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All Climax
Feeling is forgotten in hard-sell Armageddon
, July 02, 1998
Michael Bay is the director of Bad Boys and The Rock and the new asteroid-attack movie Armageddon -- which should be called The Very Big Rock. He... More>>
Leonard's Canny Charmer
Out of Sight satisfies the eyes, mind and emotions
, June 25, 1998
Too many post-Woody Allen movies have been made about "sex in the head." The smart, engaging Out of Sight is an action comedy about love in the... More>>
User-Friendly Farce
Mr. Jealousy hits the mark for director Baumbach
, June 25, 1998
Armed again with the comedy of despair, but with a far sight more focus than last time out, Kicking and Screaming director Noah Baumbach takes on... More>>
Hankies Aweigh
The Land Girls takes off as a decent tearjerker, then runs dry
, June 25, 1998
There will always be a Britain; and that means there will always be movies about the pluck and sacrifice, during World War II, of the little... More>>
Unsweet 16
Is this noble effort a coming-of-age film or an ensemble inquiry?
, June 25, 1998
The Opposite of Sex begins at the funeral of a man who deserved to die. We know this because his 16-year-old stepdaughter Dedee (Christina Ricci)... More>>
Tonka Turns Tomboy
Disney goes East in Mulan to give girls their due
, June 18, 1998
It's Christmas vacation, 1958. The movie my dad has chosen for a first-grade pal and me to see is the new Disney live-action adventure Tonka,... More>>
X-Filer Fun
Plot holes aside, Scully and Mulder once again manage to entertain
, June 18, 1998
The X-Files is a movie that answers questions ... no, wait a minute: The X-Files is a movie that asks questions.... The X-Files is a movie that... More>>
Bedroom Banter
Hav Plenty offers light humor, African-American style
, June 18, 1998
With '80s-style torn jeans, pimples strategically adorning his forehead and hair looking like it just came out of a coma, Christopher Scott... More>>
Power Mower
Lawn Dogs yawns first, then surges
, June 11, 1998
For much of its first hour, Lawn Dogs staggers between success and failure. The film's first images, for example, of a "Lawn Dog" (an unfortunate... More>>
Love Bane of Cobain
Kurt and Courtney overcomes serious flaws for an intriguing, offbeat documentary
, June 11, 1998
Nick Broomfield's biggest asset is his ability to keep a straight face. The British documentary-maker's several films about transgressive women... More>>
Tube Message
Everyman's Jim Carrey examines TV's omnipotence in The Truman Show
, June 04, 1998
The Truman Show, starring Jim Carrey, is the zeitgeist movie of the hour. How could it not be? It's all about the omnipotence of television and... More>>
This False Note's for You
, June 04, 1998
Call it "Neilism": the unblinking acceptance of just about anything Neil Young does, just because it's him doing it. The far-too-cozy alleged... More>>
Disco Daze Downer
Dance-craze era bows out squeaky clean
, June 04, 1998
Most people associate the disco era with hedonism, homosexuality, a sense of community, tacky fashions and awful music. But in The Last Days of... More>>
Irony Deficient
Hope Floats stays shallow
, May 28, 1998
Only a week after lizards came crawling across the nation's screens in both Godzilla and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hope Floats comes... More>>
Monster Mash
Small, TV-sized minds and marketing overshadow special effects
, May 28, 1998
The "Size Matters" marketing campaign for Godzilla is far more ingenious than the movie. It's also highly annoying -- and somewhat misleading.... More>>
A Fine Kettle of Fluff
, May 21, 1998
Where was the montage? About halfway through the Brit caper comedy Shooting Fish, lovely young heroine Georgie (Kate Beckinsale) and sensitive... More>>
Contact High
Fear and Loathing is the latest in Terry Gilliam's cinematic revolution
, May 21, 1998
Could it have been all the drugs that kept Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas from being made into a movie? Whatever the cause, journalist Hunter S.... More>>
Post-Commie Depression
In A Friend of the Deceased, our hero longs for the U.S.S.R.
, May 21, 1998
Vyacheslav Krishtofovich's new film, A Friend of the Deceased, is really two studies: one in the violent changes the former Soviet bloc countries... More>>
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>>
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>>
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