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Critics Battle Over 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 8, 2013 11:27 AM
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  • 3 Comments

Ways of Seeing: A Guide to Jem Cohen's 'Museum Hours'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 5, 2013 4:44 PM
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  • 3 Comments
Jem Cohen's Museum Hours, which just joined the ranks of Criticwire's highest-ranked 2013 films, gets its first theatrical run outside of New York this weekend, and will be expanding across the country through August and September. While transparency requires I divulge that my own review of the film was more lukewarm than Criticwire's collective take, it's definitely an intriguing film that touches on fascinating issues about the way art shapes our understanding of the world -- not how life imitates art, or vice-versa, but how the two are inextricably bound together.

Why The Lone Ranger's Anachronisms Make Its History Lessons Hard to Swallow

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 5, 2013 2:32 PM
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  • 8 Comments
There's an old joke, apparently drawn from a 1958 issue of MAD magazine, that goes something like this: The Lone Ranger and Tonto are riding across the plains when they see a group of Indians in full warpaint galloping toward them, tomahawks at the ready. The Lone Ranger digs in his heels and says to his faithful companion, "Well, Tonto old friend, looks like they've got us surrounded." Tonto replies, "What do you mean 'we,' white man?"

The Lone Ranger's Lonely Defenders: Critics Ride to the Maligned Blockbuster's Rescue

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 5, 2013 10:50 AM
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  • 11 Comments
The reviews for The Lone Ranger are in, and by and large they're pretty dire: Criticwire's C average is the only place the movie musters a passing grade. But a small handful of prominent critics have made a strong case for the movie's virtues, going so far as to suggest that those who pounced on the film this week will be eating their words in the not-too-distant future.

Silver Bullets: Critics Take Their Best Shots at The Lone Ranger

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 3, 2013 3:58 PM
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  • 5 Comments
Some movies critics dislike. Others, like The Lone Ranger, make them mad.

Farewell My Criticwire

  • By Matt Singer
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  • July 3, 2013 9:00 AM
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  • 9 Comments
Your first -- but not last -- Criticwire editor bids farewell and introduces you to his successor.

Criticwire Picks: 'Sun Don't Shine' Appeals to All of Critics' Five Senses

  • By Steve Greene
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  • April 26, 2013 12:10 PM
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Can you feel a movie? Not really, but critics explain why Amy Seimetz' debut film brings you about as close as you can get.

Tribeca and Beyond: Criticism From the Indiewire Community

  • By Forrest Cardamenis
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  • April 19, 2013 3:53 PM
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Here's our weekly collection of the film criticism that appeared throughout the Indiewire Blog Network. The latest edition is heavy on "Oblivion" and Tribeca Film Festival opening night selection "Mistaken For Strangers," but also includes a number of other recent or upcoming releases and Tribeca Film Festival reviews.

I Guess I'm Gonna Be The One Guy Who's Not a Big Fan of 'Upstream Color'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • April 4, 2013 11:28 AM
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  • 7 Comments
(Sorry.)

The Criticwire Pull Quote Match Game: 'Killing Them Softly'

  • By Steve Greene
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  • March 27, 2013 10:39 AM
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  • 0 Comments
Can you guess which critic gave the movie what letter grade?