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The “Divine Secrets” of Fionnula Flanagan and Shirley Knight

Like their counterparts in Callie Khouri’s Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Fionnula Flanagan and Shirley Knight were recently in Atlanta for a screening of a significant picture. No, not Gone With the Wind, which the Ya-Yas attended in 1939,…

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The Boys in Company Woo: Christian Slater, Roger Willie, and John Woo on “Windtalkers”

Leading the charge in filming Windtalkers is action maestro John Woo, best known for flying doves and two-fisted gun battles in numerous outstanding action films on both sides of the might Pacific pond. Accompanying the Woo-man into the jungles of…

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Cha-Cheng! “Hollywood Ending” Star Barney Cheng at the Cannes Film Festival

Last week, I awoke from my newly unemployed slumber, poured a cup of coffee, and switched on my computer as usual, discovering a peculiar e-mail from one Barney Cheng with a subject line reading ‘Greetings from Cannes.’ Wait a minute,…

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Asian Holiday: The 2002 San Francisco International Film Festival

During its most recent two weeks of cinematic bliss, the San Francisco International Film Festival continues to stand as both a contemporary exploration of world cinema, showcasing the still-vigorous spirit of independent filmmaking at its finest. Mixing together mainstream fodder,…

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Mirabelle: Our Afternoon with Mira Sorvino

With parts ranging from a squeaky-voiced hooker in Mighty Aphrodite all the way to a cross-dresser in Triumph of Love, Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino knows a thing or two about the acting trade. We sat down with the underexposed starlet during…

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Film Studies Essay Winners

The following essays are the top submissions to the freshman Film Studies course at King George V College, near Liverpool, England. We agreed to publish the best as a reward for the students. Congratulations to all the winners. The essays…

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Greek Treat: Nia Vardalos and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”

Two weeks after the premiere of her highly praised feature My Big Fat Greek Wedding, newcomer writer/actress Nia Vardalos can finally sit back on her laurels and enjoy the spoils of success. Not simply because her film has received accolades…

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Val Kilmer and D.J. Caruso: Swimming “The Salton Sea”

With a resume that includes Real Genius, The Doors, Batman Forever, Heat, Willow, and Top Gun, superstar Val Kilmer is a man that needs no introduction. His latest film The Salton Sea, opens on April 26, 2002. We sat down…

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Respectfully, Yours – Part 2: Eight Critics Review the Reviewers

Generally, the filmcritic.com staff gets along very well, adhering to the policy of one review per film. Every now and then, however, we feel compelled to strike down with great vengeance and furious anger upon our fellow critics. Mulholland Drive,…

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Heroes of filmcritic.com: Billy Wilder

In his impressive library of cinematic creations, Billy Wilder (1906-2002) was the complete filmmaker — producer, screenwriter, and director — able to work in various genres — musicals, romantic comedy, courtroom drama, film noir, and mysteries. Where would the cinema…

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