It hasn't been a good year for film criticism. Here's a round-table interview with established film critics. And here's David Poland's plaint about the LAT hiring former L.A Times entertainment editor Betsy Sharkey as film critic. With so many unemployed professional critics out there, it seems a shame to deny one a prime slot. But that's not what's going on. The LAT doesn't want to let one of their good people go, and gave her an available gig.
Going forward, film criticism is going to be in the hands of folks like Defamer's Stu Van Airsdale, who doesn't like what he's seeing at year's end, and Reel Geezers, who prove that it's not so much a question of age as format: the future is free video. Here's their review of Milk: