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'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

  • By Greg Cwik
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  • 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.

Was 'Breaking Bad's Finale Too "Tidy"?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • September 30, 2013 2:53 PM
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Reaction to 'Breaking Bad's finale episode splits between those who found it satisfying and those who found it a little too much so.

With "Felina," 'Breaking Bad' Goes Out With a Bang, or Several

  • By Sam Adams
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  • September 30, 2013 12:06 PM
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The series about a meth-dealing chemistry teacher comes to a thoroughly satisfying, if by definition anticlimactic, end.

'Breaking Bad' Watch: In "Granite State" Walt Starts a New Life, But the Old One's Not Done With Him

  • By Sam Adams
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  • September 23, 2013 1:34 PM
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Walt gets a new life in a New Hampshire cabin, but the mess he left behind keeps getting messier.

'Breaking Bad's Infamous Phone Call Becomes a Referendum on the Show and Its Audience

  • By Sam Adams
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  • September 20, 2013 4:28 PM
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In the week since "Ozymandias" aired, interpretations of Walter White's call have become a referendum on the show and its audience.

'The Wizard of Oz' in IMAX 3D: A classic enhanced, or an assault withstood?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • September 20, 2013 12:59 PM
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Does 'The Wizard of Oz's IMAX 3D reissue add new depth to a beloved favorite? Or is the true test of a classic how it withstands changes made to lure new audiences in?

Who Criticizes the Critics? Existimatum, That's Who.

  • By Sam Adams
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  • September 18, 2013 4:58 PM
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A new site grades movies reviewers on their writing, and purports to separate the reliable from the un-.