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Lame Horse
They shoot bad films, don't they?
, May 14, 1998
The Horse Whisperer, the latest film from Robert Redford -- and the first of his directorial efforts in which he also stars -- could almost serve... More>>
The Larry David Show
The man behind Seinfeld moves to the big screen
, May 14, 1998
Not since the death of Diana has there been a pop phenomenon as cataclysmic as the demise of Seinfeld. The surrounding hoopla has reached such,... More>>
Out of Time
Narcissism drives Warren Beatty into the 'hood
, May 14, 1998
It's the tail end of the 1996 California primary election, and incumbent Democratic Senator Jay Bulworth (Warren Beatty) is having a nervous... More>>
Deja Vu All Over Again
The cocktail party never ends in le cinema du Henry Jaglom
, May 07, 1998
Henry Jaglom's movies offer everything that Americans hate about French films, but with little of the philosophical depth or visual daring that... More>>
Old School
This solidly retro Oscar-winner will satisfy nostalgia for old-fashioned melodramas
, May 07, 1998
One of the few seemingly spontaneous bursts of energy at the recent Oscar ceremony was provided by motor-mouthing Dutch director Mike van Diem,... More>>
Hit-and-Mis
Les Miserables is smart and sumptuous -- and way too tame
, April 30, 1998
Victor Hugo's 1862 novel Les Miserables, which he began in 1845, runs in most editions to around 1,500 pages. The latest film version -- there... More>>
Everyday Ravishments
Neil Jordan shows a childhood both deeply Irish and thoroughly deranged
, April 30, 1998
From its very first frame, Neil Jordan's The Butcher Boy whooshes us inside the rollicking, deranged world of 12-year-old Francie Brady (Eamonn... More>>
Shtick Figure
In Barbara Kopple's documentary, Woody Allen plays Woody Allen
, April 30, 1998
In Barbara Kopple's new documentary, Wild Man Blues, we follow Woody Allen around Europe on a whirlwind concert tour with his New Orleans jazz... More>>
Colonialism and Its Discontents
A heavy-handed allegory nearly sinks Chinese Box
, April 30, 1998
Chinese Box arrives with one of the weirdest hybrid pedigrees in living memory. The writing credits include -- in addition to the film's... More>>
Fouling Out
With He Got Game, Spike Lee lets down the sport he loves
, April 30, 1998
In the production notes for Spike Lee's new movie, He Got Game, the filmmaker is quoted as saying, "I don't think I've ever done a film that is... More>>
Money Changes Everything
In The Spanish Prisoner, even David Mamet's dialogue falls flat
, April 23, 1998
Is the opposite of offhand onhand? If so, The Spanish Prisoner is the most onhand movie since Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket. The... More>>
Double Timing
Sliding Doors charms with romantic complication
, April 23, 1998
Gwyneth Paltrow gets another chance to show off her letter-perfect English accent in Sliding Doors, an engaging romantic comedy that employs a... More>>
Promiscuous Prudes
James Toback's startling new film dives into the messy mindlessness of sex
, April 23, 1998
In writer/director James Toback's quicksilver sex comedy Two Girls and a Guy, Robert Downey, Jr., plays Blake Allen, a struggling New York actor... More>>
The Lying Game
, April 16, 1998
Pulling off a caper requires cunning. Pulling off a caper movie requires cunning and artistry, especially in an era when special effects have... More>>
Love and Abstinence
Director Julie Davis barely connects with I Love You, Don't Touch Me!
, April 16, 1998
With I Love You, Don't Touch Me!, first-time filmmaker Julie Davis has made a low-budget movie about love and abstinence among under-30s that... More>>
One Little, Two Little, 40 Little Indies
Worldfest-Houston offers movies you won't otherwise see
, April 16, 1998
If it's April, then Worldfest-Houston -- Houston's biggest annual film festival -- must be back. Never mind that after 30 years here, Hunter... More>>
Travels with Mikey
Michael Moore's liberal heart is in the right place. But what about his head?
, April 09, 1998
If nothing else, the current edition of Michael Moore's continuing self-love fest does have a great subject: the desperation hidden inside a... More>>
Mean Streets
Ice Cube's Player's Club takes African-American film to a new low point in sexism
, April 09, 1998
Rapper Ice Cube's debut as a director/ screenwriter is a big step backward in terms of the representation of African-Americans and women in film.... More>>
Do the Time Warp
Lost in Space is dumb -- but it's a good dumb
, April 09, 1998
Danger, Will Robinson! Sensors detect boomer-TV redux once again. This time the victim is Lost in Space, Irwin Allen's enjoyably absurd sci-fi TV... More>>
Mash and Trash
, April 09, 1998
If American movie moguls really thought like Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, they'd probably spend more time blowing up Federal Reserve banks... More>>
A Boy's Guide to Death
In Wide Awake, a crisis of faith is kid stuff
, April 02, 1998
Rosie O'Donnell sure makes a believable nun. In the kids' movie Wide Awake, she plays Sister Terry, a sports-loving teacher at a swanky private... More>>
I Wanna Be Sedated
Barney's Great Adventure drops us in a lobotomized, manic kid hell
, April 02, 1998
What's six feet tall, giggles incessantly and is known as both "the Elvis of the preschool set" and "The Purple Antichrist?" Whether you're... More>>
Oys and Girls
Renee Zellweger as an Orthodox Jew? A Price Above Rubies proves the actress's worth.
, April 02, 1998
Some of the smartest, most surprising films about women have been made by men; and some of the best films about men have been made by the rare... More>>
Phony Folksy
Linklater tries to break out of the slacker doldrums, but misfires
, March 26, 1998
Probably every film director itches to make a western, so let's be thankful that, with The Newton Boys, Austin's Richard Linklater has scratched... More>>
Brown and White
, March 26, 1998
Lovers of American movies used to joke that foreign films wouldn't look so good if you saw them without subtitles. John Sayles's latest movie,... More>>
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