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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>>
Hello, Dalai
In Kundun, Martin Scorsese meets Tibetan Buddhism
, January 15, 1998
Martin Scorsese's Kundun is a deeply ceremonial experience. It's like watching a serene pageant of colors, rituals, costumes. It's about the... More>>
, January 15, 1998
It's always depressing when an action movie presents a plot idea that, though reminiscent of earlier ventures, at least comes off as a new spin... More>>
More Troubles
As The Boxer, Daniel Day-Lewis K.O.'s a weak script
, January 08, 1998
Where would Irish filmmakers these days be without The Troubles? In just the past couple of years we've seen The Crying Game, In the Name of the... More>>
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