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'Breaking Bad' and the Power of Vanity

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 24, 2013 3:05 PM
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  • 1 Comment
It's not enough for Walter White to win. He has to be seen.

'The Wolverine,' Post-Credits Scenes, and How Comic Books Have Changed Movie Storytelling

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 24, 2013 10:07 AM
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  • 3 Comments
How comic-book movies went from apologizing to newcomers to making them feel left out.

VODetails: 'Moon Man,' A Charming, Offbeat Adaptation of Tomi Ungerer's Children's Classic

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 23, 2013 4:27 PM
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A Charming, Offbeat Adaptation of Tomi Ungerer's Children's Classic

Defending 'Sex and the City'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 23, 2013 10:51 AM
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  • 3 Comments
The New Yorker's Emily Nussbaum offers full-throated and awfully convincing defense of Sex and the City, a show who's greatness, she argues, has been eclipsed by the redefinition of quality TV in the post-Sopranos era.
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Cage Match: 'Only God Forgives'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 19, 2013 4:08 PM
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Nicholas Winding Refn's 'Only God Forgives'

'The Conjuring,' 'Beneath' and the Triumph of Old-School Horror

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 19, 2013 3:18 PM
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Without effects or gimmicks, two movies get scares the old-fashioned way.

Barbed Wire: 'R.I.P.D.'

  • By Steve Greene
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  • July 19, 2013 12:56 PM
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RIPD, Ryan Reynolds
"A half-hour into the film, and it feels like the eighth day of jury duty."

Early Feedback on Woody Allen's Latest: 'Blue Jasmine' is the Cate Blanchett Show

  • By Steve Greene
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  • July 18, 2013 2:10 PM
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Blue Jasmine
Break out the happy clarinets! Critics are mostly in agreement that this is one of Allen's best in a while.

Roger Ebert Reviews 'Computer Chess' From the Great Beyond

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 18, 2013 9:47 AM
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It's more been than three months since Roger Ebert passed away, but he's still filing copy from the great beyond. Ebert's site leads this morning with a previously unpublished review of Andrew Bujalski's Computer Chess, and the site's new editor, Matt Zoller Seitz, tells Criticwire there are more to come.

First Reviews of 'The Wolverine'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 17, 2013 12:17 PM
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  • 1 Comment
The first-reviews of The Wolverine, which sends Hugh Jackman's adamantine-clawed X-Man to Japan -- apparently to get as far away from X-Men Origins: Wolverine as possible -- have started to trickle in, and if you were hoping for a movie that's slightly better than the first Wolverine movie but not as good as the better X-Men films, you're apparently in luck. Mixed-to-negative takes outnumber the few positive ones, but both sides seem to agree that The Wolverine is a departure from recent comic-book movies, though they split on whether this represents a welcome change of pace or a regression to the bad old days.