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The Great Snark-Smarm War Has Begun

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 5, 2013 3:18 PM
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  • 3 Comments
Gawker's Tom Scocca draws the battle lines. Which side are you on?

Entertainment Weekly's Critics Agree on '12 Years a Slave,' 'Before Midnight,' 'Fruitvale Station'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 5, 2013 10:19 AM
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  • 2 Comments
The magazine has released the top four films and TV shows from its critics in advance of this week's Best-Of issue.

Is the Music in Robert Altman's 'Nashville' Its Strength or Its Achilles' Heel?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 4, 2013 3:58 PM
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  • 3 Comments
Reconsidering the ersatz country of Altman's best-loved film.

The 'Frozen' Short 'Get a Horse!' Insults the Disney History It Intends to Homage

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 29, 2013 10:16 AM
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  • 70 Comments
Breaking out of 2D black-and-white to 3D color, the short attached to Disney's 'Frozen' is the Poochie of Oscar contenders.

Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Doesn't Measure Up to Park Chan-wook's

  • By Steve Greene
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  • November 27, 2013 1:46 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Spike Lee's latest film owes much to its 2003 predecessor, and that level of adaptation is an inescapable part of the reviews that hit the web yesterday.

Ahab Hoberman Throws His Latest Barb at the Coen Brothers

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 25, 2013 3:20 PM
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  • 13 Comments
J. Hoberman is one of the finest working critics, but when it comes to Joel and Ethan Coen, he's too mad to see straight.

How Do You Turn Someone On To Classic Film?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 25, 2013 1:56 PM
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  • 3 Comments
Tips on converting newbies from the Self-Styled Siren and her posse.

Hell Hath No 'Fury': New York Times Admits Other Countries Have DVDs Too

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 22, 2013 4:29 PM
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  • 0 Comments
In a guest column, Glenn Kenny compares the U.S. and U.K. versions of Brian De Palma's 'The Fury'

The Revolutionary Style of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 22, 2013 3:38 PM
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  • 1 Comment
In 'The Hunger Games' much-improved sequel, the seeds of rebellion are sown through fashion.

Who Will Save the Midwest From Alexander Payne?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 15, 2013 4:18 PM
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  • 3 Comments
Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska' revives the perennial charges that the Omaha native holds the Midwest in contempt -- nearly always leveled by critics from the coasts.