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Critics Slam 'White Messiah' Avatar as Racist

Director accused of perpetuating colonial stereotypes

(Newser) - Avatar employs cutting-edge technology but its storyline is outdated and racist, say critics outraged on behalf of the movie's fictional race of blue-skinned aliens. By having a white American rescue the race, it perpetrates the "white Messiah" myth and suggests non-whites can't help themselves, say critics, including David Brooks... More »

Avatar Amazes and Awes

Cameron's comeback 'the most vivid fantasy world seen on screen'

(Newser) - James Cameron's sci-fi epic Avatar has been hailed as the future of filmmaking and the stunning fantasy world he has created more than lives up to the hype, say impressed critics.
  • "Avatar delivers," writes Steven Rea at the Philadelphia Inquirer . "Combining beyond-state-of-the-art moviemaking with a tried-and-true storyline
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Early Buzz Positive After Avatar Premiere

Reviewers can't weigh in just yet on Cameron's 3-D epic

(Newser) - James Cameron's Avatar had its world premiere in London last night, and audience members and critics are sworn to secrecy for now. Based on the inevitable leaks and pseudo-reviews, the 3-D epic is pretty good:
  • Anna Keir, the Independent : It's "rather good. Surprisingly, for a film this rich in
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6 Reasons Avatar Will Suck

Does anyone else see the Jar Jar Binks similarities?

(Newser) - James Cameron’s follow-up to the hugely successful Titanic has been eagerly anticipated for more than 10 years—and when Avatar finally arrives, it will be...completely awful. Richard Rushfield explains why for Gawker :
  1. Directors’ dream projects typically fall flat: See: Spielberg’s 1941, Lucas’s The Phantom Menace.
  2. Speaking
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Fox Sitting Pretty With Avatar—Even if It Flops

Studio—and Cameron—hedged bets on $500M megapicture

(Newser) - James Cameron’s 3D game-changer Avatar may end up costing upwards of $500 million to produce and market, but, strangely, no one at the studio is losing sleep over the possibility of a flop. The business just isn’t the same as it used to be, when the collapse of... More »

Cameron's Avatar May Be a Revolution

Director recalls drama of earlier films, inspiration for return to the big screen

(Newser) - People always seem to want James Cameron to fail, most notably when he embarked upon the $200 million adventure of making Titanic. Suffice it to say that the pressure is on for his $230 million 3-D epic Avatar, marking a return to the big screen after 12 years without a... More »

Avatar Aims to Be Bigger Than Star Wars

15 minutes of James Cameron's 3-D stunner shown to 100K

(Newser) - Fox threw caution to the wind and screened 15 minutes of Avatar, not due out until December, to 100,000 people in theaters across the country last night. Audiences for James Cameron's 3-D groundbreaker were enthusiastic, the New York Times reports, if not as blown away as Cameron needs them... More »

Film Sneak Peeks Thrill Comic-Con Fans

(Newser) - Some 125,000 giddy comic book fans converged on the San Diego Convention Center over the weekend to jockey for a spot at the film portion Comic-Con to get tantalizing sneak peeks at upcoming movies and hear insiders rave about projects. USA Today reports a few of the tantalizing tidbits... More »

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