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This Week on Criticwire: Ranking the Best and Making Criticism Personal

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by Steve Greene
May 5, 2012 3:07 PM
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Weekend Reel Reads: 'Halo,' Charlie Chaplin and More: The weekly roundup of intriguing tales of film includes stories about the nature of artistic rights.

The Criticwire Survey: The Sight & Sound Greatest Film Poll: This week's task? Take a look at the most recent list of the Top Ten Films of All Time and replace one with another of your choosing.

More Notes on the Sight & Sound Film Poll: Matt takes a look at the survey responses and delves into the common areas and the divergences.

From the Wire: Rating Richard Linklater's Films: At Slate, Seth Stevenson wrote a piece ranking every Linklater film, which led to an interesting look at the filmmaker's work.

Luring Moviegoers Back To Theaters Apparently Doesn't Involve Improving the Theatrical Experience: Even though Claude Brodesser-Akner's piece in Vulture offers some insight into how to strengthen box office returns, we may be missing the real issue: making the movie-watching aspect better.

Criticwire at Tribeca: The Top Films and Performances Poll: "Yossi," "Your Sister's Sister" and Val Kilmer garnered some of the biggest responses from our Criticwire members on the ground in Manhattan last week.

From the Wire: On the Pleasures of Direct-to-Video: Long maligned as a dumping ground for less-than-worthy cinematic offerings, DTV might be the last bastion for a type of action film that seems to have otherwise disappeared.

Master Aggregator David Hudson Joins Fandor: As one of the best in the business changes sites, we acknowledge his contributions to the field.

Being Right About How Opinions Can't Be Wrong: Matt responds to Todd Gilchrist's response to his assertion about the nature of being "right" and "wrong" in the world of film criticism.

From the Wire: How to Write an 'Avengers' Review: If you must subject yourself to the whims of "Avengers" fan love across the Internet, John Keefer's post may offer some helpful tips.

Criticwire Picks: A Pair of Docs Lead the Way: "First Position" and "Last Call at the Oasis" have some of the strongest feedback of this weekend's new releases.

The Best Reviewed Movie Franchises of All Time: Even though the categorization of a franchise is somewhat murky, examining the ones that have received the best returns reveals an interesting trend.

Weird Pull Quote Theater: 'The Wicker Tree': This unique installment of our occasional series is "one that you will never see on any other blog!" (Yes, you can quote us on that.)

The Ten Most Hilarious Comments on 'Avengers' Reviews: Includes such gems as "you gave a good review to Twilight... your review is invalid."

Samuel L. Jackson Attacks New York Times Critic A.O. Scott Over His 'Avengers' Review: What could have decomposed into a nasty new-media feud actually blossomed into a thoughtful, teachable moment on the relationship between a critic and his target.

A Selected History of Sam Jackson's The New York Times Reviews: If there's a correlation between reviews in the Times that span multiple critics, this is the raw data to draw it from.

3-D Press Screenings Cause Problems All Over the Country: It's a problem not just restricted to "The Avengers," which raises questions about the consistency of the medium in general.

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