Michael Sragow

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  • 16 years ago | Film Reviews

    The SLC in SLC Punk! stands for Salt Lake City, but it might as well stand for Some Lucky Chump. The filmmaker, James Merendino, has stated that this tale of two punk buddies trying to spread anarchy through the Utah capital in 1985 reflects his o...

  • 17 years ago | Film Reviews

    Just as David Cronenberg's The Fly (1986) came off as an organic reaction to a terrible new wasting disease, his new movie crystallizes the confusions of an epoch that can't decide whether it's the Entertainment Era, the Information Age or the Dig...

  • 17 years ago | Film Reviews

    Steve Martin says he doesn't want audiences to expect the same old Steve Martin whenever he stars in a comedy. But that means one thing when he's referring to Roxanne and L.A. Story, two inspired flights of romantic farce (based on his own scripts...

  • 17 years ago | Film Reviews

    Self-serving confessions are a mainstay of bestseller lists; now we're doomed to see their ilk on screen. The film 20 Dates is the not-so-verite story of Myles Berkowitz, a tyro filmmaker in his mid-thirties who tries to advance his career and up ...

  • 17 years ago | Film Reviews

    "I hope it's better than The Truman Show," said the woman in line behind me at the publicized "sneak preview" of EDtv. Afterward a man in my row declared, "That was a lot better than The Truman Show." Pretentious high-concept films like The Truman...

  • 17 years ago | Film Reviews

    Jimmy Cagney brought the same electric physicality to gangsters that he did to song-and-dance men. He gave a bright-eyed mug such as his character in Public Enemy extraordinary powers of attraction and repulsion. In The General, Brendan Gleeson pl...

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