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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>>
Heart of Glass
Too much symbolism (and too little sex) shatters Oscar and Lucinda
, February 05, 1998
Set in 19th-century Australia, this tale of two gamblers -- Oscar, a failed minister, and Lucinda, a glassworks owner -- is too wispy to be an... More>>
Porcelain Pop
Beautiful around the edges, Great Expectations is wispy at the core
, January 29, 1998
In the new Great Expectations, directed by Alfonso Cuaron and scripted by Mitch Glazer, the teeming world of Charles Dickens's 1861 novel is very... More>>
On the Nickel
Houston director Greg Carter makes an audacious first try in Fifth Ward
, January 29, 1998
Fifth Ward, first-time director Greg Carter's film about inhabitants of Houston's most notorious ghetto, is a charmingly amateurish effort that... More>>
God Help Us
The Apostle's road to hell is paved with good intentions
, January 29, 1998
As The Apostle's title character, E.F. "Sonny" Dewey, writer/director Robert Duvall never stops moving and never speaks in a voice lower than a... More>>
This Is Your Brain on Drugs
Like, wow: Half Baked proves to be half-witted
, January 22, 1998
Would that Half Baked were even as well done as its title implies. This attempt at a contemporary pothead comedy makes you long for the lightness... More>>
Do Not Go Gentle
The Winter Guest deserves a warm reception
, January 22, 1998
It seems contradictory to describe a movie as both expansive in scope and personal. But The Winter Guest, the first offering from director Alan... More>>
Dripping with Irony
Hard Rain drowns the myth of small-town virtue
, January 22, 1998
After watching Hard Rain, all but the most intrepid humans and whatever ducks are in the audience will probably feel like changing into dry... More>>
Can't Get Up
If only Fallen were as tightly and shrewdly constructed as its ad
, January 15, 1998
After Santa's overstuffed sack of Oscar qualifiers is disgorged onto New York and Los Angeles screens in December, the studios have little left... More>>
Made in Houston
, January 15, 1998
Three years ago, the Museum of Fine Arts put together "First Look," a showcase of films made by Houstonians. Back by popular demand, the series... More>>
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