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This Week on Criticwire: Lingering Thoughts on Gotham and ‘Beasts’

This Week on Criticwire: Lingering Thoughts on Gotham and 'Beasts'

The Criticwire Survey: Movie Theater Memories: After the events of last week, our respondents shared the many happy moments that they’ve had at a theater, whether it was packed with excitement or empty for optimum film absorption.

Fernando Mereilles Calls ‘360’ Review “Irresponsible” and “Destructive”: If a particular review caused the film’s screenwriter to nearly switch career paths, does the director have a point?

‘Dark Knight Rises’ Death Threats Now Inspiring Poetry: Early last week, it seemed the threats against critics were covered from every possible dimension. Now, we can say that definitively.

From the Wire: ‘I’m Still Here’ and the Brothers Phoenix: A new essay by Christopher Glasek about the Joaquin Phoenix documentary sheds new light on why the whole project might have been misunderstood upon its release.

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild,’ Pro and Con: Weighing the Arguments Around the Most Divisive Films of the Year: As Matt explains with many examples of both scathing and laudatory analyses, Benh Zeitlin’s film is being praised for many of the same reasons as it’s being panned.

The Best ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Writing So Far: From examinations of the film’s final minutes to explanations of the entire film’s political underpinnings, Matt collected ten of the best pieces of writing on the latest Batman film.

Meet the Members of the Locarno Critics Academy: Eight aspiring critics will be traveling to Switzerland to help in our Locarno coverage. Here are some of their vital details.

Who Does Bane From ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Sound Like?: My favorite: “like he’s ordering mass destruction on a drive-thru intercom.”

Criticwire Picks: ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ Finds Strong Feedback: Our look at this week’s upcoming releases finds yet another Sundance documentary earning top-spot honors.

Weird Pull Quote Theater: ‘My Way’ (Again!): America’s favorite recurring blog feature is back! Greatest thing about it is that this is the film’s second apearance.

Nitpicking the ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Nitpickers: Perhaps an unpacking of a film’s plot holes is more subjective that having a baseline critical opinion, but does it benefit the larger analytical discussion?

VODetails: ‘Klown’: The Danish sex comedy is drawing both raves and mild approval. Are either of them enough to convince you to spend your money on it?

The Funniest Internet Commenter of the Week For Friday, July 27th: Beware of using grammatical errors when calling someone out for having grammatical errors.

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