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This Week on Criticwire: The Next Wave of Year-End Praise

Photo of Steve Greene By Steve Greene | Criticwire December 9, 2012 at 9:44AM

Critics groups awards season is upon us and with them come scores of early reviews for the films destined to overtake theaters nationwide in 2012's final weeks.
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Weekend Reel Reads: Connecting Films to the Real World: Most of this week's notable stories from around the web managed to draw real-life parallels to the events that happen on-screen.

The Criticwire Survey: The Best Performance of the Year: The heavy hitters are well represented, but the mixed bag of performances covers a wide range of styles and sensibilities.

Sight & Sound Critics Poll Pick 'The Master': Their list largely eschews the mainstream, but it does offer plenty of potential for the next few months of releases.

'Zero Dark Thirty' Tops New York Film Critics Circle Awards: The NYFCC took their time this year, but when they announced the winners, Bigelow and Co. came out on top.

Early 'Hobbit' Reviews Hit the Internet: They range from the tepid to the vibrant, giving hope to the die-hards while managing some expectations.

Watch the First Review of 'Django Unchained' (That We've Found, Anyway): Their opinion of the film is presented with few examples where their enthusiasm was tempered.

VODetails: 'Dying to Do Letterman': This tale of a comic on his quest for late-night glory might be worth your VODollars.

The Problem With 'Worst of the Year' Lists: Let's be honest. The real worst films of the year don't end up making most of those lists.

'Taken 2' Ad Banned By UK Watchdog Group For Alleged Use of Fake Critics' Quotes: This incident was Weird Pull Quote Theater writ large.

'Glengarry Glen Ross' Broadway Revival Accused of Trying to 'Avoid Critical Scrutiny': In a development often found in the film industry, there might not be a monetary reason to preview the popular show.

Darren Aronofsky Says Negative Variety Review Sent 'The Fountain' Into a "Tailspin": Whether or not the director's assessment is accurate, it does bring into question whether critics should review artists they're predisposed to not liking.

When Bad Accents Happen to Good Actors: Ten of the more cringeworthy lilts from respected thespians (plus a bonus Keanu)!

Most Early 'Les Miserables' Reviews Definitely Not Miserable: Despite the unimpressive Criticwire rating, there seems to be plenty to look forward to from the new musical.

Roger Ebert Hospitalized After Fracturing Hip: Have no fear: he seems to be back online and in good spirits.

Barbed Wire: 'Playing for Keeps': Critics have really seized on the alternate title theme, producing some classics in the process.

Criticwire Picks: Like 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'? 'Tchoupitoulas' is Another Successful Trip to New Orleans: The Ross Brothers' new documentary charts the journey of three brothers over the course of a single New Orleans night (and has brought critics along with them).

This Week's Year-End Catch-Up Capsules: Be prepared for a look at one of the most infectious dance films you'll ever see.

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