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Pulp Without Politics
Can Oliver Stone leave his obsessions behind?
, October 02, 1997
Oliver Stone's low-budget, hopped-up film noir, U-Turn, is being billed as a change of pace for the Conspiracy Dude, but actually it looks quite... More>>
Vive le Vampire
Irma Vep is a French kiss with just enough bite
, September 25, 1997
Critics and audiences outside France have been going on for so long about the decline in French cinema that it's fun to see a French film, Irma... More>>
Police Brutality
The terrific L.A. Confidential captures our worst suspicions of how the world works
, September 25, 1997
The 1950s-era Los Angeles of L.A. Confidential is Noir Central. Its denizens are tattooed in shadow; the play of light and dark in the streets,... More>>
Closet Case
In & Out goes both ways -- funny and funnier
, September 25, 1997
Howard and Emily's marriage is the talk of Greenleaf, Indiana, a small town idyllic enough to repel Norman Rockwell. The town has waited three... More>>
New Studio, Same Old Stuff
DreamWorks's first film is a conventional tale of glam and guns
, September 25, 1997
The Peacemaker is the first feature from DreamWorks, the studio headed by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. It stars George... More>>
Losing It
All work and no play make this a gloomy Game
, September 11, 1997
The Game is a puzzle picture, and beyond its premise, there isn't much you can divulge without giving the show away. I'm not one of those critics... More>>
Workers of the World, Untie!
, September 11, 1997
This has been a rough year at the movies for British working stiffs, but a great year for feel-good stories of their redemption. In the art... More>>
Reel to Real
Filmmaker and archivist Rick Prelinger protects America's forgotten "home movies"
, September 04, 1997
Somewhere in the meatpacking district in downtown Manhattan, behind a nondescript door in an unremarkable building, about 100,000 reels of film... More>>
Back to School
Once again, here's to you, Mrs. Robinson
, September 04, 1997
Over the last few months, 30 years after its mixture of cheekiness and sappiness created a nationwide box-office sensation, The Graduate has been... More>>
Excess Brattage
, August 28, 1997
Excess Baggage, Alicia Silverstone's first feature from her First Kiss Productions, turns out to be a rather shaggy and uninvolving jaunt. As... More>>
Time to Kill
Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger take a Chainsaw to their careers
, August 28, 1997
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation -- a goofy remake of the 1974 scare, uh, classic -- is a film so worthless the admission ought to... More>>
Robin Hoodlum
, August 28, 1997
Director Bill Duke's valentine to Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson, the king of the Harlem numbers racket back in the 1930s, is called Hoodlum. But that... More>>
Filial Flub
She's So Lovely proves Nick Cassavetes should leave his dad alone
, August 28, 1997
If you're nostalgic for the cockeyed let-it-all-out gabfests of the late John Cassavetes, She's So Lovely will seem like dejà vu all over... More>>
G.I. Jane traps a testosterone-poisoned lunkhead in Demi Moore's body
, August 21, 1997
In G.I. Jane, Demi Moore's Naval Intelligence officer, Lieutenant Jordan O'Neil, is recruited as a test case to be the first female Navy SEAL.... More>>
Slaying Mantis
, August 21, 1997
When the beautiful entomologist rips open the chest cavity of a huge bloodthirsty insect in the sci-fi nightmare Mimic, it turns into Thoracic... More>>
Peace and Lite
In Box of Moonlight, John Turturro finds himself ... in a too-precious movie
, August 21, 1997
When Time magazine columnist Walter Shapiro recently referred to himself as part of a generation that still believes "A Thousand Clowns holds all... More>>
Shoot the Sheriff
Stallone seeks, but doesn't find, redemption in Cop Land
, August 14, 1997
The cops in Cop Land carry on like a bunch of goombahs. On the take from the Mob, they mimic the Mob. The fuzzy line dividing cops and crooks is... More>>
Real Girls
, August 14, 1997
Mike Leigh's new Career Girls is compact and minor. I don't mean that as a slam, exactly. After the dawdling expansiveness of last year's Secrets... More>>
No Balls
In the battle of the sexes, the Company men lose
, August 14, 1997
First-time writer/director Neil LaBute's In the Company of Men is about Chad (Aaron Eckhart) and Howard (Matt Malloy), two thirtyish white-collar... More>>
But What If the Nuts Are Right?
Conspiracy Theory offers a new action hero: the addled Everyman
, August 07, 1997
Jerry Fletcher, the hero of Conspiracy Theory, is a comic, glamorous variation on Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver. Like Travis, he's a New York... More>>
The Unhappy Hooker
Star Maps sells itself cheap
, August 07, 1997
In the not-so-brave new world of independent filmmaking, low-budget movies premiere at Sundance or Cannes and win plaudits from over-psyched... More>>
Perfect Mess
What's wrong with this Picture? Everything.
, July 31, 1997
In Picture Perfect, Jennifer Aniston tells a whopper of a lie partially to win the attentions of a guy who has heretofore ignored her, interrupts... More>>
On the big screen, Spawn is as flat as a comic book page
, July 31, 1997
John Leguizamo is lithe and full of juice -- he's like the shy boy who suddenly discovers he can dance and can't keep still. Given his need to... More>>
Flunking Out
187 is a blackboard bungle
, July 31, 1997
187, a number favored by adolescent thugs, is the California state penal code number for homicide -- and a harsh sentence for all involved in... More>>
Chan Do
With Operation Condor, Jackie Chan continues his campaign to conquer the U.S.
, July 24, 1997
It's no secret that the "new" Jackie Chan releases in the U.S. aren't really new at all. In fact, they're not even showing up in chronological... More>>
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