David Denby

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Dragon Tattoo Producers Fume Over Good Review

New Yorker publishes piece early

(Newser) - The New Yorker has sparked the ire of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo producer Scott Rudin—with a positive review that calls the film "mesmerizing." Trouble is, the review came out early, a big no-no in an industry where timing is key. Filmmakers want their movies—especially big-ticket... More »

New Critique of Snark Misses the Point

Denby blames the hecklers, fails to see what they're heckling

(Newser) - Give David Denby credit for bravery: He's 65 and the movie critic at the New Yorker, so he “could have written the most concise, insightful, and expertly argued book about snark and still come off like an Internet-age Andy Rooney,” writes Adam Sternbergh of New York Magazine. His... More »

Margot Annoys at the Wedding

'Annoying' or well crafted? Critics are split

(Newser) - The estranged sisters at the heart of Noah Baumbach's talky Margot at the Wedding are well portrayed but just too unlikable to win over most critics. Nicole Kidman's short-story writer Margot, who Newsweek's David Ansen calls a  "brittle nightmare," descends on the wedding of her pregnant sister, Jennifer... More »

Best Memoirs About Money

Get the inside scoop on finance from those who live (and lived) it

(Newser) - Some earn money; some write about it. Some do both. CNN Money recommends these six memoirs about money: getting it, managing it, spending it, and not having enough of it:
  1. The Age of Turbulence by Alan Greenspan
  2. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefevre
  3. American Sucker by David Denby
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