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Heroes of filmcritic.com: William Holden

William Holden is a name unknown to most of the general public these days. A prolific actor working within and outside the Hollywood system for close to 40 years and starring in more than 70 movies, Holden’s mug was plastered…

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Documenting Life: A Conversation with D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus

It’s impossible to discuss the cinema verite movement without taking the work of this illustrious pair into account. From politics to music, the husband-wife team of D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus have been able to not only capture pivotal events,…

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Monster Mash: Halloween Movies at filmcritic.com

With Halloween right around the corner, movie buffs are sure to seek out their favorite scary movies. But what if Night of the Living Dead, Halloween, The Wolf Man, and Frankenstein have already been snatched off the video rack?…

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Noises in the Woods: The 2001 Mill Valley Film Festival

What a treat. This year’s Mill Valley Film Festival (just north of San Francisco) gave us a variety of studio-funded Oscar contenders, intriguing and insightful documentaries, and quirky foreign films — not to mention a slew of guest appearances and…

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Richard Linklater: Still Pushing the Envelope

If not one of the founding fathers of independent film, Richard Linklater is at least one of the uncles. Ten years ago, he took a camera and walked up and down the streets of his hometown Austin, Texas, to produce…

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Critics’ Conversation: The 2001 New York Film Festival

JEREMIAH KIPP: After the summer of our discontent, it was quite refreshing to have so many good (even great) movies emerge from the 39th Annual New York Film Festival. There were a lot of strong foreign films, but arguably the…

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Naomi Watts Chases Hollywood Dreams Along “Mulholland Drive”

Australian actress Naomi Watts (Tank Girl) portrays a wholesome young starlet eager to fulfill her Hollywood dreams in David Lynch’s latest noir fantasia, Mulholland Drive. Betty Elms, fresh off the plane from Canada, finds herself temporarily diverted from her earnest,…

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Diamond in the Rough: Director Daniel M. Cohen

Diamond Men skillfully navigates the emerging friendship of nearly burnt out old-timer Eddie Miller (Robert Forster) and cocky young Bobby Walker (Donnie Wahlberg) as they take to the road as jewelry salesman. As Eddie teaches Bobby his professional trade, he…

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Gross, to the Max: “Tremors 3” Star Michael Gross

There’s something empowering in watching men triumph over monsters, which explains the popularity of Universal Studios’ endless sequels to Frankenstein, Dracula, and The Wolf Man throughout World War II. The cult classic Tremors, featuring a small desert community under attack…

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From Lecter to “L.I.E.”: The Brian Cox Interview

‘The name sounds familiar but the face escapes me.’ That’s what most people would say about the prolific film, television, and theater actor Brian Cox. With a distinguished stage career in the U.K. spanning four decades, Brian Cox first entered…

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