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Media Watch: The Changing Landscape for Movie Coverage

As Vanity fair hires a new film critic, where is movie coverage going? I see increased consolidation and competition for traffic.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 25, 2014 1:41 AM
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How HBO's 'Looking' Went from Boring to Brilliant

"Looking" began like most blind dates: awkwardly. It made introductions and exchanged pleasantries, but it was unsure of itself, and of us. With time, though, it eased up and leaned in close, becoming one of the best new series of the year. [SPOILERS below if you're not up to date.]
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • March 10, 2014 2:03 PM
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A Southerner's Defense of Bayou Gothic 'True Detective'

Emily Nussbaum may be my favorite critic working today -- her New Yorker column is my North Star of trusted opinion in the televisual wilderness. But she gets "True Detective" wrong, wrong, wrong.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • February 27, 2014 3:56 PM
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Sundance Review: Steve James' Roger Ebert Documentary 'Life Itself'

Thanks to the miracle of modern technology, I have just now been able to view a downstream of Life Itself – Steve James’ extraordinary documentary about the late, great Roger Ebert – at the same time the film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • January 20, 2014 2:46 PM
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New York Film Critics Expel Armond White

City Arts film critic and professional crank Armond White is no longer a member of the august New York Film Critics Circle, which voted Monday morning to expel him from their ranks. He came under fire after he heckled director Steve McQueen last week at the NYFCC annual awards dinner.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2014 2:50 PM
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Why Manohla Dargis's Sundance Proposal Is Behind the Times

NY Times critic Manohla Dargis can be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed by the number of world premieres at the Sundance Film Festival, the toughest festival to cover, because so many new movies demand to be reviewed. But is she really rooting for fewer of them to get picked up? She complains that the Paper of Record has too many films to review each year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2014 8:27 PM
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New York Film Critics Circle Awards Dinner Expects a Starry Turnout

The New York Film Critics Circle holds its annual awards dinner Monday night and while the critics themselves try to keep the Oscar speculation at arm’s length, the people angling for statuettes don’t. Which is why the honorees “rumored” to be showing up at the historic Edison Ballroom (they’re always “rumored” until they actually show up) will be reducing the paparazzi to puddles of goo.
  • By John Anderson
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  • January 3, 2014 5:02 PM
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Why Everyone is Piling on Marty's 'Wolf of Wall Street'

Why is everyone piling on Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street"? The answer: traffic. Many of the headlines and reviews for the late-breaking contender are focusing on its glorification of its real-life anti-hero Jordan Belfort, played with memorable brio by Leonardo DiCaprio, who has been forced to go on the defensive.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 31, 2013 2:36 PM
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Reverse Shot Unveils Their Top Ten Films of 2013

Independent film journal Reverse Shot named their ten best films of 2013 this morning via Twitter. The list is a brainy mix of arthouse festival films for niche audiences as well as indies, such "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Frances Ha," that broke out in 2013.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 30, 2013 12:34 PM
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'12 Years a Slave,' Cate Blanchett and More Lead Alliance of Women Film Journalists EDA Award Winners

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced the winners of its 8th Annual EDA Awards. Like other critics' groups, AWFJ carries the torch for Steve McQueen’s "12 Years a Slave," with six honors, while Cate Blanchett and McConaughey and Leto of "Dallas Buyers Club" lead the acting categories. Full list of winners below.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 19, 2013 6:39 PM
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