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To Be (Cont'd) Gets Things Started With a Consideration of Summer Blockbusters

  • By Sam Adams
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  • September 4, 2013 12:06 PM
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A new site offers a slow-food approach to criticism, beginning with a consideration of summer blockbusters.

Our Favorite Unconventional Performance Votes From This Year's Indiewire Critics Poll

  • By Steve Greene
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  • December 19, 2012 9:58 AM
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Any end-of-year survey is sure to feature some interesting choices. Out of the over 200 ballots we received this year, here are a handful of our favorites.

The Fine Line Between Ambiguity and Stupidity

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 27, 2012 4:11 PM
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At Vulture, Kyle Buchanan asks an excellent question: "Why can't this summer's movie villains come up with a good plan?" Citing an entire season's slate of films from "The Avengers" to "Snow White and the Huntsman" to "Brave," Buchanan mounts a pretty compelling argument that cinematic baddies -- or at least Hollywood screenwriters -- haven't been making much of an effort lately. Here are some of his thoughts on the flaws in The Witch's plan in "Brave" (which contain SPOILERS for the film):

Weekend Reel Reads: Extending the Film/Digital Debate

  • By Steve Greene
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  • May 20, 2012 5:44 PM
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In this edition, we look at an interview with the British Board of Film Classification, an examination of film/digital among blockbusters, an introduction to Film Crit Hulk and a collection of cinema-changing ideas.

From the Wire: The Legacy of Stan Lee

  • By Matt Singer
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  • May 15, 2012 1:42 PM
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This is a really strange time to be a lifelong comic book fan. On the one hand, all your nerd dreams are coming true: geeks are cool and superheroes are mainstream. On the other hand, the success of comic book movies hasn't really trickled down to the comic book industry, which continues to struggle with flagging sales (up slightly this year, but down 13% from five years ago and 31% from fifteen years ago, according to Comichron.com). What's worse, many of the men who made these comics in the first place are seeing no financial reward from their remarkable success. "The Avengers" is now the fastest movie to gross $1 billion in history and exactly none of that goes to the estate of Jack Kirby, the man who co-created "The Avengers" with Stan Lee back in 1963. And while that's not legally wrong -- Kirby created "The Avengers" as a freelancer performing a work for hire for Marvel, which means all his artwork and concepts belong to the company and not the artist -- it sure doesn't feel too good.

Weekend Reel Reads: Exploring the Design of Ads and Scores

  • By Steve Greene
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  • May 13, 2012 12:39 PM
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Weekend Reel Reads is a regular feature that gathers lengthier stories related to the world of film criticism you may have missed during the week.

This Week on Criticwire: "Avengers" Aftershock and Critics Who...Look Like Monkeys?

  • By Steve Greene
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  • May 12, 2012 8:37 PM
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A sympathetic plea for a re-evaluation of trailers, a look at the joys of multiple movies back-to-back and a call for young writers also dotted the busy Criticwire landscape over the past six days.

From the Wire: The Appeal of the Avengers' Assembly

  • By Matt Singer
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  • May 7, 2012 6:33 PM
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How much of "The Avengers" success is thanks to its status as an ensemble film?

Weekend Reel Reads: It’s an Avengers World, We Just Read About It

  • By Steve Greene
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  • May 6, 2012 1:33 PM
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From poster board to poster to pirates, this week's selection of film-related reads looks at all stages of the Avengers experience.

A Selected History of Sam Jackson's The New York Times Reviews

  • By Matt Singer
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  • May 4, 2012 12:29 PM
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The Criticwire staff dug through the Times archive to see if the actor's beef with the paper may have been caused by more than one review.