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Kristin Thompson Says 'Gravity' Is Better Than '2001' and 'Napoleon'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 7, 2013 12:51 PM
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  • 5 Comments
The great film theorist says Alfonso Cuaron elegantly balances avant-garde aesthetics and Hollywood classicism.

Do Christian Films Like 'Blood Brother' Face Heightened Scrutiny?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 7, 2013 11:00 AM
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  • 19 Comments
Does 'Blood Brother' dissemble about its director's faith? Or does that faith place an unfair burden on the film?

'About Time' Sparks a Referendum on the Time-Travel Romance

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 5, 2013 11:18 AM
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  • 1 Comment
Richard Curtis' time-hopping love story has critics ruminating on the history and appeal of time-crossed romances.

Steven Soderbergh's Favorite James Bond Movie

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 4, 2013 4:20 PM
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  • 7 Comments
Everyone's a critic, and that includes Steven Soderbergh on James Bond, David Cronenberg on Stanley Kubrick and William Friedkin on Terrence Malick.

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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  • 0 Comments
As Julianna Margulies' lawyer starts her own firm, 'The Good Wife' shows why it's one of the best shows on TV.