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Joe Swanberg Takes Mumblecore Mainstream With 'Drinking Buddies'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 25, 2013 2:23 PM
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Joe Swanberg takes mumblecore mainstream with Olivia Wilde and Anna Kendrick

Did The Lone Ranger Kill the Western, Again?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 25, 2013 12:40 PM
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  • 4 Comments
The Lone Ranger's box office failure once again prompts concern that the Western is dead. But it lives on in other forms, and those forms say as much about history as the traditional Western once did.

'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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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.