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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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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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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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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?"

The Lone Ranger's Lonely Defenders: Critics Ride to the Maligned Blockbuster's Rescue

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 5, 2013 10:50 AM
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The reviews for The Lone Ranger are in, and by and large they're pretty dire: Criticwire's C average is the only place the movie musters a passing grade. But a small handful of prominent critics have made a strong case for the movie's virtues, going so far as to suggest that those who pounced on the film this week will be eating their words in the not-too-distant future.

Silver Bullets: Critics Take Their Best Shots at The Lone Ranger

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 3, 2013 3:58 PM
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Some movies critics dislike. Others, like The Lone Ranger, make them mad.

Farewell My Criticwire

  • By Matt Singer
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  • July 3, 2013 9:00 AM
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Your first -- but not last -- Criticwire editor bids farewell and introduces you to his successor.

Criticwire Picks: 'Sun Don't Shine' Appeals to All of Critics' Five Senses

  • By Steve Greene
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  • April 26, 2013 12:10 PM
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Can you feel a movie? Not really, but critics explain why Amy Seimetz' debut film brings you about as close as you can get.