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February 2013

The 10 Greatest Oscar Blunders, Part 1

We critics love to give Oscar the razz. After all, they get it wrong so many times that, inherently, we view it as an out of touch, deeply political body whose process allows art to die at the hands of studio artifice.

A Good Day… To Ruin a Perfectly Decent Franchise

With Die Hard, the hero is as proactive as he is reactive. Here, he's just a sideshow, and a worn out one as well.

‘Seven Keys to Baldpate’ Triple Feature

At least three out of six of the seven.

‘A Good Day to Die Hard’, Not Make a Better Movie

(T)his is Die Hard by the numbers, and said digits just don't add up.

The Top 10 Anti-Romance Movies of All Time

Tired of all the candy and flowers? Want to stab Cupid with his own acrimonious arrow? Then fire up the home theater and feast on these 10 examples of emotion as evil on this day we celebrate all things love.

‘Peter Pan’, Native Americans, and Disney’s Racial Dilemma

Sometimes, a small thing can explode into an unavoidable problem. In this case, Peter Pan wears its bigotry on its sleeve. Luckily, it's not enough to ruin an otherwise magical movie experience.

Don’t Open That Door! #30: ‘The Alligator People’ (1959)

Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: scary things get born on the bayou -- and killed there -- in The Alligator People.

The “Fat” Joke

Three decades ago, John Waters called it bad taste. Today, it's been embraced as part of mainstream moviemaking.

‘Moonlight Murder’ (1936)

Chewing and singing the scenery

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