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Is 'Dead Poets Society' Ruining Our Schools?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 20, 2014 12:24 PM
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  • 8 Comments
Okay, it's not. But its vision of the humanities makes them awfully hard to defend.

Worried Critics Don't Smile, 'Variety's Peter Bart Gives Them Something to Laugh At

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 18, 2014 9:36 AM
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  • 0 Comments
The onetime industry Bible is increasingly dominated by clickbait, but for old-school trolling, look to a master.

Criticwire Survey: Movies That Changed

  • February 17, 2014 9:25 AM
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  • 3 Comments
The Criticwire Survey on movies they've seen differently at different points in their lives.

What Rafael Yglesias' Woody Allen/Dylan Farrow Essay Tells Us About His Great 'Fearless'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 13, 2014 2:20 PM
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  • 1 Comment
In an essay, the author and screenwriter describes being molested as a child. What does that have to do with a movie about plane-crash survivors?

Criticwire Survey: Movie Walkouts

  • February 10, 2014 9:40 AM
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  • 4 Comments
When is it okay for a critic to walk out of a movie, and if they do, can they write about it afterwards?

Why I Walked Out of 'The Monuments Men'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 6, 2014 10:46 AM
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  • 65 Comments
The theater critic Walter Kerr used to say "You don't have to eat the whole apple to know it's rotten." 'The Monuments Men' is a rotten apple.

Weekend Reel Reads: Radio Plays, Complete Works and Malickian Absences

  • By Steve Greene
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  • May 12, 2013 1:01 PM
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  • 0 Comments
This week's edition of some of the best stories from around the web include some film-related pieces covering other media, including books and radio. Also featured: coming of age stories, the Malick films that never were and a slasher movie without the slash.

Weekend Reel Reads: Perry, Pop and Politics

  • By Steve Greene
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  • April 21, 2013 11:14 AM
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Pop music in horror films and a tribute to one of the most celebrated living critics: that and more on this edition of Weekend Reel Reads.

Weekend Reel Reads: Reinterpretations of Classics Old and New

  • By Steve Greene
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  • April 14, 2013 1:19 PM
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  • 1 Comment
A tribute to the late Les Blank, the case for more Agatha Christie adaptations and a new look at "Saving Private Ryan": all on this week's edition of Weekend Reel Reads.

'Jaws' Selected As Best Steven Spielberg Film In Criticwire Poll

  • By Steve Greene
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  • April 2, 2013 10:15 AM
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  • 3 Comments
What do a shark, an archaeologist and a bunch of aliens have in common? They all feature prominently in the films that the members of our Criticwire network have selected as among Steven Spielberg's best.

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