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Can There Be Jewish Stories Without Jewish Characters?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 12, 2014 12:12 PM
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  • 1 Comment
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "The Immigrant" draw on Jewish history and stories but lack Jewish protagonists

How Entertainment Weekly's Shifting Fortunes Reflect Criticism's Changing Place in the Media Economy

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 10, 2014 4:58 PM
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  • 3 Comments
A culture in which critics participate rather than one they dictate to from on high is a healthier, more interesting one.

Augustus Waters: 'The Fault in our Stars' Manic Pixie Dream Guy

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 9, 2014 2:31 PM
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  • 6 Comments
Is Gus Waters a dream boy, or kind of a pushy creep?

Criticwire Survey: Sliding Scales

  • June 9, 2014 10:46 AM
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Do you judge a movie like "The Fault in Our Stars" for how well it does what it sets out to do, or whether what it's trying to do is worthwhile in the first place?

In a Country Without a Culture of Film Criticism, Its Value Is Clear

  • By Celluloid Liberation Front
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  • June 6, 2014 10:45 AM
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  • 7 Comments
It's fashionable for Americans to claim that film criticism is "over," but at a workshop in Kenya, filmmakers say building a culture of film criticism is essential.

Are Critics Losing Their Jobs Because Reviews Are "Money-Losers"?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 4, 2014 4:37 PM
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  • 10 Comments
A publisher says movie critics get fired because reviews lose money. But shouldn't we blame the people they work for instead?

Criticwire Survey: Halftime Top 5

  • June 2, 2014 8:59 AM
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The Criticwire Survey on the best movies, TV shows, music and more of 2014 so far.

Paul Walker's Digital "Fast & Furious" Double and the Troubling Future of Film Acting

  • By Sam Adams
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  • May 21, 2014 1:19 PM
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  • 9 Comments
The late Paul Walker's scenes in "Fast 7" will be completed by a digital doppelganger. Who's next?

Criticwire Survey: The Rating Game

  • May 12, 2014 9:36 AM
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How do critics feel about having to rate movies? And when they do, how much thought goes into the star rating or grade as opposed to the review as a whole?

Memo to the New York Times: Quit Reviewing Every Movie

  • By Sam Adams
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  • May 7, 2014 5:07 PM
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  • 22 Comments
The New York Times' AO Scott and Manohla Dargis offered Hollywood their suggestions this week. Now we've got one for their employer.