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Videos for Valentine’s

For some of us, Valentine’s Day is a holiday full of love, kindness and blissful intimacy. To a lot of other people, the day is about as welcome as a kick in the shin. Some of us are stuck in…

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Dreading Hannibal: Thoughts on Breaking the “Silence”

‘I’m 80, I’ve been in the movie business over 30 years, and I know this: The only thing that matters is a good director and a good story. With those two things, I could play Starling. Within two minutes the…

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Of Human Bondage: The 2001 Human Rights Watch Film Festival

The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival was created in 1988 to advance public education on human rights issues and concerns using the medium of film. Each year, the festival exhibits the finest human rights films and videos in theaters…

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Morality, Complicated: A Sean Penn Retrospective

Sean Penn one of Hollywood’s bad boys. At least that’s what they say. He has punched out photographers and doesn’t bother to defend his difficulties with authority or reporters. He is an acclaimed actor who takes eclectic roles, from death…

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2001 Down Under: A New Zealand Film Odyssey

The geography of New Zealand is eclectic, with tropical rainforests only a few hundred miles from vast golden beaches or metropolitan cities. It makes perfect sense that Peter Jackson is filming The Lord of the Rings trilogy in his home…

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In Brief: Berlin and Beyond 2001

One of the most unique German language film festivals on the West Coast, the Berlin and Beyond film festival provides Bay Area moviegoers with a chance to enjoy recent European cinema of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Presented by the Goethe…

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Berlin and Beyond Outtakes – “Out of Tibet”

In conversation with Solveig Klaßen, creator of Out of Tibet which we screened at Berlin and Beyond 2001… The story told in your film is a story of two very unusual people, both of whom find it impossible to live…

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Berlin and Beyond Outtakes – “Perfect Site”

In a conversation with the director Sören Voigt, actor-singer Michi Fanselow, and composer Rainer Kirchmann, filmcritic.com talked with the filmmakers about the creation of Voigt’s first feature film, Perfect Site from the Berlin and Beyond 2001 film festival. First of…

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The Year in Film – 2000

It’s hard to believe, but in 2000, we reviewed somewhere in the neighborhood of 260 films at filmcritic.com. But the truly unfathomable thing is not the sheer number of releases, but rather that the vast majority of them were not…

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What’s So Great About Steven Soderbergh?

Steven Soderbergh has had one hell of a year, having achieved some much-deserved exposure for his mainstream breakthroughs, Erin Brockovich and Traffic. More impressive is that he hasn’t backed down from his experimental, irreverent approach to filmmaking. Independent single mom…

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