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This Week on Criticwire: Entering the 2012 Home Stretch

Photo of Steve Greene By Steve Greene | Criticwire December 2, 2012 at 10:17AM

Between guides for year-end catch-up and for the presents to round out the cinephile holiday season, we try to help prep the last month of the year.
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Weekend Reel Reads: Looking at the Originals on the Page, Screen and Battlefield: The first films to feature war footage and the Wolverines are subjects of last week's film pieces.

The Criticwire Survey: A Film Book Gift Guide: Not only is this week's set of responses a great holiday guide, it's an effective syllabus as well.

Early 'Zero Dark Thirty' Reviews Suggest a Bright Future For the Film With Critics: We might just have a new classic on our hands. 

Discussing 'Hitchcock' and Hitchcock Movies on 'CBS This Morning': Matt and Dana Stevens discussed the film and shared their favorite Hitchcock films for a national morning television audience.

Decades After Critics Left It For Dead, 'Heaven's Gate' Returns on Criterion Blu-ray: For all of its flaws, the film's assets and mythic lore make it a worthwhile watch, even at an imposign runtime.

Film Critic Phil Villareal Laid Off By OKMagazine.com: Another print critic is out of work, but hopefully not for long.

From the Wire: Are Movies Too Long? Or: 'TL;DW': Some films' runtimes can be a hindrance or a disadvantage, but to try to institute an overarching rule about how long they can extend seems counterproductive at best.

Criticwire's Updated Year-End Cheat Sheet: Still catching up on the best of 2012? We've added a few more titles to assist in your insanity thoroughness.

Did Spike Lee Make Two Movies This Year About Michael Jackson?: His film "Red Hook Summer" investigates the themes of flawed idols that was largely absent from his"Bad 25" doc.

From the Wire: Times Editor Quotes Times Critics On Subject of Times Review: The Fieri fallout still raises the issue of whether or not a critic has a responsibilty to consider the potential economic and artistic effects of a particularly savage review.

You Should Read the New Issue of Playboy For the (Film) Articles: This month's issue features a Tarantino interview, a Hitchcock retrospective, a fascinating Jack Nicholson tidbit and a peek into the future projects of Gus van Sant (amidst the usual fare).

First 'Hobbit' Review Praises High Frame Rate: Although the review is mixed on some other elements of the newest return to Middle Earth, the frame rate debate (that's surely only just beginning) gets one vote on the side of 48 fps approval.

Weird Pull Quote Theater: 'Hitchcock': One word can make the difference between endorsed perfection and noticably milder praise.

Criticwire Picks: "Beware of Mr. Baker" Delivers Another Music Doc Hit, Plus: Netflix Docs, Fan Picks & More: A look at legendary drummer Ginger Baker is the next in a long line of effective and successful music docs released in 2012.

How is Joss Whedon Not the Entertainer of the Year?: Between "Cabin in the Woods," a documentary and a pair of tremendous viral videos, Whedon had plenty more to add to his yearlong resume than "The Avengers."

This Week's Year-End Catch-Up Capsules: A somber Norwegian adventure, an animated success and a Hollywood dark comedy all vie for Matt's Top Ten list.

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