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'Hail Mary,' 'First Name: Carmen' and Jean-Luc Godard's Forgotten '80s

  • October 10, 2013 2:53 PM
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Like many of Godard's best films, 'Hail Mary' and 'First Name: Carmen' were inspired by a woman.

Attention Aspiring Film Critics: Indiewire Could Send You to the Sundance Film Festival Next Year

  • By Eric Kohn
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  • October 10, 2013 2:48 PM
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At Indiewire, we have long believed that claims of film criticism being a profession in decline were misguided. While certainly not the easiest job market (has it ever been?), the desire among young critics to follow their passion hasn't waned.

The Music of Loss: How 'Inside Llewyn Davis' and 'The Wind Rises' Find Beauty in Sorrow

  • October 10, 2013 1:33 PM
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In their new movies, the Coen brothers and Hayao Miyazaki both reflect on the subject of loss.

In 'Jealousy' and 'Bucharest,' Actors' Romances Cause Performance Anxiety

  • October 7, 2013 1:08 PM
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New films from Philippe Garrel and Corneliu Poromboiu wonder whether love is just an act.

'A Touch of Sin,' 'Burning Bush' and the Violent Cost of Change

  • October 4, 2013 4:21 PM
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In Jia Zhang-ke's China and Agniezska Holland's Czechoslovakia, political change comes at a bloody cost.

In Joanna Hogg's 'Exhibition,' Echoes of Mumblecore and David Lynch

  • October 4, 2013 9:10 AM
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The three films in the New York Film Festival's "Emerging Artist: Joanna Hogg" are sometimes mundane, sometimes bizarre, but always feature Tom Hiddleston.

'Gravity's Companion Short Is a Masterpiece As Well. Too Bad You Can't See It.

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 3, 2013 4:03 PM
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A seven-minute short called 'Aningaaq' serves as a worthy companion to the much-lauded 'Gravity,' but apart from the lucky few who saw it at film festivals, most viewers will have to wait for the DVD.

John Goodman: The Coen Brothers' Common Man

  • October 3, 2013 1:47 PM
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With 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' John Goodman adds another chapter to a long collaboration with the Coen brothers.

The A.V. Club's Todd VanDerWerff on the State of TV Criticism

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 2, 2013 12:53 PM
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A.V. Club TV Editor Todd VanDerWerff talks about why he added long-form reviews to the site's well-read recaps, and how TV criticism is changing across the board.

Mark Kermode, 21st Century Film Criticism and the Fruitful Instability of Online Reputations

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 2, 2013 9:21 AM
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Negative reviews get people's attention, but in veteran U.K. critic Mark Kermode's forthcoming book, he argues that critics expose themselves more when they go to bat for a film, and it's the size of the risk -- not the outlet they write for -- that separates critics worth reading from those who aren't.