Criticwire

Is 'Bad Grandpa' "the Anti-'Borat'"?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 25, 2013 10:46 AM
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The 'Jackass' crew's hidden-camera feature makes a pointed contrast with Sasha Baron Cohen's, which depending who you ask is either a good or a bad thing.

'Trophy Wife': The Hit Show No One's Watching

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 23, 2013 2:18 PM
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  • 3 Comments
ABC's 'Trophy Wife' has the rave reviews to make it a hit show, but audiences aren't catching on.
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Blank Generations: 'Last of the Unjust' and 'The Missing Picture' Reconstruct Genocide's History

  • October 22, 2013 3:00 PM
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A victim of the Khmer Rouge and a Holocaust historian bring the past into the present.

Is Portuguese Cinema in Danger, or Does It Just Reflect a Country in Turmoil?

  • October 22, 2013 1:34 PM
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  • 7 Comments
With Portuguese films circulating in the world's greatest festivals, Vanessa Erazo wonders if it's the nation's cinema is in danger, or the nation itself.

'12 Years a Slave' Dissenters Raise Questions Worth Answering

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 18, 2013 12:25 PM
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  • 11 Comments
Steve McQueen's brutal, unsparing look at American slavery has met with near-universal acclaim, but the critics who find fault with it ask questions worth answering.

Why I'm a (James) Franco-phile

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 17, 2013 4:53 PM
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Sure, he's a pretentious dilettante. But the world is a more interesting place with James Franco, Multimedia Spectacular, in it.

Running With the Pack: Portraits of Gay Life in 'The Dog' and 'Fifi Howls From Happiness'

  • By Judith Dry
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  • October 17, 2013 3:19 PM
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'The Dog' and 'Fifi Howls From Happiness' present portraits of very different gay lives.

Dog Day Afternoons: Under Siege in 'Alan Partridge' and 'The Dog'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • October 17, 2013 12:44 PM
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'Alan Partridge' and 'The Dog' reflect on Sidney Lumet's '70s classic and its real-life inspiration.

'Blue Is the Warmest Color's Lesbian Sex Scenes Are Hot But Boring

  • By Judith Dry
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  • October 16, 2013 12:41 PM
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  • 10 Comments
The controversial lesbian love scenes in 'Blue Is the Warmest Color' are authentic but don't add much to the story.

Bryan Singer Donates $5 Million For USC's Bryan Singer Division of Critical Studies

  • By Eric Kohn
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  • October 15, 2013 4:47 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Bryan Singer has donated $5 million to USC's Critical Studies division. What course would he teach? The director has one idea.

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