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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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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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