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Some Thoughts on the STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Casting Announcement and the Reaction To It

The "Star Wars" prequels made a lot of money, but not as much as they could have. Only "Phantom Menace" cleared a billion dollars at the box office. Lucas left money on the table, and a bad taste in fans' mouths. Disney should be doing everything they can to change that. Instead, they’re creating more bad taste.
  • By A.D. Jameson
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  • April 30, 2014 3:24 AM
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A Second Chance for MUD

In many ways, "Mud" is a throwback to good old-fashioned storytelling. It takes us back to Mark Twain, back to childhood, back to the rhythms of nature.
  • By Kayleigh Butera
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  • April 29, 2014 3:07 PM
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Of Kisses, Mirrors, and HATESHIP LOVESHIP

There’s a moment, early on in "Hateship Loveship"--a new Liza Johnson film sensitively adapted by Mark Poirier from a story by Canadian literary natural resource Alice Munro--where Kristen Wiig kisses a mirror. When I say "kisses," I suppose I mean more than that: she really makes out with it.
  • By Max Winter
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  • April 25, 2014 11:51 PM
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What HER Tells Us About Ourselves: A Conversation

"I feel love throughout this movie. I re-lived lives watching this. It was a teary viewing; for the person I saw it with as well. When I go to see it again, I want to go alone, so as to have a cocooned personal experience, unconstrained. Is it love? I want to curl up with it & keep it live in me as I feel it. So, yes."
  • By Jennifer Anise and Steven Boone
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  • April 25, 2014 2:15 PM
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The Brando Standard: How Modern Actors Struggle Productively With Marlon Brando's Legacy

Though the name Brando still evokes the memory of a time when nobody had ever seen anyone like him before; it has also, ironically, become an adjective of choice when describing a certain type of actor: a (usually) White, (usually) young, (always) attractive man of great talent who will let himself be broken down over the course of a film.
  • By Laura Bogart
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  • April 25, 2014 1:21 PM
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Stuck in the Middle: 30 Great Films about Middle Age, PART THREE

And so we arrive at the top ten, at which point I must ask myself: did I become a perpetual adolescent because I make lists, or do I make lists because I’m a perpetual adolescent? While I had intended to exorcise my inner fanboy by accepting my age, I find that I have simply repeated patterns already set...
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • April 24, 2014 3:07 PM
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Stuck in the Middle: 30 Great Films about Middle Age, PART TWO

I must go on, I can’t go on, I’ll go on: here we are with round two of what I consider to be the best movies about middle age. If you’re still with me, you’ve admitted your age, and acceptance is the first step towards…whatever, here’s the list.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • April 22, 2014 4:37 AM
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Days Like Lost Dogs: In Support of Loose Ends in Procedurals from TWIN PEAKS to TOP OF THE LAKE

Television has evolved since the 1980s to accept that audiences can handle more than simple resolution, but why is it too much to ask that viewers push past the need for any resolution at all?
  • By Amy Woolard
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  • April 21, 2014 1:06 PM
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A Video Essay On Jim Jarmusch: Dead Men & Ghosts, Limited

Among Jim Jarmusch's films, "Dead Man," "Ghost Dog," and "The Limits of Control" share concerns and motifs: questions of wisdom and wandering, art and death, repetition and revision. They let genres become ghosts. They propose that white men are the scourge of reality.
  • By Matthew Cheney
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  • April 17, 2014 1:52 PM
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Stuck in the Middle: 30 Great Films about Middle Age, PART ONE

If you didn’t automatically pass over this piece on the basis of its title, you may belong to that rare group of people who acknowledge their age and are interested in seeing films that do the same. Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to share my list of some films that have given me perspective on the middle stage of life.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • April 17, 2014 1:37 PM
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