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'Clouds of Sils Maria' and 'Cure: The Life of Another' Reveal Where the Bechdel Test Comes Up Short

  • By Mallory Andrews
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  • August 19, 2014 11:40 AM
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Both movies easily get a passing grade from the famed feminist metric, but only one features meaningful interaction between women.

How Japanese Movies Deal, and Don't, With the Legacy of Kamikaze Pilots

  • By Julian Ross
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  • August 18, 2014 1:00 PM
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Nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, Japan and its artists are still struggling to come to terms with it.

Japanese Zombies and Korean Factory Workers: Will the Asian Working Class Go to Heaven?

  • By Michael Guarneri
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  • August 18, 2014 11:00 AM
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New movies from the Locarno Film Festival show an Asian working class alienated from the fruits of their labor — and, in one case, from being alive.

Criticwire Classic of the Week: Howard Hawks' 'The Big Sleep'

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 15, 2014 12:51 PM
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In memory of Lauren Bacall, here's a look at a film that cemented her stardom.

First Reviews: 'Hector and the Search for Happiness' Told to Search Some Other Place

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 14, 2014 12:44 PM
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The new Simon Pegg film made UK critics very unhappy.

First Reviews: 'Let's Be Cops' – Nah, But Thanks Anyway

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 13, 2014 4:21 PM
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Seems like critics aren't too eager to be cops. Maybe they're all delinquents.

Sleeper of the Week: "What If"

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 12, 2014 4:38 PM
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The romcom that has some critics believing in romcoms again.

First Reviews of 'The Giver': An Anti-Conformist Allegory Succumbs to Sameness

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 12, 2014 11:17 AM
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Jeff Bridges' long-gestating adaption of Lois Lowry's dystopian young adult novel succumbs to the very mindset it warns against.

'The Expendables 3': Here We Go Again...Again

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 11, 2014 2:40 PM
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  • 2 Comments
The appeal of sticking every '80s action icon in the same movie has officially worn out.

Sleeper of the Week: 'The Dog'

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 8, 2014 3:57 PM
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"The Dog"
See the story that inspired Sidney Lumet's "Dog Day Afternoon."