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Why the Unanimous Praise for 'Boyhood' Is Bad for Film Criticism — and for 'Boyhood'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 4, 2014 4:19 PM
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  • 55 Comments
"Boyhood's" near-perfect scores on Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes drown out the voices of critics who want to take a closer look.

Criticwire Survey: Directors Who Should've Done TV

  • August 4, 2014 11:01 AM
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  • 0 Comments
More and more film directors are turning to television. What filmmaker, living or dead, would you like to see try her or his hand at the small screen?

Why 'Guardians of the Galaxy's End-Credits Scene is a Perfect Critique of the Marvel Universe

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 31, 2014 4:00 PM
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  • 10 Comments
"Guardians of the Galaxy's" top secret credits tag is a nifty treat for fans, and a pointed satire of Marvel movies' ponderousness.

Negative Reviews of 'The Kill Team' Miss What Makes the Documentary Special. So Do the Positive Ones.

  • By Robert Greene
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  • July 31, 2014 12:56 PM
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  • 8 Comments
Even critics who praise documentaries often look past the craft that can make them great movies, and not just informative recitations of fact.

'The Expendables 3' Torrent and the Techno-Utopian Delusion

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 29, 2014 2:39 PM
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  • 16 Comments
Download an advance copy if you want. Just don't pretend you're helping the movie by doing it.

Criticwire Survey: In Case You Missed It

  • July 28, 2014 9:37 AM
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  • 0 Comments
The things we've missed so far this year, and the ones everyone else needs to catch up with.

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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  • 1 Comment
Having trouble describing the movie in which Scarlett Johansson uses her brain capacity to reshape the universe? Luc Besson is here to help.

Criticwire Survey: The Movie Purge

  • July 21, 2014 9:57 AM
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  • 1 Comment
For the next 12 hours, all film-related crime is legal. How will you Purge?

The Semiotics of 'Siskel & Ebert'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 17, 2014 11:56 AM
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  • 2 Comments
The co-host of "Ebert Presents" explains why "At the Movies" worked with Roger Ebert, and couldn't with anyone else.

Dawn of the Planet of the Dudes: How 'Apes' Failed Evolution

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 16, 2014 2:39 PM
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  • 28 Comments
In "Dawn of the Planet the Apes," human society is profoundly changed, and ape society is just beginning. How come neither has room for women?