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This Week on Criticwire: Underrated Auteurs, Documentary Biases and Tom Cruise

Photo of Steve Greene By Steve Greene | Criticwire July 7, 2012 at 10:02AM

This Week on Criticwire: Underrated Auteurs, Documentary Biases and Tom Cruise
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Weekend Reel Reads: Artifacts from the Past and Glimpses of the Future: A wide variety of pieces this week stretched from a vintage Truffaut set visit, a look at film preservation and a heartfelt appreciation of the career of late Nora Ephron.

The Criticwire Survey: Underrated Auteurs: In an extended tribute to the late film critic Andrew Sarris, we asked our survey respondents to name the filmmakers who don't get enough credit for fitting into their own version of Sarris' "The American Cinema."

Do Critics Favor Documentaries?: After last week's Best Indies of 2012 So Far list featured top performers from all different categories, the documentaries seemed to fare much better, continuing a recent trend. What is it about the non-fiction films that seem to yield better feedback?

This Week on 'Spoilers,' Kevin Smith Gets Everyone Aroused About 'Magic Mike': Smith's Hulu review show is starting to get into a groove, but that groove seems to be less a discussion about films than a conversation with those who make them.

Tom Cruise: Born to Run: In honor of Cruise's 50th birthday, Matt penned a tribute to the screen icon's intensity, commitment to character and, above all, his exceptional running ability.

When Reboots Don't Exactly Start From Scratch: This week's version of "The Amazing Spider-Man" had one example of cast crossover with the Raimi originals. Add that to the behind-the-scenes staff that worked on both and the "reboot" characterization seems less than fitting.

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back Into the Water, Celebrate July 4th With Vintage 'Jaws' Reviews: Thirty-seven years ago, when Spielberg's classic hit theaters, some critics admired it, some couldn't stand it. Just one more way "Jaws" paved the way for today's blockbusters.

Armond White's Publication Mistakes Fake White Twitter Feed For Real McCoy: It's a simple, understandable error, but the fact that the official CityArts Twitter feed repeatedly referenced a fake Armond White account says a lot about critical identity in the digital age.

Criticwire Picks: 'The Do-Deca Pentathlon' Outlasts the Competition: Of all the upcoming releases this week, the Duplass Brothers' new offering has the highest average among Criticwire members.

A Subtle Complaint About Subtlety Complaints: Metaphor on film has reached a difficult (and likely impossible) situation, where overt usage equals obviousness and the opposite leads to imperceptibility.

VODetails: '2 Days in New York': Critics seem to agree that the new Julie Delpy sequel may not stack up against the original, but it's still an entertaining display of comedic style nonetheless.

Comic Book Fans' Kryptonite: Faulty Assumptions: When an unabashed lover of the Spider-Man character can't write a critical review of a movie adaptation without getting shredded by fellow fans (some of whom haven't even seen it yet!), there are some resultant problems in discourse.

Weird Pull Quote Theater: 'The Magic of Belle Isle': Morgan Freeman is a sorcerer. That is all. 

The Funniest Internet Commenter of the Week for Friday, July 6th: This one's a real headscratcher.

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