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1996 Stories by Joe Leydon

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  • An Off Night

    published November 14, 1996

    After the rowdy cacophony of Baz Luhrmann's turbo-charged Romeo & Juliet, the prospect of a more traditional Shakespearean adaptation is more than... More >>

  • Partners in Crime

    published November 14, 1996

    Palookaville is an engaging trifle about three unemployed buddies who are just desperate enough to consider larceny as a means of temporary... More >>

  • Mel as Mogul

    published November 7, 1996

    Fresh from his epic adventures in the Oscar-winning Braveheart, Mel Gibson returns to the 20th century as a somewhat less heroic figure in Ransom.... More >>

  • More Panting than Painting

    published November 7, 1996

    Whenever someone makes a film about a great artist, it is much easier, and a great deal more cinematic, to show him hopping into bed instead of... More >>

  • Irish Republican Angst

    published October 31, 1996

    To his credit, Neil Jordan never attempts to disguise his sympathies in Michael Collins, his forlorn epic of blood and thunder. This sweeping... More >>

  • Larding the Bard

    published October 31, 1996

    The movie is respectfully titled William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, but don't expect anything like a traditional interpretation of the Bard. In... More >>

  • Revenge Is... Adequate

    published October 24, 1996

    Writer Lorenzo Carcaterra claims that it's all true, that he only changed a few names -- and altered a few identifying details -- to protect the... More >>

  • Brothers on the Bus

    published October 24, 1996

    Spike Lee bounces back from the aimless doodling of Girl 6 with Get on the Bus, a labor of love that has the vigor and urgency of something made... More >>

  • Blasts from the Past

    published October 17, 1996

    Screenwriter Shane Black may have received the record sum of $4 million for writing The Long Kiss Goodnight, but the movie itself is a fairly... More >>

  • Life, and How We Live it

    published October 10, 1996

    British filmmaker Mike Leigh often evidences genuine sympathy, if not boundless affection, for the characters who populate his bleakly comical,... More >>

  • Girl on Film

    published October 3, 1996

    It isn't often that a filmmaker can take credit for single-handedly creating a brand-new genre. But that is just what writer/director Michael... More >>

  • Pop Sensation

    published October 3, 1996

    Given the number of one-hit wonders on the golden-oldie radio stations, it's surprising that no one came up with the idea for a movie like That... More >>

  • Intensive Care

    published September 26, 1996

    During the opening minutes of Extreme Measures, we find Hugh Grant cast as Dr. Guy Luthan, a British-born doctor hard at work in the emergency... More >>

  • Delizioso

    published September 26, 1996

    If you are dieting, you might do well to avoid Big Night, a rhapsodic ode in the delicious tradition of Babette's Feast and Eat Drink Man Woman.... More >>

  • Hard to Believe

    published September 12, 1996

    In synopsis, Bogus sounds like something too precious for words and too cute by half. A seven-year-old boy, devastated by the loss of his mother,... More >>

  • The Power of Pop

    published September 12, 1996

    Illeana Douglas made an unforgettable impression in her first movie role, but it wasn't her fault. She played the unfortunate young woman in... More >>

  • The Lawman & the Weasel

    published September 5, 1996

    Rude and crude with apologies to no one, Bulletproof is the sort of guilty pleasure that should be savored in a crowded theater on a Saturday... More >>

  • Good-bye to Summer

    published September 5, 1996

    It was the summer when audiences cheered while the White House burned. When a singing hunchback was more popular than a frisky dolphin. When Kevin... More >>

  • Darkness

    published August 29, 1996

    On the day I saw The Trigger Effect, David Koepp's disquieting thriller about survival and suspicion in the wake of a massive power blackout, I... More >>

  • Field of Nightmares

    published August 22, 1996

    Tony Scott, the auteur of such blunt-instrument entertainments as Top Gun and True Romance, is not a director for whom subtlety is a way of life.... More >>

  • Brotherly Love

    published August 22, 1996

    Talk about beating the sophomore jinx: Ed Burns, the multihyphenate fi filmmaker who burst onto the scene last year with The Brothers McMullen, is... More >>

  • All That Jazz

    published August 15, 1996

    At once brutally cynical and romantically nostalgic, Robert Altman's Kansas City is a moody and bluesy pipe dream of a movie. Altman describes it... More >>

  • The Games Men Play

    published August 15, 1996

    Now that Kevin Costner has gotten Wyatt Earp and Waterworld out of his system, and Ron Shelton has gotten Cobb out of his, it's good to see both... More >>

  • Sweet Jane

    published August 15, 1996

    And the hits just keep on coming from Jane Austen, the early 19th-century novelist who's become a late 20th-century hot property. In the past two... More >>

  • No Escape

    published August 8, 1996

    Snake Plissken is back, and he's still pissed. This singularly surly antihero first appeared in Escape from New York, John Carpenter's 1981... More >>

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