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Is "Need For Speed" the Right Kind of Dumb?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 14, 2014 4:31 PM
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Critics agree the Aaron Paul-starring video game adaptation isn't aiming high, but some think it hits the mark.

Little Woman, "Big Men": Rachel Boynton Gets Oil Barons and Audiences to Drop Their Guard

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 13, 2014 3:36 PM
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The story of global capitalists plundering African resources gives its subjects room to breathe, and rope to hang themselves.

"Frozen": A Study in Over-Interpretation

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 13, 2014 12:11 PM
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  • 2 Comments
The people who attack, or praise, "Frozen" for its pro-gay message reveal much more about themselves than about the Oscar-winning animated musical.
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"The Grand Budapest Hotel" Isn't (Just) Wes Anderson's Best Movie: It's a Breakthrough

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 7, 2014 4:00 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Sure, it's got amazing sets and costumes (and fonts). But are you ready for a Wes Anderson movie about fascism?

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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  • 34 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.