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The World Is Flat: How 'Elysium's Under-Imagined Dystopia Kills Its Would-Be Allegory

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 13, 2013 12:10 PM
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  • 2 Comments
The under-imagined world of Neil Blomkamp's sci-fi allegory kills any attempt at political commentary.

'Breaking Bad' Watch: In 'Blood Money,' Tempers Flare and Bills Come Due

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 11, 2013 9:43 PM
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Tempers flare and bills come due in the first of the show's final eight-episode run.

Barbed Wire: 'Planes'

  • By Steve Greene
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  • August 9, 2013 1:59 PM
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  • 0 Comments
"I assure you, we won't try anything new. Nothing."

Early Indications Show 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' is a Directorial Readjustment

  • By Steve Greene
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  • August 9, 2013 12:30 PM
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Despite its title, "Lee Daniels' The Butler" doesn't feel like a Lee Daniels film. For some critics, that may actually be a plus.

The Criticwire Pull Quote Matching Game: 'On the Road'

  • By Steve Greene
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  • August 6, 2013 3:00 PM
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Boys and girls in America have such a sad time together, but hopefully this will help.

Cage Match: 'The Canyons'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 2, 2013 12:31 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice and the New York Times' Manhola Dargis go G.L.O.W. over Paul Schrader's lament for a movie town gone to seed, starring one of its seediest products: Lindsay Lohan. Two reviews enter; one review leaves.

Does a CNN Broadcast Turn 'Our Nixon' Into TV?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 1, 2013 3:38 PM
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'Our Nixon,' compiled from home movies taken by the former president's staff, got strong reviews on the festival circuit and is now airing on CNN. Does that change what critics expect from it?
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The 'C-Word' Is Cordial: Edgar Wright, 'The World's End' and the British Censors

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 31, 2013 4:05 PM
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  • 2 Comments
Edgar Wright asked the British Board of Film Classification how many times he could use the c-word without getting an R. The response was thorough.

Barbed Wire: 'The Smurfs 2'

  • By Steve Greene
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  • July 31, 2013 12:12 PM
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What in the name of Oogieloves has happened? Not since the "Big Balloon Adventure" has there been a mainstream children's movie that's inspired this level of bafflement. (Hard to remember the last time a review of a PG-rated movie alluded to "The Last Temptation of Christ," either.) Whether mind-bendingly mediocre or frustratingly sequel-safe, the new movie adaptation featuring the little blue guys has inspired a cacophony of reviews ranging from tepid to downright angry. Bad news: barring an unforeseen level of audience apathy, we're heading for a "Smurfs 3." Good news: if these writers keep their knives sharpened, we'll have more entertaining dispatches like those below from critics who generously see it on our behalf. Because, as the prophetic URL for this movie's official website lets us know, "Smurf happens."

Does Kristen Bell's 'The Lifeguard' Sink or Swim?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 30, 2013 2:01 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Is the story of Kristen Bell as a crisis-plagued reporter going back to her childhood home worth the pre-theatrical rental?

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