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Martin Scorsese and the Male Gaze

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 12, 2014 11:20 AM
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  • 9 Comments
Does 'The Wolf of Wall Street' prolong Scorsese's habit of objectifying women? Or is that not the question we should be asking?

'This Is Spinal Tap' at 30: This Tragedy Goes to 11

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 11, 2014 10:21 AM
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As the mockumentary classic hits three decades, revisiting the tragedy underneath its comedy, and the triumph underneath that.

The Great 'LEGO Movie' Debate. Yes, Really.

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 10, 2014 1:18 PM
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  • 1 Comment
The year's best-reviewed wide release is also generating its most provocative discussions.

Reviews of Bong Joon-ho's Uncut 'Snowpiercer' Hail a Masterpiece, Or Part of One

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 9, 2014 11:01 AM
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  • 2 Comments
Bong Joon-ho's embattled English-language debut finally meets the English-speaking press, who find that even its uncut version feels incomplete.

Why 'The LEGO Movie' Is the First Animated Film About Remix Culture

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 7, 2014 12:13 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Critics struggle to top each other with praise for Lord & Miller's block-buster. But do they know it's about remix culture?

The Seekers: Sundance's Protags Find the Journey Is Its Own Reward

  • By Carlos Aguilar
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  • February 6, 2014 4:13 PM
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  • 0 Comments
In 'The Voices,' 'Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter,' 'Listen Up Philip' and 'Whiplash,' enlightenment comes along the way.

Could 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Be Wes Anderson's Best?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 6, 2014 3:35 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Critics who saw open the Berlinale say it just might be.

First Reviews of 'RoboCop' Find Surprising Depth in Previously Unwanted Remake

  • By Sam Adams
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  • February 5, 2014 1:33 PM
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  • 7 Comments
Most everyone thought remaking Paul Verhoven's classic was a terrible idea. But the first reviews suggest... maybe it wasn't?

'God Help the Girl' Hits the High Notes While 'Song One' Falls Flat

  • By Mary Sollosi
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  • February 4, 2014 2:56 PM
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Stuart Murdoch makes a charming musical about mental instability; Anne Hathaway keeps her singing voice to herself.

'Charlie Victor Romeo' and the Poetry of Plane Crashes

  • By Sam Adams
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  • January 31, 2014 2:14 PM
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Watching the movie whose dialogue come from the black boxes of downed planes is like confronting your own death, but in a good way.