Let me second the kudos for Richard Dyer as a percepive critic, though I
would point out the caveat offered by Mikel Koven ("Although an academic,
his articles in Sight and Sound and his books are quite accessable" [sic])
gets to the heart of the matter of the "readability" of academic critics.
Similarly, Maurice Yacowar (whom I have had the pleasure of meeting) is
indeed a very good, very readable scholar/critic.  His books on Woody Allen
and Mel Brooks are models of solid, readable, interesting criticism within
a, basically, academic forum.
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