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  • Jon Jay
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    Sight and Sound reviews every film when it's released in the UK, from Transformers 15 to teeny indie films released on three screens. It also has a synopsis for every film, which is really useful for checking that the genius plot-twist in your latest script hasn't just been done.

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  • jtwg50
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    You can find the "Top Critics" at Rotten Tomatoes. They offer that specific link on the menu bar at the top of the review list so you only read reviews from major critics -- NY Times, LA Times, Rolling Stone, TIME, USA Today, etc.
    All of the major newspapers and magazines, as well as TV outlets, still do reviews of every major movie that comes out.
    And yes, there are lots of online and blog critics that have no idea what they're talking about. But thank God they have tiny audiences.

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  • Rantanplan
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    Originally posted by miktal-1 View Post
    Am I reading this right? You go to ONE source on the Internet, dont find what you`re looking for, and conclude that the sky must be falling in???

    Surely you dont read every critical review of a film, so why not just bookmark your favorites??

    There is also, Rotton Tomatoes, job done, world saved.
    HA you're absolutely right. Guess I've been a little out of touch with things lately.

    Thanks Dr. V for the additional links.

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  • roscoegino
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    There's so much more word of mouth due to social media. It's also too easy to just download a brand new flick for free before The NY Times or Entertainment Weekly tell you it stinks. Both amount to most folks simply not caring anymore about what a critic has to say. It's like an interruption in the flow of entertainment to audience.

    Besides, these days anyone can create a cinema blog without knowing who the hell someone like Michael Curtiz is.

    The end.

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  • Madbandit
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    Originally posted by Jules View Post
    People realized they didn't know what they were talking about and they froze to death.


    There's also the fact the big six film studios own the main five broadcast TV networks. One of them happens to own a NYC-based newspaper. Lots of conflicts here and there, man.

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  • BurOak
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    The Craig's List Syndrome is what happened. Like most everything else, no one wants to actually pay a film critic anymore.

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    Here are some film review and criticism sites I've been following for some years which cover a lot of cinema mainstream criticism doesn't:

    -Midnight Eye (Japanese cinema): http://www.midnighteye.com/

    -Not Coming to a Theater Near You: http://notcoming.com/

    -Senses of Cinema: http://sensesofcinema.com/

    -Strictly Film School: http://www.filmref.com/

    -They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?: http://www.theyshootpictures.com/index.htm

    -MUBI: http://mubi.com/

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  • miktal-1
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    Am I reading this right? You go to ONE source on the Internet, dont find what you`re looking for, and conclude that the sky must be falling in???

    Surely you dont read every critical review of a film, so why not just bookmark your favorites??

    There is also, Rotton Tomatoes, job done, world saved.

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  • Rantanplan
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    Originally posted by Donreel View Post
    Metacritic has been my go-to site a long time. It includes a full list of art-house/limited release films, along with the big studio movies. The review sources you mention are mostly all there, with links from the excerpts to the complete articles.

    Example for August: Osage County --
    http://www.metacritic.com/movie/augu...critic-reviews
    Wow, yes, you're right. I'm an instant convert, thanks. Good to know film reviews are indeed alive and well.

    The movie I was just raving about in this forum recently, ENOUGH SAID, well almost no "important" reviews on IMDB, but yeah, on your site, the whole gang is there, mostly with lavish praise. So thanks again.

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  • Donreel
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    Metacritic has been my go-to site a long time. It includes a full list of art-house/limited release films, along with the big studio movies. The review sources you mention are mostly all there, with links from the excerpts to the complete articles.

    Example for August: Osage County --
    http://www.metacritic.com/movie/augu...critic-reviews

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  • Jules
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    People realized they didn't know what they were talking about and they froze to death.

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  • Rantanplan
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    What happened to all the film critics??

    It used to be, when I wanted info / criticism on a flick, I'd check in with IMDP and boom, there was Ebert, the NYT, Rolling Stone, Variety, Salon, the Village Voice, HR, etc. (and God bless Ebert, he reviewed EVERYTHING).

    Nowadays, even with flicks I thought for sure would be covered, nothing, nothing but blogs and "peripheral" media outlets.

    Why is that? Is HW suddenly producing so many more films per year that the nation's main film critics can't handle the load? Or is it that the paradigm is shifting so rapidly that we can't rely on our old stand-bys anymore?

    Or maybe it's IMDB just failing to cull what they used to cull.... I know the Chicago Reader, for instance, has always been a great source of movie criticism, but for some reason it was never on IMDB radar. But still, all those others I mentioned above, they used to always be part of the list.

    I sense shenanigans and I do not like it!

    On a more serious note, if indeed the main media publications are cutting back on film reviews due to the proliferation of blogs and social media, I find that a very sad reality.
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