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Failure of The Master to wow box office has critics bemoaning the state of the industry, but Tom Shone thinks things are fine

There's been a lot of death-of-film talk recently, as there often is when the first leaves of fall bid their first, golden adieus. "I'm made crazy by the way the business structure of movies is now constricting the art of movies," fumed David Denby in The New Republic after a summer which steamrolled one action blockbuster after another into a single strip of blurry, brazen fury.

In the same magazine, David Thomson also found himself haunted by thoughts of cinema's imminent demise, after careful examination of the Sight & Sound top 10 had revealed not a single film released after 1968. "If they are not quite dead, the cinema and the movies sink deeper than ever into their preoccupation with dying," he wrote, his one caveat the result of having »

- Tom Shone

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