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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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On September 11

First, let me assure readers that critics from the New York branch of filmcritic.com (myself, Gordon Bass, Pete Croatto, Larry Getlen, and Rachel Gordon) are safe, if shaken, by this indescribable tragedy. Witnesses described the World Trade Center and Pentagon…

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Summer 2001: The Studio That Would Be King

The billboards have been taken down, the endless parade of TV spots has stopped, the lines around the block are now non-existent, and the summer movie fiasco of 2001 has come to a close. With too much time on our…

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Brushing up on Shakespeare with Campbell Scott

An avid fan of Shakespeare since age 12, I jumped on the opportunity to see the latest version of Hamlet, co-directed by Campbell Scott and Eric Simonson. Having watched Mr. Scott during eclectic performances from Mrs. Parker and the Vicious…

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Heroes of filmcritic.com: Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet. Every male I know wants her and many women would like to switch places with her. Why? Because not only is she a talented actress, she is beautiful without succumbing to model measurements, brainy, and speaks with an…

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Respectfully, Yours: Four Critics Review the Reviewers

While we generally adhere to the one movie, one review principle, from time to time, we give equal time to two critics when opinions diverge greatly (see Mission: Impossible 2 and Thirteen Days for examples). But lately, some of the…

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The Brad Anderson Sessions: On “Session 9” and “Happy Accidents”

Brad Anderson’s character-driven horror film Session 9 charts the deteriorating mental states of a waste management team as they clear out an abandoned, dilapidated asylum. Shot in and around an actual Victorian-era mental hospital in Danvers, Massachusetts, it remains ambivalent…

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Heroes of Filmcritic.com: Christopher Walken

As our resident bogeyman, Christopher Walken has built up a creepy and eclectic repertoire of anxious, vaguely psychotic jitters over the years. With his sinister faraway stare and completely haphazard inflections, he’s often brilliantly typecast as some bizarre archangel of…

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The Old Ultra-Non-Violence: Steven Spielberg’s “A.I.” is the Real Horrorshow

‘It’s funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen.’ -A Clockwork Orange In contemporary cinema, we associate ‘disturbing’ cinema with images that unsettle us, usually in the form of…

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