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

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by Steve Greene
February 16, 2013 9:52 AM
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Weekend Reel Reads: Behind-the-Scenes Videos and Talking Heads: Richard Pryor, "The Gatekeepers," slapstick comedy, David Byrne and "Birth of a Nation" are finally in the same blog post at last.

The Criticwire Survey: Critics and Twitter: As usual, there's not much of a consensus. Instead, there's a thoughtful explanation of the "proper" role of Twitter when it comes to immediate post-screening usage.

Rex Reed Responds to Criticism Over 'Identity Thief' Review: But does that dismiss the content of the original review that caused such a firestorm?

SSRIcho: Did something about "Side Effects" seem familiar? Matt shares his list of similarities between the new Soderbergh film and a Hitchcock classic. 

A Good Day to Read 'Die Hard' Criticism: We presented a contest, and the readers responded. Here are some of the best picks from what they sent in.

From the Wire: The Enduring Appeal of 'Die Hard' Knock-Offs: Even though the original took the action film to its logical conclusion, there's no shame in trying to rework it in other environments.

New and Reviewed on DVD For February 13th: We give a brief snapshot of some of this week's notable DVD releases.

Do Film Critics Tweet Too Much?: Perhaps instantaneous feedback isn't the most appropriate way to evaluate an artistic pursuit many years in the making. But that doesn't mean that the critical conversation on social media is counterproductive.

Ken Tucker, TV Critic, Departs Entertainment Weekly: News of him leaving the magazine only serves as a reminder of his ability to deftly combine the twin practices of critiquing and championing.

Making a Trailer First and a Movie Second: The curious neglect of one particular character from the trailer to film version of "A Good Day to Die Hard" is as damning a detail as any.

From the Wire: The Difference Between 'Die Hard' Then and Now: John McLane's indestructability is one of the main reasons why the latest installment fails to capture the essence of the original.

How to Pick a Valentine's Day Movie: On the special day with your special someone, go with a film that the two of you will love. 

An Interview With Michelle Orange on Her Book of Essays and the State of Film Criticism: Orange's latest collection of writing offers multiple case studies in perserverance, both inside and outside of the screening room.

The Review Report for Friday, February 15th: Some diverse company in this week's slate, as there's the latest efforts from auteurs and Nicholas Sparks.

"Don't Trust Film Critics!" Say Users of Film Criticism Website: As with the controversy surrounding "The Dark Knight Rises," Rotten Tomatoes commenters have once again rallied around a curious rejection of critical opinion.

Division Division: 'Like Someone in Love': Abbas Kiarostami's new film could be a masterpiece...or a colossal post-"Certified Copy" letdown. Some critics aren't quite sure.

From the Wire: When Spoilers Become Selling Points: The wacky twist ending of "Safe Haven" has at least a few people who intitially dismissed the film intrigued to see it.

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