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What a shame to see The Dissolve close its doors. It was always my go-to site for people who asked me where to find good film writing online. It was dedicated to the practice of film criticism, had an engaging ...
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One of the strangest aspects of 2014 is how so many films have been harpooned by critics, especially those aimed for the Best Picture race. At the same time, Oscar bloggers have been winnowing down their list based on what ...
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“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” – Shakespeare and Willy Wonka I have been online for twenty years. I didn’t start this website, then Oscarwatch, until 1999. I’d spent ...
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Someone was bound to, sooner or later, come down on the critics for one thing or another. So these two writers, Adam K Raymond and Matan Gilat, decided to gather up all of the Metacritic scores and rank the critics ...

Mick LaSalle at the San Francisco Chronicle outlines six factors in cinema that propel a great movie to classic status after the test of time. Doing what I do, I often try to project myself into the future and imagine ...

I thought I would use Metacritic to look at the past ten years of Best Picture winners. I use Metacritic because they are easier to pin down in terms of having fewer critics and (for the most) seasoned, experienced writers. ...

Now that the September issue of Sight & Sound has hit news stands and had a chance to sell out the complete print run, the magazine has generously published far more comprehensive results of its 2012 Critics and Directors Polls ...

As we watch the remainder of the critics groups weigh in with their year-end honors, we’ll take one last look back at how the major contenders stacked up with the weight of their reviews.  AD reader Andrew Sidhom has helpfully ...

In which readers are invited to beat up on your own picks, and pick apart Travers himself. I think he’s a reliable critic, but he should stay well away from the camera. Not that his choices are wrong. He’s right. ...

Very Small Array charts a steady 50-year decline in the quality of films moviegoers want to see most. Steepest nosedive occurs at the end of the 1970’s when the American New Wave suffered a backlash, studios pulled the plug on ...

AD reader Andrew has devised another great system of charts to help us navigate the swampy morass we’ve all sailed into together. Contenders in each category are ranked according to points earned from over 50 critics groups, with handy bar ...

Most important resurrection for film-lovers since lost footage of Metropolis was found in an Argentinian vault. Reuters reports the happy news that veteran film critic Todd McCarthy is returning to the printed page. Unceremoniously dismissed by Variety 7 months ago ...

I’ll go ahead and assemble the names we’ve collected into a poll ballot, just for the curiosity element and sheer time-killing fun of it. (which, obviously, were the only real reasons for me raising the question to begin with. My ...

MetaCritic typically collects reviews from around 40 critics and Rotten Tomatoes names roughly the same number among its ‘Top Critics.’ The individual lists of critics change from film to film, with a core group of 25 who never seem to ...

As various critics annoyingly yet predictably rip Inception apart one has to yet again marvel at the silly way a film is brought down the pike, Oscar-wise. It is as fun and easy to make fun of critics as it ...

Ziyad Abul Hawa has built us a beautiful chart to display key stats at-a-glance for the year’s most acclaimed movies at the half-way point. Longer list encompassing the top 35 films after the cut.

In less than half an hour the most important numbers on our minds will be which films reeled in the biggest numbers of nominations. But maybe it’s fitting to take one last look at the critics who helped guide us ...

Erik Childress has posted his annual Criticwatch’s Whores of the Year – which has funny bits, no doubt. Pete Travers and Pete Hammond are two who take it annually from Childress but they’re probably used to it by now (we ...

Two thumbs down to Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz, as Michael Phillips and A.O. Scott take over the reins of At the Movies: After barely a year helming the iconic TV show, founded in 1986 by Gene Siskel and Roger ...

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