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Gotta Get the Money!
, July 01, 1999
Run Lola Run is proof that the influence of MTV on feature filmmaking hasn't been all bad. The jagged stylistic excess that dominates short-form... More>>
Wilde Fun
With great wit and cast, Ideal Husband is an ideal comedy
, June 24, 1999
Woe to the scribbler who presumes to rewrite a master -- unless he is so deft that his invasion of privacy produces something new and exciting. ... More>>
Perfect Pop
Sandler shines in the clever comedy Big Daddy
, June 24, 1999
The new Adam Sandler comedy, Big Daddy, isn't just the funniest movie of the summer; it's also the most improbable feel-good movie of the season.... More>>
Twice Is Nice
A light romantic comedy explores second chances
, June 17, 1999
Twice Upon a Yesterday seems almost too geared for the Sliding Doors crowd. By relying on the same kind of conceptual sleight of hand as that... More>>
All Things Irish
Erin goes blah in the gloomy mix of This Is My Father
, June 17, 1999
It has not been lost on the Quinn brothers -- actor Aidan, cinematographer Declan and writer/director Paul -- that in old Gaelic culture the... More>>
Limbo Shtick
Alaskan survival story suffers from Sayles's moralizing
, June 10, 1999
In John Sayles's Limbo, which is set amid the rough-and-tumble of southeast Alaska, an ex-salmon fisherman with guilty memories (David... More>>
Shaggy Dog
The insipid Austin Powers is a total waste
, June 10, 1999
A fine line divides inspired silliness from out-and-out witlessness; it's a short leap from grin to groan. In 1997's Austin Powers: International... More>>
Heart Chords
Bertolucci makes beautiful music with Besieged
, June 10, 1999
Bernardo Bertolucci's Besieged is a movie of enthralling visual poetry. Set almost entirely inside a ravishing Roman villa, it is a love story... More>>
Power Points
A stint in the human jungle pushes Instinct over the edge
, June 03, 1999
In an early scene in Instinct, released by Touchstone, a division of Disney's Buena Vista Pictures, we're told that a brilliant primatologist... More>>
An Heir for Art
, June 03, 1999
While Hong Kong movies have been invading Hollywood through the success of Jackie Chan, John Woo and others, mainland Chinese cinema has invaded... More>>
Guilt Galore
Creepy Six Ways swarms with mom-induced psychoses
, May 27, 1999
Six Ways to Sunday is only director Adam Bernstein's second theatrical film, so it's a little early to attempt a coherent analysis of his career.... More>>
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>>
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