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Beyond Despair Fight Club.
Tired plotlines pummel Fight Club
, October 14, 1999
David Fincher needs a hug, the poor bastard. Or possibly a diaper change. Ever since 1992, when he ruined the Alien series with the excrescence... More>>
Stamp of Approval The Limey.
The Limey brings out the best in a venerable star
, October 14, 1999
Despite the fact that it's set in the here and now, or at least in the L.A. and now, there's a strong dose of '60s nostalgia in director Steven... More>>
Back to the Beat The Source.
Source pays homage to Kerouac and company
, October 14, 1999
The hipster wisdom about America in the 1950s holds that the entire war-weary nation was at political and spiritual rest, straitjacketed by... More>>
Ford Fatigue Random Hearts.
Harrison plods through the flat Pollack mystery Random Hearts
, October 07, 1999
Insomniacs, rejoice! During the first several decades of Sydney Pollack's bloated, interminable Random Hearts, your eyelids will droop, your... More>>
Geek Orthodox Superstar.
Superstar's Shannon makes a strangely affecting nerd
, October 07, 1999
Jesus, Mary and Joseph! The repressed Irish Catholic schoolgirl that Molly Shannon plays on Saturday Night Live is certainly not everyone's cup... More>>
Sappy Happy Happy, Texas.
Indie accolades can't elevate a generic film
, October 07, 1999
The triumvirate is complete. First Paris, Texas, then Dancer, Texas Pop. 81, and now Happy, Texas. German existentialism. Coming-of-age... More>>
Desert Gold Three Kings.
An imaginative Three Kings skewers the combat genre
, September 30, 1999
There is nothing gratifying about watching a bullet blast through a woman's skull. Exploding helicopters and splattered cattle are utterly... More>>
Luck of the Puck Mystery, Alaska.
Sweet irreverence works in Mystery, Alaska
, September 30, 1999
The premise is preposterous, the final score inevitable, and the record reading on the feel-good-ometer is totally predictable. But Mystery,... More>>
Senior Fling Guinevere.
Guinevere gives a new twist to old-young romance
, September 30, 1999
Ah, May-December romance! It's a grand old tradition in movies going back to Daddy Longlegs, and it's almost always a male fantasy: With the... More>>
Hark Felt Hark Felt
Chinese Ghost Story gives animation a new realm
, September 30, 1999
A rich mix of action, fable and modern comedy mark the animated Chinese Ghost Story as kin to kung fu director Tsui Hark's live martial arts... More>>
Those Crazy Kids Drive Me Crazy.
A talented cast transcends Drive Me Crazy's cheesy formula
, September 30, 1999
The fact that Drive Me Crazy is actually based on a novel (How I Created My Perfect Prom Date, by Todd Strasser) is a sadder comment on the state... More>>
Bold Beauty American Beauty.
The hilarious and heartbreaking demise of a family
, September 23, 1999
Grown-ups, take heart. Even if you misspent your summer at the movies pigging out on reheated space adventure, slob humor and stubborn, old... More>>
So Far So Good My Life So Far.
Small is better in this story of introspection
, September 23, 1999
Ten-year-old Fraser Pettigrew leads an idyllic existence. He lives on a bucolic estate in Scotland with five siblings, four dogs, his gentle... More>>
Psyched Out Mumford.
Mumford muddles through fantasyland
, September 23, 1999
Have you heard? The only tools a nice fellow needs to repair the damaged psyches of an entire town are a guilty conscience and a dash of insight.... More>>
Solid Delivery For Love of the Game.
Costner scores by striking out the schmaltz
, September 16, 1999
"You and me?" asks catcher Gus Sinski (John C. Reilly) of his old friend, veteran pitcher Billy Chapel (Kevin Costner). "One more time?" It's a... More>>
Minus a Plus The Minus Man.
First-rate acting elevates this film beyond its familiar plot
, September 16, 1999
There's a long tradition of stories about mysterious drifters who arrive in a small town and either create trouble or catalyze an explosion of... More>>
Crimefighter in Spite of Himself Blue Streak
Blue Streak is not quite up to its identity crisis
, September 16, 1999
Since his TV show ended, Martin Lawrence has gotten more ink for his off-camera life than for his movie career. There's nothing about Blue Streak... More>>
History with Honor Return with Honor
Pilot POWs' survival goes far beyond the Vietnam War
, September 16, 1999
It is the wry humor and amazing equanimity of the men profiled in the documentary Return with Honor that proves most astonishing. They were among... More>>
A Stir of Bacon Stir of Echoes.
Ghostly Echoes add up to a posthypnotic thriller
, September 09, 1999
Whether it's bad or good commercial luck that the thriller Stir of Echoes follows so closely on the heels of The Sixth Sense, M. Night... More>>
Danish Dealers Pusher.
The Pusher's convincing, despite the familiar turf
, September 09, 1999
Danish film has been claiming a place for itself the past few years, starting with Lars Von Trier's Breaking the Waves and Thomas Vinterberg's... More>>
Ensemble Excess Illuminata.
Illuminata's quality cast starts strong but loses focus
, September 02, 1999
As a filmmaker, actor John Turturro clearly believes in drawing from personal experience: His directorial debut, the 1992 Mac (which won the... More>>
Outside In Outside Providence.
Farrellys' Providence pits innocence with outrageous fun
, September 02, 1999
When last we encountered Peter and Bobby Farrelly, they were pelting movie houses with industrial-strength jokes about retarded kids, lost semen,... More>>
Sweet Inspiration The Muse.
Brooks crafts another classy comedy with The Muse
, August 26, 1999
\Hollywood has always been one of Hollywood's favorite subjects. Every version of A Star Is Born, and recent black comedies such as Swimming with... More>>
Well Seasoned Autumn Tale.
Autumn Tale takes Rohmer's wisdom to the finish
, August 26, 1999
It has been almost 40 years since Eric Rohmer, riding the crest of the French New Wave, embarked on the first of his Six Moral Tales. The series... More>>
Vanilla Chocolate Better Than Chocolate.
Wheeler's lesbian effort comes up lite
, August 26, 1999
It seems like only yesterday that movies dealing with gay and lesbian life were synonymous with extravagant displays of gloom and doom. From the... More>>
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