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Angst Among Thieves
City of Industry is too existential for its own good
, March 13, 1997
City of Industry starts out promisingly and then turns into the kind of crime thriller only a pointy-headed postmodernist could love. Since a lot... More>>
Kickin' It
, March 13, 1997
love jones -- writer/director Theodore Witcher's debut film, which won the Audience Award at January's Sundance Film Festival -- takes a lucid... More>>
Jack Squat
Nicholson's latest falls far short of Five Easy Pieces
, March 13, 1997
If we take Bob Rafelson at his word, Blood & Wine completes a trilogy about family relationships that started with the director's two crowning... More>>
Radio Daze
Howard Stern shows off his Private Parts, and they're really quite nice
, March 06, 1997
During the first few minutes of Howard Stern's romp through his inexplicable life, he spells out his mission: Private Parts will both convert the... More>>
Rapumentary
, March 06, 1997
Given that hip-hop has begun turning on itself -- gangsta factions splinter between Left and Right coasts, Marion "Suge" Knight is knocked off... More>>
Bumpy Ride
David Lynch barrels down the Lost Highway and crashes into twisted brilliance
, February 27, 1997
In the two decades since Eraserhead, David Lynch has established himself as American cinema's premier surrealist, our own Wizard of Weird.... More>>
A Sharp Right
In When We Were Kings, Ali delivers the performance of a lifetime
, February 27, 1997
In Norman Mailer's The Fight, his great book on the Muhammad Ali/George Foreman "Rumble in the Jungle," he begins by writing of Ali, "There is... More>>
A Deep Cut
Thornton's haunting, droll Sling Blade draws rich blood
, February 20, 1997
Billy Bob Thornton's richly observed Sling Blade opens with a prologue that can only be described as its own small film, a laconically eerie... More>>
Life and Darth
, February 20, 1997
Irvin Kershner's The Empire Strikes Back, the continuation of George Lucas's Star Wars, is a classic in its own right, one I vastly prefer to the... More>>
Where Angels Fear to Tread
Matthew Perry goes from a small-screen friend to a big-screen fool
, February 13, 1997
You'd think that after more than a decade in this business, I'd have learned one simple, sanity-preserving rule: January and February are good... More>>
Brothers in Chains
The Russian Prisoner has an air of bittersweet timelessness
, February 13, 1997
Although Russian director Sergei Bodrov has made half a dozen features and won a fistful of awards since the mid-'80s, he is virtually unknown in... More>>
Power Outage
Eastwood crawls over the hill and into the sunset
, February 13, 1997
In Absolute Power, Clint Eastwood plays Luther Whitney, a master thief who burgles on little cat feet. He's as stealthy as the Pink Panther... More>>
The Man Behind Andy
, February 06, 1997
Dallas filmmaker Spencer Williams was revered as an idol and a groundbreaker by the black community that flocked to his movies, and rightly so.... More>>
Little Orphan Commie
Kolya is sweet, charming -- and shameless
, February 06, 1997
Kolya is being talked up as the odds-on favorite to cop this year's Oscar for best foreign-language film. It just might win. It's cuddly and... More>>
Dead Man Acting
Hollywood never realized that Tupac Shakur was always better than his movies
, February 06, 1997
While Tupac Shakur lay bleeding to death inside Suge Knight's car last fall after an attack on the Las Vegas strip -- all his crack bodyguards... More>>
Days in the Park
, January 30, 1997
Playwright Herb Gardner managed to immortalize retirement-age concerns on the American stage with his 1986 Tony Award-winning I'm Not Rappaport,... More>>
Time and Crime
In Les Voleurs, neither is simple
, January 30, 1997
The narrative of Andre Techine's Les Voleurs (Thieves) opens shortly after the story's climax. A gangster's corpse is brought to his isolated... More>>
Mothers Against Deliberate Dying
Some Mother's Son shows an uprising's confusion
, January 30, 1997
Terry George, the director and co-writer (with Jim Sheridan) of Some Mother's Son, has more complicated feelings about Northern Ireland than he... More>>
Animal Crackers
, January 23, 1997
You can bet that at one point or another, some executive wanted the title to this long-awaited nonsequel to A Fish Called Wanda to be A Lemur... More>>
As He Likes It
Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet may be complete, but something's still a little rotten
, January 23, 1997
Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh) is Prince of Denmark. After his father (Richard Briers) dies, his uncle Claudius (Derek Jacobi) takes the throne and... More>>
Oedipus Wrecks
Albert Brooks keeps asking, "Mother, may I?" The answer's a resounding... maybe.
, January 23, 1997
In Mother, Albert Brooks plays John Henderson, a science-fiction novelist recently divorced from his second wife who decides he can't risk... More>>
Cold-Blooded Sacrifice
, January 16, 1997
Okay, metaphor buffs: An Albino Alligator, we're informed in the movie of that name, is what the other alligators in a group send out as a... More>>
Manhattan Melodies
In Woody's world, everyone erupts into show tunes
, January 16, 1997
World governments may topple, stock markets may soar and crash, deadly viruses may mantle the globe, but one constant remains: Woody Allen still... More>>
Porn Again
Larry Flynt the movie does something Larry Flynt the man wouldn't: It fails to go all the way
, January 09, 1997
Milos Forman's The People vs. Larry Flynt is a rags-to-riches success story with a twist: The recipient of the American Dream is a pornographer... More>>
Death Becomes Her
, January 09, 1997
Marvin's Room, starring Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep as sisters who reunite uneasily for the first time in 20 years, is one of those movies... More>>
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