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Jerry Lewis - GENIUS!

In the wake of Jerry Lewis' passing, we revisit this article from 2009 highlighting the legendary comedian's movie-making.

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Chaos Reigns in 'Mad Max - Fury Road'

George Miller’s magnificently crazed half-sequel, half-do-over reimagines the original post-apocalyptic action saga as an even more savage, but yet strangely thoughtful, battle for survival in the wreckage.

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Why Does David Lynch Keep Doing This to Us?

David Lynch is one of the most beloved directors in the world. He's also an expert at letting his fanbase down.

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Why 'Fast and Furious 8' Will Be the Franchise's Most Important Film

With Paul Walker gone and the series soaring to new action heights, the next installment will have its work cut out for it.

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In Memorial of American Sniper's First Awards Season Victim: Unbroken

Clint Eastwood's look at Chris Kyle's legacy as American's deadliest marksman claimed its first Awards Season victim: the other war story.

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Why the 'Selma' Snub Matters

Because of its unjustified snubbing, Selma and the artists involve now face an uphill battle in the movie industry they never should have to face.

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Why Sony Shouldn't Have Nuked Seth Rogen and James Franco's 'The Interview'

Following massive hacking and numerous attack threats, Sony has decided not the release the political comedy The Interview. Here's why that is a bad idea.

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Did Piracy and/or a PG-13 Rating Doom 'The Expendables 3'?

Was online "availability" and a anti-hard "R" stance the real reasons this third film in the action franchise failed?

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The 'Dawn' of Something Amazing

As with much art, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes signposts situations we'd otherwise ignore or try to avoid, provides insights, and provokes questions. This film, like all great art, is alive, vital, and transcendent.

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Catch Up? or Clever? Warners' Plans for DC

Is the Warners/DC rumor wishful thinking, a fool's paradise, or a strategic answer to Marvel's present domination of the genre?

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The 'Super' Superstar Syndrome

There are very few "super" superstars on the planet. Considering the cost, career wise, being a journeyman seems to have far more perks.

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My 5 Biggest Problems with 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

The newest installment of the X-Men movie franchise is good, not great. Here are five reasons why.

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'Godzilla' Is an Old Fashioned Blockbuster... and That's a Good Thing

A lot of early reviews claim that "nothing happens" in the first hour of this film. Those opinions couldn't be more wrong.

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The Misguided Man of Dark Knight Steel Justice League Lite Sequel

By jumping right into the whole Dark Knight/Clark Kent pairing, DC once again shows how clueless it is regarding the handling of their heroes.

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'Sabotage' the Trailer vs. 'Sabotage' the Movie

The Sabotage audiences see on Friday will have very little to do with the version being pimped in the promos.

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Why the Oscars Will Never Matter Again... Ever.

So instead of taking a stand, instead of separating it out from the various guilds and journalistic organizations to be its own entity, the Oscars have become much more like the competition, and nothing turns a specialty into a generality quicker than conforming.

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Dear Internet, Welcome to the World You Created: Quentin Tarantino and the 'The Hateful Eight'

The situation with Quentin Tarantino and the script for his unproduced project The Hateful Eight shows just how precarious playing Messageboard Nation can be.

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Armond White: Asshole, or Activist?

Armond White allegedly heckled Steve McQueen at the recent NYFCC Awards ceremony... and people are surprised by this?

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An Absence of Evidence: 'The Unknown Known'

If there’s anybody who’s untroubled by the invasion of Iraq, it’s Donald Rumsfeld. Just ask him.

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'The Shining' and the Mocking of David Cronenberg

The fanboys foam at the mouth over recent comments made by David Cronenberg regarding the (oddly) beloved Stanley Kubrick creepshow.

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"Truth" vs. "Exploitation": The Violence in '12 Years a Slave'

Those who can't see 12 Years a Slave for what it is are destined to deny its import. If it needs to "exploit" a subject to get people to pay attention, so be it.

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'Escape from Tomorrow' and Disney's Dilemma

In the past, when the studio has sent out its legal legions to stop what it saw as unwarranted use of their intellectual property, they were viewed as bullies. With Escape from Tomorrow, they could start to alter that perception.

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Now, Voyager: 'Kon-Tiki' and the Old World Adventure Saga

Kon-Tiki, a joint Norwegian and Hollywood venture, is the filmic version of the Millais painting. It’s romantic and hokey and about as subtle as a Norman Rockwell or a movie like Kick-Ass, but it’s a beautiful movie nonetheless.

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Girl Power

Actresses in films often do better -- artistically and usually commercially -- when partnered with other women instead of paired up with any number of leading men, regardless of their supposed box office draw or potential romantic chemistry.

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'World War' Wrong

By getting rid of what author Max Brooks begat, 'World War Z' -- the movie -- made a major mistake. It literally removed the zombie threat from a film about zombies.

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'Man of Steel' and the Wanton Destruction of Human Life

Why are so many picking on Superman for destroying a few hundred thousand people when his actions clearly save billions?

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Future Crock: The Unexplored Possibilities of 'The Purge'

A movie where potentially potent social commentary is sidetracked for the typical, tired horror genre cat and mouse.

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An Age-Old Problem

Aging actors paired with significantly younger female co-stars? It's nothing new for Hollywood.

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'Oblivion' and the Copycat Accusations

Oblivion reminds you of other science fiction films? Really? Maybe you know too much about the genre to enjoy a decent example of same.

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Pixar: Perfectionists... or Panderers

With a rash of recent sequel announcements, many wonder if Pixar is still being creative, or merely going commercial.

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The Bummer of '42'

Race is always handled awkwardly and obviously in film. The latest on the legacy of Jackie Robinson is no exception.

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"Overrated" vs. "Misunderstood"

Can something considered a masterpiece be overrated, or is such a reaction merely the height of crass critical insularity?

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Open...and Shut? Predicting the 2013 Oscars

Our picks for who will win, and who should win, the Oscars for the year in cinema, 2012.

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Getting on With It in ’56 Up’

In the eighth installment of Michael Apted’s epochal documentary series, his aging participants (one of cinema’s greatest assemblage of living characters) provide not just a telescope into the past but also a kind of primer for how to live, even as the specter of mortality starts to cast its shadow.


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