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Criticism In the Age of Rotten Tomatoes, and Other Highlights from KCRW's Talk with Critics

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 1, 2014 2:00 PM
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Film critics don't have the power today that they had in the 1970s, but they don't think that's necessarily a bad thing.
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Sight & Sound Lists the Top 50 Documentaries of All Time: 'The Man with a Movie Camera,' 'Sans Soleil' and More

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 1, 2014 12:26 PM
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The films that demonstrate the formal possibilities of documentaries.

Daily Reads: Marvel's Third-Act Problem, Werner Herzog Data Journalism

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 1, 2014 10:15 AM
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Plus: How "The Killing" ended on its own terms, and Bradley Cooper wasn't the only actor playing Rocket Raccoon.

Sound Mixer of 'Get On Up' Comments on Negative 'Get On Up' Reviews

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 31, 2014 2:30 PM
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The sound mixer for "Get On Up" likes "Get On Up," does not like "The Muppet Movie."

Village Voice Editor Blasts 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Fans for Calling Critic a 'Harlot'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 31, 2014 10:41 AM
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  • 6 Comments
Comic-book fans attacking critics who pan superhero movies is nothing new. But when the critic is a woman, the commentary takes on an especially vile cast.

Daily Reads: A Second Chance for 'The Lone Ranger,' Why 'Lucy' Is Bad for Female-Driven Movies and More

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 31, 2014 9:37 AM
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Plus: "Boardwalk Empire" and mourning the way TV protagonists used to be, and James Brown's greatest film.

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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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.