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"The Dead Hand of Walt Disney": Harlan Ellison Reviews 'Saving Mr. Banks'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 17, 2013 5:26 PM
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  • 31 Comments
The author and lifelong Disney fan saw the Tom Hanks/Emma Thompson production, and he was not charmed.

Who Doesn't Love 'Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas'? Nearly Everyone

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 13, 2013 4:31 PM
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  • 0 Comments
Critics are never fond of Tyler Perry, but they really hate 'A Madea Christmas'

Why the "Imbecilic But Gorgeous" 'Spring Breakers' Is the Movie of the Year

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 13, 2013 1:00 PM
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  • 22 Comments
In The American Prospect, critic Tom Carson says Harmony Korine's film is "imbecilic but gorgeous," like the country it represents.

VODetails: 'Some Velvet Morning' is a Prime Addition to Your Year-End Watch List

  • By Steve Greene
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  • December 13, 2013 10:05 AM
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  • 0 Comments
The latest film from writer-director-playwright Neil LaBute is a showcase for some bleak comedic writing and a pair of complex performances. But is it worth your VODollars?

Debate Actually: Battle Lines Drawn for 'Love Actually' Showdown

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 12, 2013 12:25 PM
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  • 1 Comment
The bloody battle royale is set for 1 p.m. Eastern.

On Hayao Miyazaki's "Disgraceful" 'The Wind Rises'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 12, 2013 9:56 AM
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  • 5 Comments
Critic Inkoo Kang accuses the Japanese animation master of whitewashing war crimes in his final film.

First Reviews for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' Hail a Big Improvement

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 7, 2013 10:07 AM
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  • 2 Comments
Initial notices for the sequel to 'An Unexpected Journey' say it's far superior to its little-loved predecessor.

The Great Snark-Smarm War Has Begun

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 5, 2013 3:18 PM
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  • 3 Comments
Gawker's Tom Scocca draws the battle lines. Which side are you on?

Entertainment Weekly's Critics Agree on '12 Years a Slave,' 'Before Midnight,' 'Fruitvale Station'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 5, 2013 10:19 AM
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  • 2 Comments
The magazine has released the top four films and TV shows from its critics in advance of this week's Best-Of issue.

Is the Music in Robert Altman's 'Nashville' Its Strength or Its Achilles' Heel?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 4, 2013 3:58 PM
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  • 2 Comments
Reconsidering the ersatz country of Altman's best-loved film.

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