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Did Kerry Washington's 'SNL' Stint Help Solve the Show's Race Problem, or Just Expose It?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 4, 2013 3:38 PM
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  • 4 Comments
'Saturday Night Live' took the bull by the horns by opening with a sketch owning up to the show's lack of black female cast members. But does that make a difference?

Today on Letterboxd: '12 Years a Slave' Criticism and Crazy 'Counselor' Theories

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 31, 2013 3:19 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Time Out New York's Keith Uhlich and The Cinephiliacs' Peter Labuza are among the many critics who use the site as a public journal.

Is the Rise of Recaps Keeping TV Critics From Thinking Big?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 30, 2013 4:56 PM
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  • 3 Comments
A writer argues that episode-driven reviews limit their audiences and inhibit the discussion. Sam Adams disagrees.

A History of Movie Trailers Reveals How Filmmakers Have Made Marketing Part of Their Art

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 28, 2013 2:53 PM
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Surveying 80 years of movie trailers, it's clear that the best directors have made advance advertising a part of their art.

REMINDER: Applications For Indiewire | Sundance Institute Fellowship For Film Criticism Due Thursday! Plus: Your Application Questions Answered

  • By Eric Kohn
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  • October 28, 2013 12:31 PM
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  • 6 Comments
Since the initial call for applications at the beginning of this month, several would-applicants have written us with questions about their qualifications. Here are a few important pointers.

'The Good Wife's "Hitting the Fan" Pays Off Long-Running Conflicts and Starts New Ones

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 27, 2013 10:04 PM
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As Julianna Margulies' lawyer starts her own firm, 'The Good Wife' shows why it's one of the best shows on TV.

Cage Match: 'The Counselor'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 25, 2013 4:12 PM
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Two Sunshine State critics square off over the Michael Fassbender thriller, which is either "sleekly savage" or "silly, affected [and] self-important."

Is 'Bad Grandpa' "the Anti-'Borat'"?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 25, 2013 10:46 AM
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  • 2 Comments
The 'Jackass' crew's hidden-camera feature makes a pointed contrast with Sasha Baron Cohen's, which depending who you ask is either a good or a bad thing.

'Trophy Wife': The Hit Show No One's Watching

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 23, 2013 2:18 PM
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ABC's 'Trophy Wife' has the rave reviews to make it a hit show, but audiences aren't catching on.
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Blank Generations: 'Last of the Unjust' and 'The Missing Picture' Reconstruct Genocide's History

  • October 22, 2013 3:00 PM
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A victim of the Khmer Rouge and a Holocaust historian bring the past into the present.