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Is Watching Movies Too Hard, or Are Audiences Getting Soft?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • April 2, 2014 3:51 PM
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  • 10 Comments
There's too much talk about what we demand from movies, and not enough about what they demand from us.

A New Way of Looking at '12 Years a Slave': Through Its Music

  • November 15, 2013 1:50 PM
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A pop critic and a music scholar examine how the much-lauded movie explores the history of black music, and whether its score simplifies its complex emotions.

Does 'Dallas Buyers Club's Exceptional Protagonist Distort History?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 8, 2013 4:31 PM
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  • 3 Comments
'Dallas Buyers Club' takes criticism for representing the AIDS crisis through a straight protagonist.

Ketchup Flies at Comic-Con as Rotten Tomatoes Pits Critics Against Fans

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 8, 2013 2:22 PM
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A panel assembled by the review-aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes fostered antagonism rather than discussion.

Today on Letterboxd: '12 Years a Slave' Criticism and Crazy 'Counselor' Theories

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 31, 2013 3:19 PM
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Time Out New York's Keith Uhlich and The Cinephiliacs' Peter Labuza are among the many critics who use the site as a public journal.

Why Discussing '12 Years a Slave's Cinematography Is Better Than a "Conversation on Race"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 21, 2013 1:51 PM
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  • 2 Comments
Rather than a nebulous "national conversation," '12 Years a Slave' sparks a discussion about racial bias built into the machinery of filmmaking 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.