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My Favorite Movies of 2013: “It’s called obsession/can you handle it?”

I’m a little late with my best-of-the-year list this year, but a more relevant question is whether there even is such a thing as being late on this score. Looking back on my best-of-the-decade list, which I published at the tale … Continue reading

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The Year in Film Criticism

Taking stock of the year in film criticism has to begin with honoring the memory of two of the greats of the profession. I wrote extensively about him when he passed away in April, but is worth reminding people of … Continue reading

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Did I See “Gravity”?

Yes. It’s a truly spectacular film, in every sense of the word; a suspenseful, high-stakes-small mistakes thriller, a lyrical adrift-in-space drama that manages to simultaneously be both intimate and nearly infinite in scope, and more than anything, a stunning visual … Continue reading

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Self. Criticism.

When I was around 12 years old, my mom decided I was old enough to decide for myself which movies I wanted to see. It would no doubt be cooler if I could use this as a jumping off point … Continue reading

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Remembering Roger Ebert, Still

It’s been a week since the death of Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert, and the eulogies and remembrances keep pouring in from all over the web. It was obvious for anyone who had followed American film criticism at any point in … Continue reading

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My Take on the Best Picture Category at the Oscars

Best Picture Nominees Amour (Michael Haneke) Argo (Ben Affleck) Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin) Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino) Les Miserables (Tom Hooper) Life of Pi (Ang Lee) Lincoln (Steven Spielberg) Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell) Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow)

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My Favorite Movies of 2012: “I need my head examined/I need my eyes excited”

This year more than ever, I’m glad I’m not a movie critic. Don’t get me wrong, I love what they do, I care deeply for the craft of criticism, and the thought of getting paid to write about something that … Continue reading

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