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Steven Soderbergh Cuts "Heaven's Gate" Down to Size

  • By Sam Adams
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  • April 22, 2014 4:27 PM
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  • 2 Comments
Michael Cimino's infamously sprawling Western gets some tough love in Soderbergh's 108-minute edit.

Criticwire Survey: Right the First Time

  • April 22, 2014 11:31 AM
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  • 3 Comments
It seems like every day there's some once-derided movie being hailed as a misunderstood classic. But what about movies that were terrible then are are terrible now?

"Accuracy Is the Poor Man's Authenticity": (A Few) More Thoughts on the Expert Review

  • By Sam Adams
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  • April 21, 2014 4:52 PM
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  • 2 Comments
The responses to Sam Adams' attack on the Expert Review debate the tension between history and art.

Criticwire Survey: Spoiler Alert

  • April 14, 2014 3:36 PM
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  • 4 Comments
Should critics avoid divulging plot details, or is the audience responsible for keeping up with things they don't want spoiled?

Ask a Pornographer: "Nymphomaniac"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • April 11, 2014 1:37 PM
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  • 6 Comments
One of the best analyses of Lars von Trier's brutal, sexually explicit epic comes from someone who makes a living making porn.

This Is How Entertainment Weekly Says "I'm Sorry"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • April 11, 2014 10:15 AM
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  • 6 Comments
It's not exactly an apology, but EW's 2000-word essay on "Under the Skin" feels a lot like a make-up for last week's controversial non-review.

Don't Feed the Trolls: Does Singling Out Contrarian Critics Reward Bad Behavior?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • April 10, 2014 10:55 AM
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  • 2 Comments
It's frustrating when writers buck convention just to net clicks. But ignoring them won't make them go away.

Please Kill the Expert Review: A Modest Proposal

  • By Sam Adams
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  • April 9, 2014 2:33 PM
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  • 12 Comments
What the Expert Review gets wrong about cultural criticism.

Criticwire Survey: Groupthink

  • April 7, 2014 3:03 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Does the echo chamber of social media punish critics who diverge from the herd?

Is Watching Movies Too Hard, or Are Audiences Getting Soft?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • April 2, 2014 3:51 PM
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  • 10 Comments
There's too much talk about what we demand from movies, and not enough about what they demand from us.