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Do Summer Movies Suffer From Multiple Climax Syndrome?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 12, 2013 3:41 PM
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  • 4 Comments
Summer blockbusters keep getting bigger, but is there a better way?

Is 'Orange Is the New Black' the Year's Best New Show?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 11, 2013 1:09 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Is this women-in-prison series the year's best new show?

Rex Reed Still World's Worst Film Critic

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 10, 2013 10:22 AM
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  • 32 Comments
The movie reviews of Rex Reed inspire fierce debate: Questions like, Is he the worst critic alive, or the worst critic in history? Is he a terrible writer, or a terrible person who happens to write? Is he a a greater waste of column inches or oxygen?

Channel Guide: The Bridge

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 10, 2013 9:00 AM
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  • 0 Comments
Reviews of FX's The Bridge are (near-)united in praise for Demian Bechir's performance and for the show's exploration of its border territory.

Forbidden Rolling Stones Documentary Makes Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll Look Like a Drag

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 9, 2013 12:44 PM
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  • 0 Comments
With the Rolling Stones scouring their vaults and releasing every alternate mix and scrap of arcana as a high-priced collector's item, it's hard to believe there's anything left unissued. But as Jack Hamilton writes at Slate, there's one piece of Stones history that remains resolutely off-limits: Robert Frank's 1972 documentary Cocksucker Blues, which Hamilton calls "the most famous rock-and-roll movie that barely anyone has ever seen, the lost chord of the World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band."

Channel Guide: Gasland Part II

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 8, 2013 3:50 PM
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  • 0 Comments
Is Josh Fox's sequel to Gasland worth tuning in?

Does It Matter If Women Make Superhero Movies?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 8, 2013 3:15 PM
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  • 6 Comments
Would women making superhero movies change Hollywood? Or would it change them?

Critics Battle Over 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 8, 2013 11:27 AM
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  • 3 Comments

Ways of Seeing: A Guide to Jem Cohen's 'Museum Hours'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 5, 2013 4:44 PM
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  • 3 Comments
Jem Cohen's Museum Hours, which just joined the ranks of Criticwire's highest-ranked 2013 films, gets its first theatrical run outside of New York this weekend, and will be expanding across the country through August and September. While transparency requires I divulge that my own review of the film was more lukewarm than Criticwire's collective take, it's definitely an intriguing film that touches on fascinating issues about the way art shapes our understanding of the world -- not how life imitates art, or vice-versa, but how the two are inextricably bound together.

Why The Lone Ranger's Anachronisms Make Its History Lessons Hard to Swallow

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 5, 2013 2:32 PM
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  • 8 Comments
There's an old joke, apparently drawn from a 1958 issue of MAD magazine, that goes something like this: The Lone Ranger and Tonto are riding across the plains when they see a group of Indians in full warpaint galloping toward them, tomahawks at the ready. The Lone Ranger digs in his heels and says to his faithful companion, "Well, Tonto old friend, looks like they've got us surrounded." Tonto replies, "What do you mean 'we,' white man?"

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