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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>>
No Going Forward
Edward Burns hasn't improved with practice
, March 26, 1998
The flimsiest hustle in movie promotion today -- one perpetrated by film festivals and their camp followers -- is that independent movies are... More>>
Japan's Tough Guy
In Fireworks, Takeshi Kitano mixes Dirty Harry with Zen
, March 19, 1998
Takeshi Kitano, the reigning Renaissance man of Japanese pop culture, is a scriptwriter, movie actor and director and the star of seven TV shows.... More>>
Clinton Without Contrasts
Primary Colors gets the libido, misses the idealism
, March 19, 1998
If ever there was an op-ed movie -- a movie destined to be written about in an "elevated" realm beyond just the movie pages -- it's Primary... More>>
Women on the Brink
This slow, meditative Woolf adaptation captures Woolf's mood and her genteel era
, March 19, 1998
Though critics of her era often compared Virginia Woolf's nonlinear, almost cubist narratives to the then-burgeoning cinema's use of montage,... More>>
Blond Leading the Blind
In Tom DiCillo's new movie, it's not the blonds who are dumb
, March 12, 1998
One of the half-dozen main characters in Tom DiCillo's ensemble comedy The Real Blonde is obsessed with finding a literal specimen of the title... More>>
Murder to Watch
, March 12, 1998
At first glance, Jonathan Darby's Hush appears to have a couple of things going for it. There's some high-wattage star power in the persons of... More>>
Look Back in Anger
Nil by Mouth is so gritty, it verges on the unwatchable
, March 05, 1998
British actor Gary Oldman, who made his mark playing a punk in Sid and Nancy and a playwright in Prick Up Your Ears, wrote and directed Nil by... More>>
Too Late
Twilight is dim indeed
, March 05, 1998
A movie starring Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman, James Garner and Stockard Channing ought to be a whole lot better than Robert... More>>
Coens Go to Pot
, March 05, 1998
Jeff Bridges is so euphorically wacked as a social dropout in The Big Lebowski that you get a secondhand high just looking at him. Padding around... More>>
Venus Envy
, March 05, 1998
Dangerous Beauty presents a 16th-century Venice filled with statesmen who hop from bed to bed without fear of "bimbo eruptions." That's because... More>>
Primal Time
, February 26, 1998
Back in the '60s and '70s, when its animation unit was in the doldrums, the Disney studio made a number of live-action "family" comedies (No... More>>
City of Forgetting
Dark City asks: Who are you, if you can't remember who you are?
, February 26, 1998
The science-fiction works of the late, great Philip K. Dick haven't been served particularly well on screen. The most recent adaptation,... More>>
Twice Removed
The faux-noir Palmetto winks at the audience instead of staring it down
, February 19, 1998
Palmetto is a film noir set in a torpid seaside Florida town. It's based on the James Hadley Chase novel Just Another Sucker, and when we first... More>>
Unconventional Wisdom
In Four Days in September, the political is personal
, February 19, 1998
Despite the tides of government repression and suspected U.S. chicanery that have afflicted his country for the last 35 years, Brazilian... More>>
Life During Noir-Time
This retro neo-noir is full of powerless cliches
, February 19, 1998
Love Walked In, despite the Gershwin in the title, is less champagne fizz than bottom-shelf rotgut rye, drained from a dirty glass. Argentine... More>>
All Wet
In the latest Crichton-based thriller, there's nothing to fear but Sphere itself
, February 19, 1998
When and if we humans make first contact with extraterrestrial intelligence, the experience may have this much in common with Sphere: It could be... More>>
After the Obsession
Is Pedro Almodvar at an awkward in-between stage? Or is he just lost?
, February 12, 1998
His eye trained on the manic collision of Catholicism and consumerism, Pedro Almodovar has made some of the liveliest, most genre-bending films... More>>
Geezer Love
Take heart, Boomers: You're never too old to be tortured by romance
, February 12, 1998
The Only Thrill, directed by Houston native Peter Masterson, is a conventional, sentimental movie that nonetheless hits where it aims. The film,... More>>
Around the World in 21 Films
, February 05, 1998
Only two months in, 1998 already seems to be the year for film festival and festival-ish series resurrections. First came the Museum of Fine... More>>
On the Lam
This "official" John Woo knockoff is less than dazzling
, February 05, 1998
John Woo has generated plenty of American disciples in the decade since his Hong Kong action films began playing film festivals in the West. Even... More>>
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