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This Week on Criticwire: Books, Blindspots and the Continued Criticism of Everything

  • By Steve Greene
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  • March 31, 2012 12:22 PM
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Here's a refresher on everything from this week on Criticwire.

From the Wire: Reading 'Hunger Games'' Romance

  • By Matt Singer
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  • March 30, 2012 8:14 PM
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"The Hunger Games"
A lot of people have compared "The Hunger Games" and "Twilight" -- one critic takes a closer look.

From the Wire: The Death of the American Action Film

  • By Matt Singer
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  • March 30, 2012 2:31 PM
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Is the American action film is dead? Or is it one good training montage away from a revival?

VODetails: 'The Corridor'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • March 30, 2012 9:38 AM
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This horror film and Fantastic Fest alum is now available on VOD. Is it worth checking out?

Why the Best Movies Still Get Bad Reviews -- And Why That's a Good Thing

  • By Matt Singer
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  • March 29, 2012 7:07 PM
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Critics "get it wrong" all the time. Here's why we're glad they do.

Prose & Conversations: 'Bully' Rating Debating With Tim Grierson and Andrew O'Hehir

  • By Matt Singer
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  • March 29, 2012 1:14 PM
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Two critics. Two opinions. One topic. Sort of like Thunderdome for film critics.

VODetails: 'Open Five'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • March 29, 2012 9:10 AM
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More and more films premiere on Video on Demand -- if they don't simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we're looking at "Open Five," the latest film from director/actor Kentucker Audley, who people used to describe as a mumblecore filmmaker back when people were still described as mumblecore filmmakers. Now I don't know what to call him. Let's just give him his own subgenre: kentuckercore. We'll write the New York Times thinkpiece about it later.

Retro/Active: Rosenbaum on 'A.I. Artificial Intelligence'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • March 28, 2012 5:31 PM
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Defending the much-maligned ending of Spielberg's underrated gem.

Criticwire Picks: 'The Island President' Highlights a Weekend of Dealing with Threats

  • By Steve Greene
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  • March 28, 2012 1:08 PM
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This weekend at the cinema is brought to you by the struggles of youth. Whether the threat is unnamed (emerging sexuality; a faceless, mystical home invader) or, perhaps more shockingly, entirely tangible (other kids), children are at the center of nearly all these tales.

From the Wire: Books to Films and Back

  • By Matt Singer
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  • March 28, 2012 1:04 PM
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How important is faithfulness to the success of a cinematic adaptation of a popular novel?

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