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Gay Festfor Films
Ten days of alternative films roll out with Get Real
, May 27, 1999
The Gay and Lesbian Film Festival opens with the British import Get Real, a film that didn't necessarily sound promising. It's the story of... More>>
Mellow Mamet
Director shows warmth for tradition in The Winslow Boy
, May 27, 1999
David Mamet, famous for his in-your-face characters, brutal and frequently raunchy dialogue and deliberate, staccato prose, would seem an... More>>
Notting Off
Star power isn't enough to overcome this hollow romance
, May 27, 1999
Maybe it's the damned blinking thing, because it's not simply the foppish hair and boyish face -- or, for that matter, even the vaguely befuddled... More>>
Oh, Bui!
Three Seasons shows off a young director's purity and purpose
, May 20, 1999
The story behind the making of Three Seasons is almost as interesting as the film itself, and that's saying something. Writer/director Tony Bui,... More>>
Cornball Castle
It's hard to root for little people portrayed as loonies
, May 20, 1999
The Castle is a modest little comedy from Australia that falls into the subgenre of Capraesque idealism, in the... More>>
Episode I: What Did You Expect?
It's Star Wars, all right
, May 20, 1999
Fans call it "that Star Wars feeling": the raw emotional high achieved by watching or even just thinking about the films of George Lucas. It's a... More>>
Write On
The Love Letter is a sunny romance with roots in an earlier era
, May 20, 1999
The Love Letter has the dubious distinction of being the other studio film to open this week. In a week when all the other majors have run for... More>>
Fire and Ice
Arctic Circle's images cleverly reveal a love story
, May 20, 1999
Julio Medem's Lovers of the Arctic Circle is arguably an even more intriguing work than the recent truth-and-illusion triller Open Your Eyes,... More>>
Puck with Pluck
Midsummer Night's Dream masters the Bard's edgy fantasy
, May 13, 1999
A Midsummer Night's Dream came early in Shakespeare's career. He had written it by at least 1598, in roughly the same period as another... More>>
Lust Lessons
A worldly woman and boy-toy tangle in The School of Flesh
, May 13, 1999
The love affair at the heart of Benoit Jacquot's The School of Flesh has to be the longest shot on the board. Pairing a woman of the world with a... More>>
Beyond Teens
Savvy Election shows ageless appeal
, May 06, 1999
The latest release from Paramount Pictures' bouncing baby, MTV Films, is set in a high school and has been inoculated with the usual doses of... More>>
Truth or Fantasy
The Spanish Open Your Eyes toys with reality
, May 06, 1999
We seem to be in the middle of one of those thematic blitzes that happen every now and then in the film world. Last year there was Dark City and... More>>
Dream Urchins
Wrenching Angels does a Euro-take on young angst
, May 06, 1999
When we first see Isa, the 21-year-old heroine of Erick Zonca's The Dreamlife of Angels, she's trudging under the weight of a huge backpack... More>>
Stormin' Mormon
SLC Punk! shows young rebels, but not their relevance
, May 06, 1999
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... More>>
Mood Over Matter
, April 29, 1999
A quality documentary will not only draw in viewers with an interesting story, it will explain and explore the world it is trying to document.... More>>
No Pain, No Gain
Dancemaker glosses over the life of Paul Taylor
, April 29, 1999
Choreographer Paul Taylor's not a happy man. His dances are filled with anger and sadness -- even his happiest, everything-is-beautiful ballet... More>>
Caught in the Act
Connery's charisma flees from the feeble Entrapment
, April 29, 1999
Sean Connery has always been a terse, minimalist actor, spitting out his lines in tight bursts of Scottish brogue. But in Entrapment, the kingly... More>>
Hands Up
Ganja, gore and good humor the fun's back in a horror flick
, April 29, 1999
The most surprising thing about the new teensploitation horror film Idle Hands is the lack of masturbation jokes. It is a movie about a... More>>
Control Freaks
Quality acting overcomes a thin plot in Pushing Tin
, April 22, 1999
In Pushing Tin, the edgy new comedy from British director Mike Newell, the dominant image is a black screen pulsing with obscure fluorescent... More>>
Great Pods
Comic eXistenZ turns erotic mind games into sigh-fi
, April 22, 1999
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... More>>
Spade and Neutered
Sterile, overdone comedy dogs Lost and Found
, April 22, 1999
Comedian David Spade's chosen shtick -- every line a zinger, every crack calculated to draw blood -- works well in the short bursts... More>>
True Drew's Delight and an Edgy Go
Barrymore's light Never Been Kissed surpasses Liman
, April 15, 1999
Courage comes in an infinite variety of forms and faces, but who among us would be brave enough to go back and relive our high school years, face... More>>
Lifeless
A confused prison comedy locks up Eddie Murphy's talent
, April 15, 1999
Imagine, if you will, one of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby's classic road movies that never leaves the terminal, and you have pretty much described... More>>
Feel-good Fortune
Altman's back with a strong Southern drama
, April 08, 1999
Has any major American director had quite so many career swings as Robert Altman? Maybe not, but if there's one thing the last 30 years have made... More>>
Out-of-Steppers
Steve Martin misses the spark in this remake
, April 08, 1999
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... More>>
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