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    If You Could be Adopted by a Mother in the Movies, Who Would It Be?

    I’ve been reading Richard Corliss’ "Mom in the Movies," a sprightly survey of cinemamas, as though it were a catalogue of mail-order moms. Which movie mom would you choose for your own? Why?

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    Media Watch: The Changing Landscape for Movie Coverage

    As Vanity fair hires a new film critic, where is movie coverage going? I see increased consolidation and competition for traffic.

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    How HBO's 'Looking' Went from Boring to Brilliant

    "Looking" began like most blind dates: awkwardly. It made introductions and exchanged pleasantries, but it was unsure of itself, and of us. With time, though, it eased up and leaned in close, becoming one of the best new series of the year. [SPOILERS below if you're not up to date.]

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    A Southerner's Defense of Bayou Gothic 'True Detective'

    Emily Nussbaum may be my favorite critic working today -- her New Yorker column is my North Star of trusted opinion in the televisual wilderness. But she gets "True Detective" wrong, wrong, wrong.

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    Sundance Review: Steve James' Roger Ebert Documentary 'Life Itself'

    Thanks to the miracle of modern technology, I have just now been able to view a downstream of Life Itself – Steve James’ extraordinary documentary about the late, great Roger Ebert – at the same time the film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

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    New York Film Critics Expel Armond White

    City Arts film critic and professional crank Armond White is no longer a member of the august New York Film Critics Circle, which voted Monday morning to expel him from their ranks. He came under fire after he heckled director Steve McQueen last week at the NYFCC annual awards dinner.

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    Why Manohla Dargis's Sundance Proposal Is Behind the Times

    NY Times critic Manohla Dargis can be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed by the number of world premieres at the Sundance Film Festival, the toughest festival to cover, because so many new movies demand to be reviewed. But is she really rooting for fewer of them to get picked up? She complains that th...

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    New York Film Critics Circle Awards Dinner Expects a Starry Turnout

    The New York Film Critics Circle holds its annual awards dinner Monday night and while the critics themselves try to keep the Oscar speculation at arm’s length, the people angling for statuettes don’t. Which is why the honorees “rumored” to be showing up at the historic Edison Ballroom (they’re alwa...

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    Why Everyone is Piling on Marty's 'Wolf of Wall Street'

    Why is everyone piling on Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street"? The answer: traffic. Many of the headlines and reviews for the late-breaking contender are focusing on its glorification of its real-life anti-hero Jordan Belfort, played with memorable brio by Leonardo DiCaprio, who has been for...

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    Reverse Shot Unveils Their Top Ten Films of 2013

    Independent film journal Reverse Shot named their ten best films of 2013 this morning via Twitter. The list is a brainy mix of arthouse festival films for niche audiences as well as indies, such "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Frances Ha," that broke out in 2013.

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