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'12 Years a Slave' Dissenters Raise Questions Worth Answering

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 18, 2013 12:25 PM
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  • 11 Comments
Steve McQueen's brutal, unsparing look at American slavery has met with near-universal acclaim, but the critics who find fault with it ask questions worth answering.

Why I'm a (James) Franco-phile

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 17, 2013 4:53 PM
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  • 2 Comments
Sure, he's a pretentious dilettante. But the world is a more interesting place with James Franco, Multimedia Spectacular, in it.

Running With the Pack: Portraits of Gay Life in 'The Dog' and 'Fifi Howls From Happiness'

  • By Judith Dry
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  • October 17, 2013 3:19 PM
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'The Dog' and 'Fifi Howls From Happiness' present portraits of very different gay lives.

Dog Day Afternoons: Under Siege in 'Alan Partridge' and 'The Dog'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • October 17, 2013 12:44 PM
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'Alan Partridge' and 'The Dog' reflect on Sidney Lumet's '70s classic and its real-life inspiration.

'Blue Is the Warmest Color's Lesbian Sex Scenes Are Hot But Boring

  • By Judith Dry
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  • October 16, 2013 12:41 PM
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  • 10 Comments
The controversial lesbian love scenes in 'Blue Is the Warmest Color' are authentic but don't add much to the story.

Bryan Singer Donates $5 Million For USC's Bryan Singer Division of Critical Studies

  • By Eric Kohn
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  • October 15, 2013 4:47 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Bryan Singer has donated $5 million to USC's Critical Studies division. What course would he teach? The director has one idea.

For 'The Walking Dead,' "30 Days Without an Accident," and Much Longer Without Real Change

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 13, 2013 10:06 PM
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  • 4 Comments
The show's fourth-season premiere introduces a new threat, but leaves its audience feeling far too safe.
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The Act We Act: Art and Performance in 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' and 'Exhibition'

  • October 11, 2013 4:25 PM
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Ben Stiller's 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' and Joanna Hogg's 'Exhibition' explore the crossover between performance and life.

A Lifelong Disneyland Fan Takes on Disneyworld Dystopia 'Escape From Tomorrow'

  • By Scott Renshaw
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  • October 11, 2013 9:47 AM
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  • 1 Comment
Critic Scott Renshaw has been going to Disneyland since childhood, but for him Randy Moore's dystopian 'Escape From Tomorrow' is less an attack on the Mouse House than on "the way people do Disneyland wrong, as a metaphor for the way they do life wrong."

'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.