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This Week on Criticwire: Welcome to 2013

This Week on Criticwire: Welcome to 2013

The Criticwire Survey: The Most Anticipated Movies of 2013: Our respondents made selections from all over the year’s release calendar, from blockbusters to secretive indies.

My Movie-Related New Year’s Resolution: As the industry shifts more towards speculative content, Matt resolves to celebrate the established, known quantities of the past.

The Winner of Criticwire’s Great Fall Movie Wager Is… me! So expect a lot of Dugan-related gloriousness from Matt in the near future.

Barbed Wire: ‘Parental Guidance’: Any film that has the line “Come out, come out, Mr. Doody.” probably was destined to be on this list.

VODetails: ‘Little Birds’: Apparently, not the easiest film to endure, a few critics have found merit with the new on-demand indie.

Start 2013 With a Pair of Promising Film Sites: The Completist and Movie Mezzanine mark two different, but intriguing new additions to the great online blogroll.

See Who Voted for Which Film’s in Indiewire’s Critics Poll: A new feature helps makes the huge data pool more interactive for countdown-inclined readers.

‘The Master’ Remastered: Frustrated in your search for meaning in “The Master?” Well, that might just be the point.

The Best Writing About ‘Django Unchained’ So Far: A helpful collection of writers from all backgrounds and enthusiasm levels, for those who enjoyed the film and those who…didn’t.

From the Wire: Critics as ‘Morally Engaged Users’: When discussing films with a historical bent, a recent piece at Reverse Shot argues that critics may have a duty beyond evalutating a film on an aesthetic level.

Will Critics Regret Trashing ‘The Hobbit?’: If prejudices based on background knowledge of the source material is the main determining factor, perhaps we will. But even so, as an individual piece of cinema, there are still holes in its quality.

The Other Best Films of 2012: The past year in film was so exceptional, a simple Top Ten list will not suffice!

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