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August 2013

An Open Letter to Jerry Lewis: Release ‘The Day the Clown Cried’

Think about how you, even at an advanced age, can set the agenda when it comes to this film and preserve its legacy the best way you see fit. It's hard to do that when you're gone, Jerry.

The 10 Best TV/Movie Mystery Series

The clues. The suspects. The halting head of the investigation. There are the elements of a great mystery and here are 10 great examples of how film and TV treat same.

“Shushers”: Etiquette, and the End of Civilized Cinema

At some point, some theater will acquiesce and open up an "all access" venue where you can do anything you want short of sexual liaisons with your partner and we will then see how much of a demand there is for such an outlet.

‘Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013’: Deified and Defiant

This is a show for anyone who appreciates the live experience, and more importantly, the skill required to make said showcase a jam-filled improvisational delight.

Sex as a Weapon: ‘Lovelace’

Perhaps there was nothing more to this woman's storied stardom. If that's the case, maybe Lovelace didn't need to be made at all.

Don’t Open That Door! #51: ‘The Thing From Another World’ (1951)

Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: the North Pole gets even chillier than usual in The Thing From Another World.

‘Elysium’ Depicts the Cinematic Shape of Things to Come

It may not be nominated for an Oscar, but Elysium stands as a triumph for those who think sci-fi is nothing more than dumbed down dogfights in space.

The 10 Most Pointless Spin-Offs of Disney Animated “Classics”

Not everything Disney has done is worthy of praise and accolades. In the name of cash (right, 'Planes?') here are 10 unnecessary spin-offs that sully the House of Mouse's legacy.

Money Men Are Ruining Hollywood? Say It Ain’t So, George Clooney

Sony will survive. Gone are the days when a box office bust could take down an entire company in one fell swoop. Indeed, when it comes to money, Tinseltown has it all figured out. Why else would Loeb invest there?

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