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With 'The Babadook' and 'Frank,' Sundance Launches Thrilling New Talents

  • By Sam Adams
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  • January 18, 2014 6:33 PM
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In the space of five hours, Sundance 2014 went from a good festival to a great one.

How 'Los Angeles Plays Itself' and 'The Act of Killing' Find the Truth Through Movies

  • By Sam Adams
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  • January 10, 2014 2:10 PM
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  • 0 Comments
Two documentaries explore how we find ourselves through watching movies, and making them.

The 'Wolf of Wall Street' Debate in a Single Tweet

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 30, 2013 2:11 PM
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  • 11 Comments
Many great words have been written about Martin Scorsese's epic of debauchery, but it only takes 140 characters to sum them up.

'Frozen' Doesn't Treat Its Audience Like Children. Good.

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 30, 2013 12:26 PM
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  • 15 Comments
Some critics are concerned the Disney movie may be too sophisticated or unsettling for children. They are wrong.

How Ebert Chose His Top 10

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 26, 2013 9:40 AM
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  • 3 Comments
The late critic's wife, Chaz, writes about how Roger chose his annual list, and suggests some films that might have been on it this year.

Beyond "Documentary": The Year in Cinematic Nonfiction

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 24, 2013 10:42 AM
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  • 1 Comment
Robert Greene's Sight & Sound overview pushes the definition of documentary, leaving plenty to get excited about in 2014.
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Real Life Hasn't Punished Jordan Belfort. Why Should 'The Wolf of Wall Street'?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 23, 2013 2:27 PM
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  • 25 Comments
Critics who decry the film's decadent spectacle need to admit its appeal.

'Her': The OS as Digital Deity

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 20, 2013 3:19 PM
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  • 0 Comments
Can Spike Jonze's techo-romantic fable be read in spiritual terms as well?

'Inside Llewyn Davis' Isn't About Failure. It's About Depression.

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 19, 2013 3:56 PM
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  • 3 Comments
The Coens' story of a folksinger circling the drain is a depressive 'Groundhog Day.'

Manohla Dargis on 'Her': Wrong on Pants, Wrong for America

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 18, 2013 11:28 AM
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  • 2 Comments
There will be time to debate the merits of Spike Jonze's futuristic love story. But for now, let's talk about those pants.

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