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Harvey Weinstein's 'Salinger' Is a Master Class in Spin

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 3, 2013 3:28 PM
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Critics weren't kind to Shane Salerno's documentary on J.D. Salinger. But Harvey Weinstein has turned the film's marketing into a work of art.

Mark Kermode, 21st Century Film Criticism and the Fruitful Instability of Online Reputations

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 2, 2013 9:21 AM
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Negative reviews get people's attention, but in veteran U.K. critic Mark Kermode's forthcoming book, he argues that critics expose themselves more when they go to bat for a film, and it's the size of the risk -- not the outlet they write for -- that separates critics worth reading from those who aren't.

New York Film Festival Critics' Academy: The New Class

  • By Sam Adams
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  • September 25, 2013 4:23 PM
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Meet the members of the New York Film Festival Critics Academy and find out which festival films they're most looking forward to.

Criticwire Survey: Everyone (Else) Is Wrong

  • By Sam Adams
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  • September 23, 2013 9:20 AM
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  • 8 Comments
Sometimes, being a critic means walking a lonely road. Critics reveal the movies where they disagree with (almost) everyone.

Who Criticizes the Critics? Existimatum, That's Who.

  • By Sam Adams
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  • September 18, 2013 4:58 PM
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  • 10 Comments
A new site grades movies reviewers on their writing, and purports to separate the reliable from the un-.

Criticwire Survey: How Would You Solve the Problem of People Texting in Movie Theaters?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • September 16, 2013 9:23 AM
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  • 14 Comments
A critic at the Toronto Film Festival called the police to report texting during a movie. This week's Criticwire Survey proposes less solutions to the problem: "Quiet car"-style screenings; shaming offenders with laser pointers; and good old-fashioned violence.

MSN Entertainment Cuts Its Movie Writers Loose: Dozens Lose Jobs With a Single Email

  • By Sam Adams
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  • September 12, 2013 11:56 AM
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  • 2 Comments
With its freelance budget cut to $0, a once-stable outlet let its entire writing staff go with a single email.

In Its Second Week, TCM's 'The Story of FIlm' Reaches Silent Film's Glorious Peak

  • By Sam Adams
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  • September 9, 2013 6:28 PM
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In the second week of its series built around Mark Cousins' 15-part documentary, Turner Classic Movies shows silent cinema at its peak.

Is '12 Years a Slave' an Oscar Lock? Please Don't Ask

  • By Sam Adams
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  • September 9, 2013 12:23 PM
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  • 2 Comments
Writers talking up the best-picture chances of Steve McQueen's harrowing slavery drama are avoiding the hard questions it poses.

Watch the Toronto Film Festival's Moving Tribute to Roger Ebert

  • By Sam Adams
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  • September 8, 2013 4:47 PM
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Watch the Toronto Film Festival's Moving Tribute to Roger Ebert

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