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'Batman' Won the Battle. Have We Lost the War?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 23, 2014 1:27 PM
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  • 1 Comment
The success of Tim Burton's "Batman" meant acceptance for serious comic books. Too bad "serious" turned out to be so narrowly defined.

Criticwire Survey: Screener Privilege

  • June 17, 2014 10:48 AM
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  • 4 Comments
Critics are increasing required to review movies from online screeners. Is this good for anyone?

'Maleficent's Black-Metal Roots

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 13, 2014 4:09 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Does "Maleficent" change "Sleeping Beauty's" villain to a wronged woman because we no longer believe in evil?

Angelina Jolie Says 'Maleficent' is "A Metaphor for Rape"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 12, 2014 4:07 PM
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  • 4 Comments
If the scene where Angelina Jolie's Maleficent is mutilated in her sleep is a symbolic rape, what about the rest of the movie?

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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  • 1 Comment
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?