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Respectfully, Yours – Part 3: Six Critics Review the Reviewers

Live and let live, we say. But with a staff as large as filmcritic.com’s, you’ve got to be prepared for some difference in opinion. The missiles went flying over Thirteen Days, and signals were crossed on Mulholland Drive (in fact,…

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Santa Finally Ties the Knot: A Conversation with Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Michael Lembeck

Eight years ago, Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) inadvertently killed Santa Claus. Ever since, he’s worn the bright red suit himself, delivering countless toys and goodies to children all over the world on one special night a year. This Christmas, however,…

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Critics’ Conversation: The 2002 New York Film Festival

RACHEL GORDON: I look forward to the New York Film Festival, especially because the past couple of years have brought some strong work enough recognition to get theatrical releases, or gave more attention to deserving filmmakers who would otherwise be…

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Welcome to Hollywood — The Russos & William H. Macy Introduce “Welcome to Collinwood”

There are a couple of things you may want to know about the guys behind the madcap comedy, Welcome to Collinwood. First, William H. Macy, one of the film’s top-notch ensemble players, is the nice fella you think he is,…

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The 2002 Woodstock Film Festival: The Spirit of ’69

More than 30 years after the music festival that put Woodstock, New York, on the map, people don’t know what to make of this small town in the Catskills. It doesn’t help that the actual events of 1969 took place…

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Kung Fu Gets Dressy: A Conversation with “The Tuxedo” Star Jackie Chan

‘I truly believe there is not another actor on the face of the earth who could have done this role, and certainly not to his level of expertise,’ claims director Kevin Donovan of Jackie Chan in the upcoming film The…

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Back to the Beans: The 2002 Boston Film Festival

It’s tough to get excited about a film festival when it exists in the shadow of a more powerful, upper echelon celebration — namely, the overwhelming Toronto Film Festival — but when screenings and ceremonies are interrupted by the most…

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Hold Me Closer, Fancy Dancer: A Conversation with Sherman Alexie

The Business of Fancydancing, like Sherman Alexie’s writing, challenges audiences to negotiate multiple identities, to deal with an intersection of struggles. The film marks Alexie’s debut as director, a role that he came to after wading through the frustrating process…

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Still Dancing as Fast as He Can: “Singin’ in the Rain” Star Donald O’Connor

Fifty years after its release, you would think Donald O’Connor would get tired of talking about Singin’ in the Rain, the legendary 1952 musical that cast him alongside Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. We chatted with O’Connor on the eve…

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Labor Day in the Mountains: The 2002 Telluride Film Festival

The particular dynamic that makes the Telluride Film Festival — held each Labor Day weekend — so special is the combination of filmmakers and film lovers gathered together in a dramatic alpine setting to observe an eclectic mix of the…

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