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Oscars 2003: Dancing as Fast as We Can

Are we doing this again already? I’m still licking wounds from two straight years of dismal picks. Luckily the movies are better this year. Except for Chicago, that is. As always, we’ll update this page in real time during the…

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Grave Discussions: Talking With Anthony Anderson

You probably don’t realize it, but lately you can’t go to the movies without seeing a trailer for an Anthony Anderson movie. The star of Exit Wounds, See Spot Run, and Barbershop, Anderson recently played opposite a mocking marsupial in…

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Swept Away: A Conversation with Jeff Daniels and Bob Brown

‘Other than looking for a funny idea, I have no interest in vacuum cleaner salesmen,’ exclaims Michigan-based actor Jeff Daniels, who stars in the new movie Super Sucker, shot entirely in Jackson, Michigan. The idea for the film began when…

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Respectfully, Yours – Part 4 : Seven Second Opinions from 2002

Regular readers should know the drill by now: While we get plenty of letters from readers who disagree with our assessments, in the end they are only one person’s opinion from a staff of 20. Every few months we open…

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The Year in Film – 2002

More than anything, I’ll remember 2002 as a year of very diverse cinema. Looking over the site’s 294 theatrical releases we reviewed, we had far more memorable foreign films than in recent years, and even a documentary (Bowling for Columbine)…

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A Few Words From Silent Bob – An Interview With Kevin Smith

Five years ago, Clerks and Chasing Amy writer/director Kevin Smith visited my small college in central New Jersey. The College of New Jersey was a classic suitcase school: The campus looked like an east coast version of The Last Picture…

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Am I Hot Or Not? “The Hot Chick”s Rob Schneider, Anna Faris, and Tom Brady

Jessica Spencer is the hottest, most popular girl in high school. As captain of the cheerleading squad and girlfriend of a dreamy quarterback, Jessica is convinced she has the perfect life. That is, until one day she wakes up in…

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Dear Santa: Another Film Critics’ Christmas, 2002

Dear Santa: It looks like last year’s letter reached you. This year we saw movies with interesting, well-rounded female characters (Secretary, The Good Girl, Far From Heaven) and got an entertaining blockbuster (Spider-Man). Spirited Away finally got released in the…

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When We Were Jerks: On Film Criticism and Hate Mail

We get lots of mail from readers. Some of it is fan mail. Lots of it is incoherent. And tons of it is hate mail. ‘How can you give my favorite movie 2 stars!?!?!’ ‘How can you disrespect some dead…

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Sparring on Mt. Ararat – Christopher Null Faces JoBlo on Egoyan’s Latest

The filmcritic.com mailbag never goes for wanting of material to fill it. Usually people jot off a fan letter or some hate mail and disappear into the shadows. But when the venerable JoBlo, of JoBlo’s Movie Emporium, took me to…

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