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Home on the Range: A Conversation with Kevin Costner

Academy Award-winner Kevin Costner is no stranger to Westerns. He’s loved them ever since he was old enough to wear cowboy boots. Growing up a devotee to cowboy classics such as The Searchers, Red River, How the West Was Won,…

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A First Fest Finds Its Footing: The 2003 Independent Film Festival of Boston

News bulletin: The 1st annual Independent Film Festival of Boston was not held in Boston. Instead, this celebration of gritty, low-budget cinema took place in the nearby cities of Somerville and Cambridge, appropriately avoiding the big brand-name multiplexes that lie…

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Some Things are Better Left to Celluloid: Our Aborted Interview with “Pornstar” Subject Ron Jeremy

Despite what the documentary Pornstar would like you to believe about the glorious life of Ron Jeremy, his world is far from enviable. Part of his enduring success is that he’s the Everyman of porn, your average looking Joe, except…

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Filmcritic.com Attends the “8 Mile” DVD Release Party… And Lives To Tell About It

In celebration of the DVD release of the 2002 box-office smash 8 Mile, the folks at Universal threw a promotional event in Detroit-Eminem’s hometown. In the invitation, Universal called the event the 8 Mile DVD Launch Party Hosted by Eminem…although…

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Welcome to His Nightmare: “Spider” Director David Cronenberg

Everything David Cronenberg touches doesn’t turn to gold – it turns into a cult flick. Despite being the quirkiest director this side of David Lynch, Cronenberg comes across as a remarkably sane gentleman and very open to talking about his…

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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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