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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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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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Better Red Than Dead: Director Gabe Polsky Revisits the Cold War Through Hockey

Filmmaker Gabe Polsky’s upcoming documentary RED ARMY “tells the story of the most dominant sports team in history: the Soviet Union’s Red Army ice hockey team.”
  • By Mike Spry
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  • March 27, 2014 12:17 PM
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Predictions You Can't Refuse: Previewing the Sight and Sound Greatest Films Poll, Part III

EDITOR'S NOTE: This summer Sight and Sound, the magazine of the British Film Institute, will issue the seventh edition of their international poll of critics and directors on the greatest films of all time. While there have been plenty of lists and polls of this kind conducted over the years by innumerable publications, websites and other outlets, the Sight and Sound poll occupies a special place among them. It polls a select number of participants that rank among the most respected authorities on film (the 2002 edition polled 145 critics and 108 directors). To my knowledge it is the longest-running poll of its kind, having first been conducted in 1952, and conducted only once every ten years.
  • By Kevin B. Lee, David Jenkins, Vadim Rizov, Bill Georgaris
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  • April 24, 2012 8:07 AM
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The Androgyny of Artists: An Interview with Mary Harron

Is woman the future of man?
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • April 19, 2012 9:00 AM
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A Top Ten Dilemma: Previewing the Sight and Sound Greatest Films Poll, Part II

Will Vertigo climb it's way to #1? It depends on the participating critics and what agendas they may have.
  • By Kevin B. Lee, David Jenkins, Vadim Rizov, Bill Georgaris
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  • April 19, 2012 7:10 AM
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Not Simply the Best: Previewing the Sight and Sound Greatest Films Poll, Part I

The Sight and Sound Film Poll is still an important guide to the greatest movies, but it could use an overhaul.
  • By Kevin B. Lee, David Jenkins, Vadim Rizov, Bill Georgaris
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  • April 18, 2012 1:25 PM
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Sculpting Away: An Interview with Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe's versatility as an actor cannot be understated. His range as a performer is remarkable, and that comes across in a wide range of his performances, from his expressive turn as Jesus of Nazareth in "The Last Temptation of Christ" to his charmingly bombastic voice-acting performance in "Fantastic Mr. Fox."
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • March 19, 2012 12:10 PM
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The Art of the March Madness Telecast

Every year narratives play out in NCAA tournament games that are as dramatic and sensational as those in the soap operas that they preempt, and the storytelling strategies used in the broadcasts themselves can be downright fascinating. This game is a perfect example of what I mean: the last few minutes of regulation unfold as if they’re part of a self-contained short film about heartache, redemption, and truth in photography.
  • By Andrew Horbal
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  • March 16, 2012 9:13 AM
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