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Review: For the Love of Movies

Why do some people get to watch movies for a living?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 9, 2009
3.5 3.5 Stars

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Like Trekkies and other documentaries that examine what makes particular nerd legions tick, For the Love of Movies beams viewers to a planet that outsiders only think they know about. But in interviewing his subjects — a score of movie critics — Phoenix critic Gerald Peary does much more than just provoke condescending quotes about pedestrian favorites like Titanic. In a feat fit for civilians and fellow arbiters alike, Peary traces film criticism to its birth and examines movements, trends, and eras that have since evolved, with an emphasis on the feud between Andrew Sarris and Pauline Kael. Harlan Jacobson of Talk Cinema delivers a gem for the biggest question of all: why do some people get to watch movies for a living? "It's like why is Derek Jeter playing for the Yankees and you're not," says Jacobson. "I got the job."

ICA: APRIL 27 at 7 PM | WITH DIRECTOR GERALD PEARY

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