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'The Wes Anderson Collection's Matt Zoller Seitz on the "Perfect" 'Rushmore'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 16, 2013 11:29 AM
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The author of 'The Wes Anderson Collection' pays tribute to the director's first masterpiece with a video essay.

Mysteries of Hollywood Pronunciation -- Revealed!

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 15, 2013 10:06 AM
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Amanda Seyfried? Chiwetel Ejiofor? Steve Buscemi? Criticwire has the answers.

Criticwire Survey: History Too Important for Fiction

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 14, 2013 9:09 AM
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Critics on the milestones they'd never want to see filmed. What's yours?

Is Job Insecurity Making Film Critics Timid, Or Just Shallow?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 11, 2013 3:52 PM
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A wave of layoffs in the U.K. leads a British film critic to wonder if writers are afraid to risk their necks.

Stanley Kauffmann, the New Republic's Film Critic of 54 Years, Dies at 97

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 9, 2013 11:17 AM
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  • 69 Comments
The New Republic announced this morning that Stanley Kauffmann, who had been the magazine's critic for more than half a century, died this morning at the age of 97. The length of Kauffmann's tenure is almost unimaginable -- it's safe to his record will never be broken -- as, more importantly, is the sustained quality of his work. Apart from Ten Great Films, which features Kauffmann writing on The Gold Rush, Rashomon, Some Like It Hot and Tokyo Story among others, most of the printed collections of his work are out of print, but TNR's site has a generous selection of his work available, including his final review, of Our Nixon, Museum Hours and Israel: A Home Movie. Consider how many critics even a third his age show such an interest in under-the-radar films.

Fiona Apple Drops C-Bomb on Rex Reed

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 8, 2013 5:54 PM
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Frankly, this isn't the sort of thing that would usually merit a post, but when the subject is Rex Reed, Criticwire finds it hard to resist. It seems Fiona Apple, who recently took issue with an audience member yelling out unsolicited diet tips in the middle of her set, took a detour during her between-song banter to lob some rather pointed words Reed's way. Apparently Reed once spelled the name of Apple's father, actor Brandon Maggart, incorrectly in a review, and furthermore "fucked with people and how they looked" (which certainly fits with Reed's recent M.O.). "I've wanted to do this a long time," she said to the crowd. "Daddy, this is for you: Rex Reed, you're a cunt."

Criticwire Survey: Game-Changers

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 7, 2013 9:43 AM
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Critics reveal the films they though would change movies forever -- and whether they were right.

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.