Meredith L. Patterson

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  • 18 years ago | Film Reviews

    Only two months in, 1998 already seems to be the year for film festival and festival-ish series resurrections. First came the Museum of Fine Arts' "Local Spin" series, a return of 1995's "First Look." Now Ancestral Films, a small Houston nonprofit...

  • 18 years ago | Film Reviews

    It seems contradictory to describe a movie as both expansive in scope and personal. But The Winter Guest, the first offering from director Alan Rickman, manages to deserve both bits of praise. By focusing on a tiny corner of northern Scotland, and...

  • 18 years ago | Film Reviews

    It's always depressing when an action movie presents a plot idea that, though reminiscent of earlier ventures, at least comes off as a new spin on an old concept -- and then fails to live up to even that low standard. Sure, Firestorm might be desc...

  • 18 years ago | Film Reviews

    Three years ago, the Museum of Fine Arts put together "First Look," a showcase of films made by Houstonians. Back by popular demand, the series is now called "Local Spin," and is backed by the MFA, the Houston Film Commission and the Southwest Are...

  • 18 years ago | Restaurant Reviews

    Raw Competition Conventional economic wisdom has it that when two businesses compete, both firms' products and prices improve as the companies strive to one-up each other. Somehow, though, the rivalry between sushi restaurants Miyako and Cafe Japo...

  • 18 years ago | Film Reviews

    Too frequently, movies that confront pressing social issues turn into morality plays. The protagonists are nothing but victims of the Modern Order, which is perpetuated by antagonists whose motivations go no further than, well, perpetuating it. Ra...

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