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Focusing on Killers Doesn't Make "The Act of Killing" "Snuff"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 25, 2014 1:09 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Critics complain Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary ignores the victims of Indonesian mass murder. That's because its goal is to prevent there being more of them.

'Pompeii' Is Old-Fashioned Fun

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 21, 2014 12:08 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Rain of CGI fire notwithstanding, Paul W.S. Anderson's last-days adventure is a deliberate throwback.

'Blind' Takes Us Inside the Mind's Eye of a Sightless Woman

  • By Kyle Burton
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  • February 20, 2014 3:56 PM
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Eskil Vogt's drama, which wowed critics at Sundance and in Berlin, creates a dreamed-up world so steeped in realism that its greatest trick is making us suspect trickery.

How One of Sundance's Best Documentaries Got Lost in the Crowd

  • By Robert Cameron Fowler
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  • February 19, 2014 2:15 PM
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The Arab Spring documentary 'We Are the Giant' was one of the best films at Sundance. Too bad almost no one saw it.

The Scrambled Sexuality of 'Frozen's "Let It Go"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 17, 2014 2:55 PM
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  • 32 Comments
Does the "magical makeover" in the Disney hit's big number sexualize its heroine? Maybe. Is that bad?
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Valentine's Day Massacre: The Worst Reviews of This Week's New Movies

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 14, 2014 3:54 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Lots of would-be romances opening this weekend, but you're better off staying in bed.

'Obvious Child': Abortion Is Hard, But the Material's Hilarious

  • By Emma Myers
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  • February 14, 2014 11:41 AM
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  • 2 Comments
In the Sundance hit, Jenny Slate's stand-up comedian finds terminating an unplanned pregnancy leads to some great jokes.

Is the 'Woman's Picture' Dead? Not So Fast.

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • February 14, 2014 10:57 AM
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Female-directed and -oriented cinema is just fine, but its form(s) change faster than some can keep up.

Critics Still Like 'House of Cards'; They Just Don't Take It Seriously.

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 13, 2014 9:59 AM
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  • 1 Comment
The biggest difference between reviews of 'House of Cards' second season and its first is that critics are liberated from having to treat the once-touted show as quality product.

'The Counselor's Extended Cut Is Inspired Madness

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 12, 2014 3:54 PM
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  • 6 Comments
A longer version of a movie many couldn't sit through may seem crazy. But this is the diseased neo-noir 'The Counselor' was meant to be.