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Could the Letter "M" Help Save the Oscars?

With a shrinking viewership and even smaller relevance to the annual awards season shuffle, how will the Oscars save itself?

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Fifty Shades of Fail

With the release of the new teaser trailer, Fifty Shades of Grey proves that what might work in the boudoir just doesn't translate to the big screen.

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Revisiting 'Garden State' 10 Years Later

Despite the film’s hipster soundtrack and depiction of twenty-something malaise, it ultimately embraces the human spirit and all of the sentimentality that goes with it.

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Jumping Off the Bay-Wagon

With his picture postcard imagery and similarly shorthanded scripting, Michael Bay's movies may be nothing more than a colorful crib mobile.

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Five Reasons Why 'Transcendence' Failed

It could have been a late April sleeper. Instead, Johnny Depp's sci-fi thriller failed to ignite the box office. Here are five reasons why.

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Dear Studios: Stop with the Post-Credits Stingers!

Whatever the case, the stinger trend, once seemingly novel, has now run its course.

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Why 'JFK' Still Matters

JFK may not be "right", but by raising questions and not settling for the standard answers, it's the right thing to do.

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My Own Private 'Room 237'

In the spirit of Rodney Ascher's recent documentary, here are two films that I find differing meanings in vs. the rest of the mainstream moviegoing public.

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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.

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"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.

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'The Trial of Billy Jack' : The Original Blockbuster

What was the first film to debut on over 1,500 screens simultaneously? Well, it wasn't some specious fish story, that's for sure.

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'Turbo's' Troubling Take on Race

Turbo is borderline racist. No, it doesn't actually come out and call any of its minority characters by recognized hate crime names, but it sure does use stereotypes as a shortcut to any real character development.

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The Lone-ly 'Ranger'

Films fail for a number of reasons. Trying to repeat the unrepeatable is one of them.

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He Is, and Always Will Be, Legend: Richard Matheson (1926-2013)

Richard Matheson was, like his peers Ray Bradbury and Rod Serling, introduced an entire generation to the joys of genre fiction and film.

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'Monsters University' and Pixar's Transition from Perfectionists to Product

With Monsters University (a good film, go see it), Pixar has stopped playing perfectionist forever. From now on, merely being good will have to do. Greatness seems like a thing of the past. The distant past.

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The Lame Lessons We've Learned About the Future in 'After Earth'

The savaged sci-fi epic After Earth is another nail in the coffin of Will Smith's once dominant commercial appeal, and the final one in M. Night Shyamalan's struggles to regain his more or less DOA cred.

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The Curious Case (and Continued Disgrace) of M. Night Shyamalan

How do you go from "the next Spielberg" to a critical joke in the span of a single decade? Just ask M. Night Shyamalan. He knows all too well.

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It's All Relative: Family Dysfunction in the Post-Modern Movie

The saving grace of many dysfunctional family films is finding the universality in the truly insular.

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'The Neverending Story': Can Children Save the World?

Most movies dealing with the apocalypse have adults running about to stop it from happening, yet the Neverending Story is the exact opposite.

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Why Are So Many of Today's Movies So Bad?

All indicators are that the movies will not be getting, collectively, any better any time soon.

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Award Season Rewind: 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

As it stands, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a thoroughly engaging, often rip-roaring, old school yarn. It's got scope, excitement, and above all, emotional heft.

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Award Season Rewind: 'Holy Motors'

The end result is a joy ride through the ridiculous, a movie whose meaning may be lost in the manner in which it's approached.

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Award Season Rewind: 'Django Unchained'

As we continue with our look at some year end favorites, we stumble upon Quentin Tarantino's latest... and make no mistake about it, Django Unchained is a joy. It's fun and foolish, unhinged and unapologetic.

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Award Season Rewind: 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Between now and the Oscars, we will be revisiting the films that make the 2012 Awards Season sizzle. This time out, we look at Kathryn Bigelow's amazing follow-up to her previous Best Picture Winner, The Hurt Locker

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Twisting and Turning... on the Audience

The twist ending in recent films: Delightful? Or Disingenuous?

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Horror Hatin'... Revisited

Like science fiction, which requires a solid suspension of disbelief, horror has its inherent limits. It cannot and will not appeal to each and every member of the audience.

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Sight & Sound-Off: #5 - 'Sunrise' and 'Taxi Driver'

So where does the wickedness really come from? Is it nothing more than a combination of factors, an internal weakness fueled by far more malevolent outside sources? Well, yes and no.

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Sight & Sound-Off: #8 - 'Man with a Movie Camera' and 'Vertigo'

Hitchcock believed in the power of images, of mixing light and shadow, color and composition to provide subtext to his characters' concerns. Dziga Vertov wanted, way back at the dawn of the artform, to push the boundaries of what the medium could be.

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Sight & Sound-Off: #9 - 'The Passion of Joan of Arc' and 'Mirror'

Of faces, faith, and things forgotten. Spirituality can be sourced through many things, religion being primary among them. It can also be found in remembering.

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Sight & Sound-Off: #10 - '8&1/2' and 'Bicycle Thieves'

For the next ten weeks, we will discuss the films that made it onto the Sight & Sound 2012 Best Films of All Time List (Overall and Director). In this installment, a tale of two Italys...and two intriguing artistic approaches.

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An 'Alien' (Prequel) Primer

So what do you need to know about the Alien films before lining up for 8 June's Prometheus? Well, not much, actually.

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Hey, Technology! Stop Screwing Up My Experiences!

For today's consumer, access is more important than aesthetics. They would gladly trade the perfectly projected image of a legitimate theatrical screening for a pocket filled with possibilities.

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Robert Redford: Activist Auteur

When he started, all he wanted was respect. Now, Robert Redford's career behind the camera is constantly viewed with reverence. But his work has slipped from intriguing icon to shill.

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'Thor' Spot

One of the biggest issues a comic book movie adaptation has to overcome is staying/not staying "true" to the source. However, when there are multiple configurations of same, such creative reverence becomes harder and harder.

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The Five Best Films of Spring 2011

Our picks for the Top 5 films of the Spring...and yes, we are prepared for the inevitable blowback.

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The Top 10 Alien Invasion Movies of All Time

The ten best examples of the alien overthrow Hollywood has ever attempted...

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