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How Ebert Chose His Top 10

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 26, 2013 9:40 AM
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  • 3 Comments
The late critic's wife, Chaz, writes about how Roger chose his annual list, and suggests some films that might have been on it this year.

Beyond "Documentary": The Year in Cinematic Nonfiction

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 24, 2013 10:42 AM
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  • 1 Comment
Robert Greene's Sight & Sound overview pushes the definition of documentary, leaving plenty to get excited about in 2014.
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Real Life Hasn't Punished Jordan Belfort. Why Should 'The Wolf of Wall Street'?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 23, 2013 2:27 PM
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  • 27 Comments
Critics who decry the film's decadent spectacle need to admit its appeal.

'Her': The OS as Digital Deity

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 20, 2013 3:19 PM
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  • 0 Comments
Can Spike Jonze's techo-romantic fable be read in spiritual terms as well?

'Inside Llewyn Davis' Isn't About Failure. It's About Depression.

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 19, 2013 3:56 PM
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  • 3 Comments
The Coens' story of a folksinger circling the drain is a depressive 'Groundhog Day.'

Manohla Dargis on 'Her': Wrong on Pants, Wrong for America

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 18, 2013 11:28 AM
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  • 2 Comments
There will be time to debate the merits of Spike Jonze's futuristic love story. But for now, let's talk about those pants.

"The Dead Hand of Walt Disney": Harlan Ellison Reviews 'Saving Mr. Banks'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 17, 2013 5:26 PM
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  • 31 Comments
The author and lifelong Disney fan saw the Tom Hanks/Emma Thompson production, and he was not charmed.

Who Doesn't Love 'Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas'? Nearly Everyone

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 13, 2013 4:31 PM
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  • 0 Comments
Critics are never fond of Tyler Perry, but they really hate 'A Madea Christmas'

Why the "Imbecilic But Gorgeous" 'Spring Breakers' Is the Movie of the Year

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 13, 2013 1:00 PM
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  • 22 Comments
In The American Prospect, critic Tom Carson says Harmony Korine's film is "imbecilic but gorgeous," like the country it represents.

VODetails: 'Some Velvet Morning' is a Prime Addition to Your Year-End Watch List

  • By Steve Greene
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  • December 13, 2013 10:05 AM
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The latest film from writer-director-playwright Neil LaBute is a showcase for some bleak comedic writing and a pair of complex performances. But is it worth your VODollars?