Criticwire

Crowdfunding Campaign Offers Early Look at Roger Ebert Documentary 'Life Itself'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 21, 2013 10:36 AM
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The Roger Ebert documentary directed by 'Hoop Dreams's Steve James reaches out for finishing funds, with a pre-theatrical look at the finished film as a reward.

'Gravity's Companion Short, 'Aningaaq,' Finally Hits the Web

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 20, 2013 12:23 PM
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  • 4 Comments
Warner Bros. was planning to save Jonas Cuaron's short for 'Gravity's Blu-ray, but with short-film Oscar prospects heating up, it's gone public at last.

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.

CinemaScore F-estival Honors Great Movies "Real People" Hate

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 15, 2013 10:27 AM
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  • 5 Comments
Only eight movies have earned an F from the audience-rating service. That's as good a reason as any to see them.

Time Out New York Lays Off Film Editor David Fear

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 14, 2013 10:09 AM
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  • 3 Comments
The magazine, which has published in New York since 1995, eliminated six positions in an attempt to "leverage global efficiencies."

Lena Dunham's Twitter Feed Becomes a Symposium on Lily Allen's "Hard Out Here"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 13, 2013 3:28 PM
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  • 5 Comments
Commentators rushed to weigh in on Lily Allen's video, which takes shots at Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke, but some of the smartest observations came from Dunham's followers.

Does It Matter If the Bechdel Test "Fails" Feminist Films?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 13, 2013 11:02 AM
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Swedish theaters' decisions to rate movies according to the female-focused metric revives the debate over how to measure the presence of women in film.

'Blood Brother's Director Responds to Questions About His Documentary's Openness

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 12, 2013 2:05 PM
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In an open letter, Steve Hoover answers the charge that his Sundance-winning documentary obscured his Christian faith.

New York Times DVD Column Goes to J. Hoberman

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 12, 2013 11:27 AM
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The longtime Village Voice critic will fill Dave Kehr's position beginning in 2014.

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.

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