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The Personal Side of 'Life Itself' Reviews

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 3, 2014 4:54 PM
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  • 1 Comment
When critics write about "Life Itself," they're writing about how Roger Ebert inspired them, befriended them, and taught them how to live.

Rex Reed Still Hates Melissa McCarthy, Fat People

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 3, 2014 2:46 PM
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  • 17 Comments
The critic, who called McCarthy a "hippo" in his "Identity Thief" review, says he gave her new movie the benefit of the doubt. We disagree.

Move Over, 'Transformers': Your Fourth of July Blockbuster Is 'Snowpiercer'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 3, 2014 1:46 PM
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  • 3 Comments
Don't see this post-apocalyptic action movie because it needs your support. See it because it's great.

Melissa McCarthy's 'Tammy' Is Likable, and Not Much Else

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 1, 2014 3:55 PM
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  • 0 Comments
Melissa McCarthy calls in some impressive favors, but her star vehicle never gets out of second gear.

First Reviews: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 30, 2014 12:22 PM
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  • 1 Comment
The sequel to "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" hits it out of the stadium and into the park.

'Transformers: Age of Extinction' May Be a New, Terrible Kind of Cinema

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 26, 2014 4:07 PM
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  • 11 Comments
Why do aliens who can change into any shape use weapons that looks like guns and swords? Because shut up, that's why.

Spike Lee Cuts Deep With 'Da Sweet Blood of Jesus'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 23, 2014 11:38 AM
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  • 0 Comments
Spike Lee goes all-in with his Kickstarter-financed horror movie about "blood addiction."
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First Reviews of 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 22, 2014 12:23 PM
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  • 7 Comments
The Transformers franchise quasi-reboot is big and loud and gets the job done.

Reviews for Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 3D 'T.S. Spivet' Go In Two Very Different Directions

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 13, 2014 2:20 PM
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  • 1 Comment
The director of "Amelie" does wondrous things with 3D. But his new movie doesn't round out its characters.

The Meta-Homophobia of '22 Jump Street'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 11, 2014 3:41 PM
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  • 9 Comments
"22 Jump Street" is full of jokes about buddy comedies' reliance on gay-panic jokes. Maybe it should just drop the whole thing.