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What’s in a Name?

Underneath the Oscar predictions and big names of the Fall movie season lies a huge problem. For some reason, studio executives and screenwriters have lost the ability to properly title their movies. A title really helps project a movie’s attitude,…

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Elvis Lives! (at least he does on DVD)

Today, Hollywood aggressively seeks actors through the music industry, not necessary because musicians are talented actors (or talented musicians, for that matter), but because their names sell tickets. Today’s generation probably doesn’t realize that music pop stars laced the silver…

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: An Ode To Doris Wishman

Pornography usually sends shivers down the spine. Whether it’s shivers of disgust or pleasure isn’t the issue, so much as the fact that this particular genre stands out among the other droll-sounding categories of drama, comedy, etc. It is presumed…

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That Little Director: Chatting with Horror-Helmer Paul Bunnell

Check out That Little Monster’s new DVD release and director Paul Bunnell reveals himself as a kind of drive-in-obsessed version of Buddy Holly reincarnate, the kind of cult-and-horror fan in thick-rimmed specs that you’re never quite sure about. We sent…

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Keeping the Faith: filmcritic.com’s 2002 Mid-Year Roundup

Halfway to Hell! That’s what we said last year around this time, gloomily sifting through the meager offerings of quality cinema in 2001 and mostly drawing up blanks. It’s comforting to acknowledge that this year, by and large there’s been…

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Mulroney and Amazing: A Conversation with Dermot Mulroney

From big-budget hits to low-budget indies, actor Dermot Mulroney always keeps an open mind when selecting a project. Here, he shares feelings about his profession and his most recent feature, Lovely & Amazing. filmcritic.com: First of all, I’d like to…

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Imaginary Forces: “Minority Report” FXers Kurt Mattila and Matt Checkowski

In the futuristic world of Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, crimes are prevented before they happen. The Department of Pre-Crime is able to tap into the mindscape of three telepaths, the Pre-Cogs, wired into a computer system that allows their visions…

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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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