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Could 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Be Wes Anderson's Best?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 6, 2014 3:35 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Critics who saw open the Berlinale say it just might be.

First Reviews of 'RoboCop' Find Surprising Depth in Previously Unwanted Remake

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 5, 2014 1:33 PM
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  • 7 Comments
Most everyone thought remaking Paul Verhoven's classic was a terrible idea. But the first reviews suggest... maybe it wasn't?

'God Help the Girl' Hits the High Notes While 'Song One' Falls Flat

  • By Mary Sollosi
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  • February 4, 2014 2:56 PM
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Stuart Murdoch makes a charming musical about mental instability; Anne Hathaway keeps her singing voice to herself.

'Charlie Victor Romeo' and the Poetry of Plane Crashes

  • By Sam Adams
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  • January 31, 2014 2:14 PM
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Watching the movie whose dialogue come from the black boxes of downed planes is like confronting your own death, but in a good way.

The Secret Conservatism of Sundance's Most Controversial Film

  • By Katie Kilkenny
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  • January 31, 2014 10:48 AM
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  • 2 Comments
With its focus on a young woman's orifices, 'Wetlands' got critics' attention, but its tidy wrap-up is oddly comforting.

Fifty Shades of Pie: The Crustiest Takedowns of the Less-Than-Peachy 'Labor Day'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • January 30, 2014 12:35 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Want to savage the Kate Winslet/Josh Brolin romance's heavy-handed symbolism? Use some of your own.

Who Killed The Woman's Picture?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • January 29, 2014 9:41 AM
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  • 10 Comments
Are romantic comedies dying because they're lousy, or because male-driven popular and critical culture ignores them?

Does Nicolas Cage Know What He's Doing?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • January 28, 2014 11:41 AM
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A marathon of Cage's films reveals a method to his madness.

In 'The Voices' and 'Listen Up Philip,' Two Flavors of Sundance Misanthropy

  • By Sam Adams
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  • January 24, 2014 3:36 PM
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  • 3 Comments
In 'Listen Up Philip' and 'The Voices,' Jason Schwartzman is a self-loathing novelist, and Ryan Reynold's cat tells him to kill.

J. Hoberman Opens His New York Times DVD Column With a Shot at The New York Times

  • By Sam Adams
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  • January 24, 2014 11:37 AM
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  • 7 Comments
Lest anyone fear the longtime 'Voice' critic has lost his alt-weekly edge, he uses his review of Tarkovsky's 'Nostalghia' to shoot an arrow at his new employer.

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