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Richard Schickel
Richard Schickel

Richard Schickel, whose celebrated and prolific career spans 50 years, has been the film critic for Time and Life magazines, has written more than 20 books and has produced, written and directed numerous documentaries. In addition to his new book, “Clint Eastwood, A Retrospective,” Richard...

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AP/Sony - Columbia Pictures

Hollywood’s Raid on Convention

So far, I have not seen any negative reviews of “Zero Dark Thirty” and it is with some reluctance that I’m about to write one.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012



Bill Murray Captures FDR’s Pain and Wit in ‘Hyde Park’

What makes “Hyde Park on Hudson” a good deal more than delightful is its lightly touched seriousness of purpose.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012



This ‘Hitchcock’ Is Frightfully Off

He was never dark or monstrous as this film makes him seem. Rather the opposite. There was something—well—childlike about him.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012



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Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ Is Honestly Good

Lincoln is inherently a static and talkative subject that Spielberg has triumphed over not through avoidance, but by embrace.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012



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Interminable ‘Flight’ Is Good, but Save Your Miles

“Flight” is a mildly unsatisfying film, chiefly, I think, because we’ve been here before.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012



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Let ‘Argo’ Take You Hostage

I don’t know how much of the picture—beyond its basic premise—is “true.” And, frankly, I don’t give a damn.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012



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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Cult of Personality

The critics simply have too much invested in the still young director to acknowledge that “The Master” has to rank somewhere between a disappointment and a disaster.

Posted on Sep 17, 2012



Warner Bros.

The ‘Dark Knight’: 3 Hours of Apathy

We want it to be good. We certainly don’t want it to be the occasion for tragedy. What we are forced to settle for, though, is aimlessness.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012



AP/Andrew Medichini

Woody’s Latest Riff

There is no reason not to see something like “To Rome With Love.” It’s an amiable film. But it’s also something like a bag full of querulous cats, brimming with comic ideas that only occasionally come together in sustained, well-developed riffs.

Posted on Jun 30, 2012



Paramount

The Good-Natured Dictator

No movie dedicated to Kim Jong Il can be all bad. On the other hand, “The Dictator,” the product of Sacha Baron Cohen, cannot be all good either.

Posted on May 20, 2012



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