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January 11, 2010 3:17 AM
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criticWIRE This Week: "Fish Tank" Leads Newcomers

A scene from Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank." Image courtesy of IFC Films.

criticWIRE is back with an updated calendar of releases that takes on January and February's specialty films - including a notable duo opening this Friday. More than 100 film critics and bloggers have their own pages on the indieWIRE site. The criticWIRE section includes RSS feeds and links for the individual writer's blog, website and Twitter account, as well as grades for current films and direct links to reviews they've written. The list of critics and graded films will continue to grow, and later this month we will also have criticWIRE feature prominently in our Sundance Film Festival coverage.

Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank" and Michael Hoffman's "The Last Station" both make their theatrical debuts this weekend, though both have already been around for sometime. IFC Films release "Tank" premiered to warm notices and a jury prize at Cannes last May, while Sony Pictures Classics release "Station" has a qualifying run for the Oscars in December and has already received multiple nominations for stars Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer. criticWIRE took on both films, with "Fish Tank" the narrow leader in terms of critical reaction, receiving a "B+" average over "The Last Station"'s "B."

Check out the links below for more extensive takes on both "Fish Tank" and "The Last Station," as well as multiple films that recently opened in theaters.

iW Film Calendar & criticWIRE:
criticWIRE | Opening this week | Opening this month | All Films A - Z

criticWIRE: Films Opening This Week

Fish Tank (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B+

The Last Station (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B


criticWIRE: Films Currently In Theaters

Sweetgrass (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B+

The White Ribbon (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

Police, Adjective (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

The Young Victoria (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

Avatar (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

Youth in Revolt (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

Waiting For Armageddon (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

Daybreakers (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B-

Crazy Heart (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B-

Wonderful World (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B-

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: C+

Nine (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: C

The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: C-

Bitch Slap (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: F

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