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Sutro Press Reissues Five Stars! How to Become a Film Critic, the World's Greatest Job in Its Second Edition

The essential guide to becoming a professional film critic is revised and updated for 2013.

San Francisco, CA, April 02, 2013 --( Following requests from hundreds of readers, Five Stars! How to Become a Film Critic, the World's Greatest Job, has at last been updated and reissued with even more material teaching readers how to get a job in the field of movie criticism. The new Second Edition of the book is available in paperback and in all e-book formats, including Kindle, Nook, iOS, and other e-readers.

Originally published in 2005, Five Stars! has been the go-to guide for aspiring film critics looking for information on how to get started in this exciting field. Written by Christopher Null, a veteran critic with 20 years of experience, the book is a step-by-step guide to the field that teaches readers everything they need to understand how to write movie reviews and earn money for them.

"It was a real surprise to me in updating this book how much things have changed in Hollywood and the film criticism business over the last eight years… but also how the essentials of writing a good review remain exactly the same," said Null. "I think aspiring critics are surprised, when they get down to write a review, just how difficult it can be."

Topics in the revised second edition include:
- Essential film history and how movies are made.
- Writing your first movie review.
- How to get into advance movie screenings -- for free.
- Getting studios to send you free DVDs and Blu-rays, including completely updated contact information for every company.
- Approaching magazine, newspaper, and online editors.
- Launching your own movie review website.
- Building an audience.
- Interviewing celebrities and filmmakers.
- The 300 must-see movies every aspiring critic needs to see.

Packed with 264 pages of material, Five Stars! has received rave reviews from book critics and readers alike. It is widely used as a textbook in university-level film criticism classes and has been lauded for its easy-to-understand prose, breaking down film theory and moviemaking into simple terms, without the usual film snob jargon common in books about film. Approachable by both rank novices and seasoned moviegoers, Five Stars guides you through the basics of the business in language that anyone can understand.

Sutro Press, which published Five Stars!, is a small publisher based in San Francisco.

About the author: Christopher Null has been a professional film critic for 20 years. He founded in 1995 and sold the company to American Movie Classics in 2009. Today he is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the new web site Film Racket; he also works as a freelance writer and editor in San Francisco.

Interviews with the author and review copies available on request. Please specify paperback or electronic version (and preferred platform).

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