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Variety's Claudia Eller on Why the Veteran Pub is Adding Critics When Others Are Cutting Back

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 30, 2013 11:37 AM
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The veteran movie-industry publication's film editor, Claudia Eller, explains why they're beefing up their critics' ranks when others are cutting back.

Do Critics Understand Documentaries?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 29, 2013 10:58 AM
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At a panel from the True/False Film Festival, critics weigh in on whether film criticism has kept pace with the steady growth of documentary film.

Cinema in the Round: The World's First 270-Degree Movie

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 28, 2013 4:31 PM
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A new format called ScreenX promises images that envelop viewers on all sides. But how easy is it to watch?

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.

Is 'Bad Grandpa' "the Anti-'Borat'"?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 25, 2013 10:46 AM
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The 'Jackass' crew's hidden-camera feature makes a pointed contrast with Sasha Baron Cohen's, which depending who you ask is either a good or a bad thing.

Should Teenagers See 'Blue Is the Warmest Color'? A.O. Scott's Has, Twice.

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 24, 2013 11:26 AM
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New York Times critic A.O. Scott calms the controversy by revealing his teenage daughter has seen the sexually explicit coming-of-age movie. Twice.

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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Rather than a nebulous "national conversation," '12 Years a Slave' sparks a discussion about racial bias built into the machinery of filmmaking itself.

'No Eulogies' Resurrects 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 18, 2013 4:51 PM
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'No Eulogies' aims to make Andrew Dominik's Brad Pitt-starring 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford' a repertory staple.

'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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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.

New York Film Critics Circle Adds Four, Including Indiewire's Eric Kohn

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 16, 2013 1:48 PM
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Graham Fuller, Rafer Guzman and Farran Smith Nehme also join the storied critics' organization's ranks.