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This Week on Criticwire: Sundance Wrap-Up and Protective Filmmakers

This Week on Criticwire: Sundance Wrap-Up and Protective Filmmakers

The Criticwire Survey: The Worst Movie Ever Made: Oliver Stone may not be happy that one of this week’s most popular responses is “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”

Peter Farrelly to Critics: “Back Off” ‘Movie 43’: The film has drawn ire from critics across the country for its juvenile nature, but does it somehow deserve more than it’s getting?

Steven Soderbergh Doesn’t Read Reviews; Compares Film Criticism to Air Guitar: He hasn’t read reviews of his films since “Traffic,” partly because he believes the form has no room for improvement.

VODetails: ‘Citadel’: The new British horror film has some critical fans, but might be getting bogged down by its class-system subtext.

Highlights from a Walter Hill Q&A: The “Bullet to the Head” director shares his favorite films, how he might remake some of his own, and why he never discusses the greatest living filmmakers. 

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love ‘The World Brain’: Amidst the backdrop of the New Frontier, the new documentary represents a curious example of making a piece of art about technology while being “unplugged” from it.

From the Wire: A Nun and a Film Critic: An increasing number of film critics at spiritual-based publications are finding thoughtful ways to engage with difficult subjects. 

An MIT Student at Sundance 2013: There’s a number of innovative technologies on display at Sundance, but they’re only as good as the minds behind them. 

Criticwire’s Sundance Film Festival Survey: Over 40 critics contributed to our look at the best films and performances in Park City this year.

VidCritz: ‘Sucker Punch’ Reconsidered: Zack Snyder’s film may be a complex tale of questionable female participation, but does understanding it better necessarily translate to appreciating/liking it more?

From the Wire: Eff Deliberate Mediocrity: A small treatise on why some bad movies don’t serve anyone, and why that’s worse than an “F.”

Toward a Unified Theory of Rambo Movies: If you remove III and IV in the series, it’s difficult to find a way to connect the two disparate first installments, thematically and tonally.

Philadelphia Weekly Cuts Capsule Reviews: The newspaper’s new budgetary plans have led to a re-working of their review plans. (Now updated.)

VODetails: ‘Day of the Falcon’: There’s some disagreement on its merit, but the overall consensus is that it’s a throwback of sorts.

A Good Day to Win All Four ‘Die Hard’ Movies on Blu-Ray: Send us an example of the best “Die Hard” criticism and you could win! (You don’t even have to walk across broken glass!)

Ed Koch, New York’s Mayoral Movie Critic, Passes Away at the Age of 88: Sample some of the man’s criticism in a number of different media. 

The Review Report for Friday, February 1st: We look at “Bullet to the Head,” “Warm Bodies,” “The Gatekeepers,” and “Koch.”  

Division Division: ‘The Impossible’: Forrest Cardamenis looks at the divisive elements of J.A. Bayona’s latest films, with the critics on either side. 

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