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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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Now Playing at Hollywood Video: First Rites Screening Series

With an enormous glut of independent films being financed and produced every year, there’s no way for all to catch the big brass ring. There’s not enough theater space to accommodate everyone. To be fair, this is both good and…

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Heroes of filmcritic.com: J.T. Walsh

Oftentimes, I’ll be watching a movie where some ham actor is ruining a perfectly good villain, and I’ll think to myself that this is a role J.T. Walsh should have played. Walsh, who was only 54 when he died in…

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Halfway to Hell: filmcritic.com’s Mid-Year Roundup, 2001

We’re six lonely months into 2001, a time of such pathetically dismal cinema that I feel akin to Scatman Crothers roving the halls of the Overlook. ‘Hello? Anybody here? HELLOOOOOOO? ANYBODY HERE?’ Instead of Jack Nicholson jumping out with an…

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The Disney Industrial Complex and “Atlantis: The Lost Empire”

Say what you will, but the Disney juggernaut is a sight to behold. Recently, filmcritic.com sat down with a few of the biggest names in Disney, to discuss its big 2001 summer release (Atlantis) and the future of animation as…

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The 2001 Gen Art Film Festival

Manhattan’s Gen Art Film Festival (www.genart.org, May 2-8, 2001) operates on a unique premise – ‘7 premieres, 7 parties’ – and so its unique, condensed structure puts some pressure on it. With only seven features films playing (each accompanied by…

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