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An 'Olympus Has Fallen' Crosstalk With Singer & Ryan

  • By Matt Singer
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  • March 25, 2013 11:40 AM
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Once in a while, a movie comes along that is too entertainingly weird to let pass without comment. When that happens, The Huffington Post's Mike Ryan and I jump on GChat and then post the needlessly detailed, necessarily joke-filled results for your amusement. This time, we're discussing "Olympus Has Fallen" (Current Criticwire average: C) -- a.k.a. "'Die Hard' in the White House" -- starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, and some exceedingly questionable special effects. When terrorists take over the White House and kidnap the President, it's up to Butler's disgraced Secret Service agent to rescue his old boss and restore America's faith in its ability to destroy the countries it disagrees with.

The Criticwire Survey: Overrated Masterpieces

  • By Matt Singer
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  • March 25, 2013 10:06 AM
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  • 64 Comments
What beloved classic do you dislike? Or maybe even hate? That's the subject of this week's Criticwire Survey.

Weekend Reel Reads: Cinematic Locales and Writers' Two Cents

  • By Steve Greene
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  • March 24, 2013 12:18 PM
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Trips to Las Vegas, Bhutan and Austin are all on this weekend's Reel Reads itinerary. Also, a few pieces take a closer look at some classics through the prism of some recent releases.

Division Division: 'The Comedy'

  • By Forrest Cardamenis
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  • March 22, 2013 6:30 PM
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The Comedy: Disgusting portrayal of a privileged lifestyle or a critique of one?

Watch: Criticwire's Guide to the Free Kurosawa Films on Hulu (VIDEO)

  • By Forrest Cardamenis
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  • March 22, 2013 5:56 PM
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Nobody's celebrating Akira Kurosawa's birthday better than Hulu this weekend. In honor of the late director's 103rd birthday, all Kurosawa films are free on Hulu until midnight tomorrow.

Critics Love Comparing 'Spring Breakers' to a Fever Dream

  • By Matt Singer
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  • March 22, 2013 2:27 PM
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The weird part is I didn't call it a fever dream and I HAD A FEVER when I saw the movie.

Ebertfest 2013 Lineup Announced

  • By Matt Singer
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  • March 22, 2013 1:48 PM
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"Escape From Tomorrow"
Other highlights include "Bernie" with guests Richard Linklater and Jack Black and a rare chance to see "Days of Heaven" on the big screen.

The Review Report for Friday, March 22nd

  • By Forrest Cardamenis
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  • March 22, 2013 12:02 PM
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Lots of new releases today, but not a ton of new reviews. The big reason, it seems, is that none of these new releases are doing particularly well with critics, many of them falling in in the "C" and low "B" area of our Criticwire scale. Nonetheless, with so many choices, you're bound to find something that works for you.

When the 'Perfect' Ending Isn't a Happy One

  • By Steve Greene
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  • March 22, 2013 11:30 AM
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The new movie "Admission" features an ending that's both narratively and realistically satisfying. But will audiences respond to it enough to bring about more like it?
More: Admission

Watch: Judd Apatow Talks About Taking On His Twitter Critics with Jimmy Fallon

  • By Matt Singer
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  • March 22, 2013 10:29 AM
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Here's how he deals with people who tweet negative reviews to him.

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