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At UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater this past Saturday, Boston Phoenix critic and filmmaker Gerald Peary confessed to a crowd that included David Ehrenstein and David Ansen and filmmakers Mel Stuart (the original "Willy Wonka") and Allan Arkush ("Rock 'n' Roll High School") that it's been 16 years since he's last been in Los Angeles. Here's hoping the discussion that followed, coming after a screening of his doc about film criticism "For the Love of Movies," doesn't scare him from coming back.

On a panel moderated by Anne Thompson, Peary sat idly by for most of the lively hour-long talk that involved Vogue's John Powers, former L.A. Weekly and current NPR critic Ella Taylor, former Christian Science Monitor critic David Sterritt and current Csm critic Peter Rainer. But it was now-retired Time critic Richard Schickel who took center stage, both literally and figuratively, with his admission that he never really loved movies, »

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