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Oscars 2004: One Statue to Rule Them All

Everyone else who handicaps the Oscars waits until a week before they’re announced before making their picks. The ink isn’t even dry on the nominations and we’re already here to tell you who’s gonna win! If this year seems a…

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In America, The Beautiful: “In America” Director Jim Sheridan’s Oscar Dreams

‘O’Connell,’ asks two-time Academy Award-nominated writer/director Jim Sheridan. ‘Is that a Jewish name?’ So starts our lengthy discussion, one that touches on America, the Irish community, New York City, and my ancestral line before it even swings back around to…

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European Vacation: “Chasing Liberty” Stars Hit the Road

Contrary to popular belief, Mandy Moore’s new romantic comedy Chasing Liberty has nothing to do with the hunt for Osama bin Laden or the capture of recently deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Not that co-star and inevitable love interest Matthew…

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The Year in Film – 2003

Last year we predicted 2003 would be an awful year for cinema… and we were right! Don’t get me wrong, there are some amazing bright spots to be found (after all, we reviewed 297 theatrical releases from 2003, not including…

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Dear Santa: Yet Another Film Critics’ Christmas, 2003

Dear Santa, Seeing how you’re probably still steaming from your portrayal in Bad Santa, we know the timing for our annual Christmas letter is rotten. But it’s two weeks before Christmas and the filmcritic.com staff has checked its list twice….

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It’s All Good: The 2003 AFI Film Festival

The 2003 AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival offered eager cinephiles 134 films from 42 countries over 10 days and 11 nights, including fine documentaries and features, short film programs, and a tribute to Omar Sharif. The festival was held…

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All Aboard! Talking with “The Station Agent” writer/director Thomas McCarthy

Thomas McCarthy’s debut film The Station Agent is too short in every sense of the word. For starters, it’s the story of a dwarf. Theater veteran Peter Dinklage fills the shoes of Fin, the title character who, sick of the…

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Critics’ Conversation: The 2003 New York Film Festival

JEREMIAH KIPP: As a movie year, 2003 hasn’t inspired much enthusiasm. Neither did the 41st Annual New York Film Festival (October 3-19, 2003). Even the more solid entries felt like political choices, or politically correct ones. And while I didn’t…

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Respectfully, Yourself: Six Critics Rethink Their Worst Reviews

Like it or not, film critics are human. And as humans, we make mistakes. When it comes to the highly subjective task of reviewing a movie, a lot of things come into play beyond what you see on the screen…

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Boston on the Lowdown: The 2003 Boston Film Festival

Maybe it was the result of lessons learned. Perhaps the September 11 anniversary was a contributing factor. Maybe it was just a sound business decision. Regardless of the reasons, the creators of the 2003 Boston Film Festival (held September 5-14)…

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