comments
One of the best analyses of Lars von Trier's brutal, sexually explicit epic comes from someone who makes a living making porn.

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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  • 5 Comments
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.

Don't Feed the Trolls: Does Singling Out Contrarian Critics Reward Bad Behavior?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • April 10, 2014 10:55 AM
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  • 2 Comments
It's frustrating when writers buck convention just to net clicks. But ignoring them won't make them go away.

Please Kill the Expert Review: A Modest Proposal

  • By Sam Adams
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  • April 9, 2014 2:33 PM
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  • 9 Comments
What the Expert Review gets wrong about cultural criticism.

Criticwire Survey: Groupthink

  • April 7, 2014 3:03 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Does the echo chamber of social media punish critics who diverge from the herd?

Is Watching Movies Too Hard, or Are Audiences Getting Soft?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • April 2, 2014 3:51 PM
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  • 10 Comments
There's too much talk about what we demand from movies, and not enough about what they demand from us.

Defending Anthony Lane's Scarlett Johansson Profile

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

"Showgirls": "It Doesn't Suck" Defends the (Nearly) Indefensible

  • By Sam Adams
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  • April 1, 2014 9:54 AM
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Adam Nayman's new book gives Paul Verhoeven's diasterpiece the scholarly study it deserves.

Criticwire Survey: The Unscreened

  • March 31, 2014 9:25 AM
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Does holding movies back from critics until they're in theaters turn them against the film or lower their expectations -- and should it matter at all?

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