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    Why Variety's Hiring Critics

    The veteran movie-industry publication's film editor, Claudia Eller, explains why they're beefing up their critics' ranks when others are cutting back.

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    Do Critics Understand Documentaries?

    At a panel from the True/False Film Festival, critics weigh in on whether film criticism has kept pace with the steady growth of documentary film.

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    Cinema in 270 Degrees

    A new format called ScreenX promises images that envelop viewers on all sides. But how easy is it to watch?

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    A History of Movie Trailers

    Surveying 80 years of movie trailers, it's clear that the best directors have made advance advertising a part of their art.

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    Is 'Bad Grandpa' "the anti-'Borat'"?

    The 'Jackass' crew's hidden-camera feature makes a pointed contrast with Sasha Baron Cohen's, which depending who you ask is either a good or a bad thing.

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    Should Teens See 'Blue...'?

    New York Times critic A.O. Scott calms the controversy by revealing his teenage daughter has seen the sexually explicit coming-of-age movie. Twice.

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    '12 Years a Slave' and the Politics of Black Skin

    Rather than a nebulous "national conversation," '12 Years a Slave' sparks a discussion about racial bias built into the machinery of filmmaking itself.

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    Reviving 'Jesse James'

    'No Eulogies' aims to make Andrew Dominik's Brad Pitt-starring 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford' a repertory staple.

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    '12 Years a Slave': The Dissenters

    Steve McQueen's brutal, unsparing look at American slavery has met with near-universal acclaim, but the critics who find fault with it ask questions worth answering.

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    New York Film Critics Circle Adds Eric Kohn

    Graham Fuller, Rafer Guzman and Farran Smith Nehme also join the storied critics' organization's ranks.

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