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Critics Pick the Best of the Berlin Film Festival (With a Few Surprises)

  • By Steve Greene
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  • February 19, 2013 3:12 PM
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Berlin International Film Festival
This year's Berlin International Film Festival, but that only means that there are some fascinating films and performances now starting their journeys to wider audiences.

From the Wire: Schwarzbaum on a Film Critic's Mission

  • By Matt Singer
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  • February 19, 2013 12:58 PM
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"Read with an open mind, watch movies with an open mind, and use the places where we diverge as inspiration for an ongoing conversation about this ever-changing medium we love together."

Donald Richie, Author and Critic, Dies at 88

  • By Matt Singer
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  • February 19, 2013 11:10 AM
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Richie's books on Japanese cinema became required reading for film students.

VODetails: 'Red Flag'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • February 19, 2013 10:03 AM
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Is one of Alex Karpovsky's new movies worth your VODollars? (And yes, he has a couple of new movies. Plural.)
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The "Notscars" For Best Stuntwork (VIDEO)

  • By Matt Singer
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  • February 18, 2013 2:33 PM
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How should we award great stuntwork -- and what were last year's most award-worthy titles?

The Criticwire Survey: A New Oscar Category

  • By Matt Singer
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  • February 18, 2013 10:02 AM
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What award needs to be added to the Academy Awards? That's the topic of this week's Criticwire Survey.

Weekend Reel Reads: Flynn, Ford & Felons

  • By Steve Greene
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  • February 17, 2013 2:02 PM
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This week's collection of film writing from around the Internet looks at great pieces that salute cinematographers, investigate gangster movie stars and encapsulate the roller-coaster life of an on-screen swashbuckler.

This Week on Criticwire: A Good Week to Talk Critical Issues (and a Certain Bruce Willis Franchise)

  • By Steve Greene
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  • February 16, 2013 9:52 AM
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This week marks a new release from a cinematic hero whose output has spanned multiple decades. That's right: there's a new Kiarostami movie in theaters!

From the Wire: When Spoilers Become Selling Points

  • By Matt Singer
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  • February 15, 2013 7:03 PM
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The end of "Safe Haven" sounds so bonkers, I almost want to see it.

Division Division: 'Like Someone In Love'

  • By Forrest Cardamenis
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  • February 15, 2013 1:40 PM
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“Like Someone In Love,” the latest film from director Abbas Kiarostami, has had a bumpy path to recognition. When it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last May, it garnered mostly mixed-to-negative reviews. Writing for The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw called it “frustrating” and stated that the film ends right when the drama gets interesting. Variety's Guy Lodge called it a “more austere and less intellectual” twin to Kiarostami’s previous film, “Certified Copy.”  So far, so not so good.

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