Awards

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Building character

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While the glory days of personal and political studio pictures like "Easy Rider" and "Midnight Cowboy" may seem long gone, replaced by a global-blockbuster mentality, a number of this year's most…

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Alexander Payne

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With "Sideways," his full-bodied fourth feature, Alexander Payne has moved from the fringes of Hollywood to front and center as the embodiment of a new humanism in American cinema.

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Martin Scorsese

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Unlike "The Aviator" star Leonardo DiCaprio and one of its producers, Michael Mann, Martin Scorsese never really had a particular urge to bring the Howard Hughes story to the screen, but the project…

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Michael Mann

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Michael Mann began "Collateral" with a directorial challenge. He wanted to know if it was possible to collapse an entire human life into a 10-hour narrative frame and them collapse that frame into a…

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Two of a kind

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"The Passion of the Christ" and "Fahrenheit 9/11" were two of the most profitable films of the year. Along the way, these films' directors, Mel Gibson and Michael Moore, have been treated as both…

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Mike Leigh

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British maverick Mike Leigh seems a tad disappointed that his abortionist drama "Vera Drake" has not become embroiled in America's culture wars. "There hasn't been many vociferous negative reactions…

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