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Why Breaking Down Trailers — Like the One for Nicholas Sparks' 'The Best of Me' — Is More Useful Than Describing Them

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 11, 2014 3:42 PM
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There's surely more than one way to preface a trailer, but Film School Rejects might have found the best way.

Matt Zoller Seitz and Roger Ebert, and Other Highlights from His Appearance on 'Employee of the Month'

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • August 8, 2014 2:02 PM
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Plus: Seitz's response to an Antisemitic Letter to the Editor from his New York Press days, and Seitz sings.

A Pastry-Covered Hammer: Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 17, 2014 3:38 PM
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Critics praise the beautiful surface of Wes Anderson's latest, but miss the steel beneath it.

Criticwire Survey: Background Research

  • March 17, 2014 8:57 AM
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How much research do critics have to do? Can you review "The Veronica Mars Movie" without seeing "Veronica Mars"?

Survey: The Best of Wes

  • March 10, 2014 8:11 AM
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Critics pick their favorite Wes Anderson movies, and struggle to call any his worst.

"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?

The GIF Budapest Hotel: Wes Anderson's Stylistic Building Blocks

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 5, 2014 9:25 AM
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Breaking down Wes Anderson's favorite devices, one GIF at a time.

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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Critics who saw open the Berlinale say it just might be.

Criticwire Survey: Cultural Gift Guide

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 25, 2013 8:56 AM
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What are Criticwire's members giving this year?

A History of Movie Trailers Reveals How Filmmakers Have Made Marketing Part of Their Art

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 28, 2013 2:53 PM
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Surveying 80 years of movie trailers, it's clear that the best directors have made advance advertising a part of their art.