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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?

"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?

Should Critics Write About Filmmaking? Now in Pie-Chart Form!

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 28, 2014 2:11 PM
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  • 4 Comments
A handy overview, complete with visual aid, of the ongoing debate.

When Wrestlers Act: Blood, Sweat and Canvas

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 27, 2014 3:15 PM
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What happens when wrestlers get in the filmmaking ring?

Film Critics Should Definitely Write About Form, Except When They Don't Want To

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 26, 2014 4:21 PM
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  • 11 Comments
Film criticism doesn't need your rules, man.

Brave Nehru World: Is the Future Collarless?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 24, 2014 2:35 PM
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Want to whip up a futuristic dystopia on the double? Start by cutting your shirts off at the neck.

Criticwire Survey: Should Film Critics Be Filmmakers?

  • March 24, 2014 9:02 AM
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  • 15 Comments
Jazz writer Ted Gioia accused music critics of focusing on "lifestyle" and ignoring the nuts and bolts of how music works. Are film critics guilty of the same sin?

A Streaming Bonanza for Chris Marker Fans: "Remembrance of Things to Come" and More On the Way

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 21, 2014 4:32 PM
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A new video essay celebrates the late master's late work, one of several Chris Marker masterpieces making their way to streaming outlets.

"Goodnight, Danny Trejo": Why "Muppets Most Wanted's" Too-Many Cameos Feel Just Right

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 21, 2014 1:45 PM
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"Muppets Most Wanted" casts an absurd number of celebrities for parts so brief they barely register. And that's perfect.

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