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Film, Film Feature The Best Films of 2013: Our Critics Choose Their Favorites

The Best Films of 2013: Our Critics Choose Their Favorites

Sherilyn Connelly 1. Spring Breakers Nothing about Harmony Korine's film should work, and shame on him for using footage from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic without giving credit, but what looks at first like a Pedobear fantasia is actually…
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Culture, Kill Your Television Agents of S.H.E.E.S.H. : The Unfortunate Joss Whedon/Google Connection

Agents of S.H.E.E.S.H. : The Unfortunate Joss Whedon/Google Connection

The other day I Googled "Joss Whedon" and "lawn mower," just for the hell of it, to see how thorough the search engine really is. Up popped 964,000 results. Turns out he has mentioned yard maintenance quite a bit, especially…
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Film, "Much Ado About Nothing": Joss Whedon's Shakespearean Passion Project

"Much Ado About Nothing": Joss Whedon's Shakespearean Passion Project

Pro Tip: To get national theatrical distribution for a black-and-white home movie of your friends doing Shakespeare, try directing the third-highest grossing film of all time. It worked for Joss Whedon, whose Much Ado About Nothing would probably have gone…
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Calendar, Night&Day My So-Called Book

My So-Called Book

At 60, Richard Kramer became a first-time novelist. This isn’t to say he hadn’t been keeping himself busy. Kramer is an Emmy- and Peabody-award-winning writer, director, and producer, known for his work on TV shows like My So-Called Life and…
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Film, "Sleepwalk with Me": Can't Quite Rise to the Level of Radio

"Sleepwalk with Me": Can't Quite Rise to the Level of Radio

It's pretty Pollyannaish to complain when companies that are in the business of making money on movies make certain movies solely to make money. And yet, it seems to be widely acceptable to be cynical about big-budget movies that are…
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Film, "The Avengers": Superheroes Need Rescue From Predictability

"The Avengers": Superheroes Need Rescue From Predictability

At the start of the Marvel superhero supergroup flick, the Tesseract — a powerful glowing cube that fell to the ocean floor after Captain America (Chris Evans) liberated it from the Nazis in his movie last summer — is captured…
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Film, "The Cabin in the Woods": Horror-Comedy Mold Can't Be Broken

"The Cabin in the Woods": Horror-Comedy Mold Can't Be Broken

With horror comedy The Cabin in the Woods, writers Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, who also directs, have created an intricate design that makes the film nearly impossible to talk about without giving away surprises. The basic setup (the talk-about-able…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Zoopraxiscope Beckons

The Zoopraxiscope Beckons

Those unfamiliar with the world of steampunk may be tempted to lump it in with other fantasy subcultures, some of which involve dressing up as videogame characters or wizards. And it's true that steampunk is wrapped in a thick layer…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish The Sympathetic Spy

The Sympathetic Spy

The Lives of Others (Sony) Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's film, easily the best of last year, exists on many levels: as tragedy, dark comedy, and love story -- not between a man and a woman, but between two seemingly opposite…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish A Very Long Run

A Very Long Run

Born to Run: 30th Anniversary 3-Disc Set (Columbia Home Video) The centerpiece of this three-disc boxed set isn't the classic 1975 album, but the two DVDs that come with it. On one, shot in London in 1975, Bruce and the…
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Film, Have Gun, Will Space Travel

Have Gun, Will Space Travel

Serenity, Joss Whedon's big-screen spinoff of the 2002 TV show Firefly, which didn't even last a dozen episodes, is already a cult phenom well before its opening. The show's DVD box set lines the shelf of every fanboy who dreamed…
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