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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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  • 0 Comments
A panel assembled by the review-aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes fostered antagonism rather than discussion.

Kristin Thompson Says 'Gravity' Is Better Than '2001' and 'Napoleon'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 7, 2013 12:51 PM
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  • 5 Comments
The great film theorist says Alfonso Cuaron elegantly balances avant-garde aesthetics and Hollywood classicism.

Do Christian Films Like 'Blood Brother' Face Heightened Scrutiny?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 7, 2013 11:00 AM
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  • 19 Comments
Does 'Blood Brother' dissemble about its director's faith? Or does that faith place an unfair burden on the film?

'The Wind Rises,' The Oscar Race, and Movie-Jounalist Stockholm Syndrome

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 6, 2013 11:00 AM
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  • 3 Comments
A New York Times article on "complaints" about Hayao Miyazaki's final film shows the way journalists who cover the movie industry internalize its values

Sweden Introduces Female-Focused Movie Ratings

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 6, 2013 9:57 AM
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  • 3 Comments
Instead of violence or profanity, a new system in Sweden rates moves according to whether female characters talk about something other than men.

Steven Soderbergh's Favorite James Bond Movie

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 4, 2013 4:20 PM
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  • 7 Comments
Everyone's a critic, and that includes Steven Soderbergh on James Bond, David Cronenberg on Stanley Kubrick and William Friedkin on Terrence Malick.

Because I Got High: J. Hoberman on Getting Stoned at the Movies

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 1, 2013 5:15 PM
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  • 3 Comments
The veteran critic weighs in on what drugs do to the cinematic experience.

The Secret Life of A.O. Scott

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 1, 2013 3:07 PM
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  • 0 Comments
Where does the New York Times critic like to sit? Does he enjoy popcorn? The answers, at last, revealed.

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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  • 1 Comment
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.

Is the Rise of Recaps Keeping TV Critics From Thinking Big?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 30, 2013 4:56 PM
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  • 3 Comments
A writer argues that episode-driven reviews limit their audiences and inhibit the discussion. Sam Adams disagrees.