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Armond White on Dwayne Johnson, 'Hercules' and Multiracial Men in Traditionally European Roles

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 30, 2014 2:39 PM
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  • 2 Comments
The often controversial critic put aside the barbs for a thoughtful essay on iconic figures and the men who play them.

Critic James Wolcott Wins PEN Award

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 30, 2014 1:45 PM
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  • 0 Comments
The venerable generalist critic won for his decades-spanning collection "Critical Mass."

Rotten Tomatoes Wiki, The 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Wars, and When Anti-Fanboys Become the New Fanboys

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 30, 2014 12:00 PM
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  • 84 Comments
Can't we all just get along?

Daily Reads: How John Oliver Mastered the Viral Rant, In Defense of Comic-Con and More

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 30, 2014 9:15 AM
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Plus: In defense of classic TV, and how "Midnight Run" made Robert De Niro bankable.

This Week in Home Video: Werner Herzog and 'Twin Peaks' Box Sets

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 29, 2014 10:45 AM
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Plus: "Noah," "The Other Woman," "Woodstock" and "The Big Chill."

Daily Reads: A Friendship with Roger Ebert, the Sadness of Watching Woody Allen and More

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 29, 2014 9:43 AM
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  • 3 Comments
Plus: the history of the eye closeup and silent film fans make some noise about disappearing movies.

How Not to Write About Classic Television

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 28, 2014 4:54 PM
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Looking at classic television with a critical lens is encouraged. Using older shows as a way to deliver glib jokes in a major publication, not so much.

Can the Story of Hollywood Be Told in Just 10 Films?

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 28, 2014 3:01 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Inspired by Sotheby's 10-exhibit summation of the history of art, Robbie Collin took a crack at picking 10 films to tell the history of Hollywood.

Daily Reads: 'Snowpiercer' an Indie Savior or Casualty, the Music of 'Twin Peaks' and More

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 28, 2014 9:18 AM
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Plus: the history of TMZ, and Joe Swanberg on the financial life of an independent filmmaker.

Does Sharing Early Screening Reactions Devalue Critics?

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 25, 2014 4:42 PM
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  • 4 Comments
It's important to keep others in mind, but what's the value of having critics' word first to help shape the conversation?