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In Ulee's Gold, Victor Nunez's sticky-sweet direction lacks sting
, June 19, 1997
To get into a good-lovin' mood before each date, a college housemate of mine croaked along to Van Morrison's "Tupelo Honey" while blasting it... More>>
The Write Stuff
The Pillow Book successfully mixes calligraphy and sex
, June 12, 1997
Director Peter Greenaway's films are an acquired taste -- quasi-surrealist fare at its most annoying or resplendent, depending on who you're... More>>
Rough Magic has plenty up its sleeve
, June 12, 1997
In a season of lumbering big-screen circuses, Rough Magic provides a rowdy creative sideshow. It's the kind of haywire high-wire act that... More>>
That Sinking Feeling
Speed 2 runs aground before the ship starts its engine
, June 12, 1997
First, the good news: Unlike most action film sequels, Speed 2: Cruise Control is not a mere retread of the original. Now the bad news: Better it... More>>
War Story
, June 05, 1997
A film about no less than an entire century, Theo Angelopoulos's broodingly majestic Ulysses' Gaze, the Grand Jury Prize winner at Cannes two... More>>
Air Disaster
Bruckheimer's production shows all his Con-temptible traits
, June 05, 1997
It wouldn't be fair to say that the string of hits produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer from 1983 through 1996 are stylistically... More>>
'Til There Was You revisits yuppie angst
, May 29, 1997
It lasted a mere four seasons, but thirtysomething lives on. Its legacy began the moment the show went off the air in 1991: The yuppie angst... More>>
Black to the Future
In The Watermelon Woman, Cheryl Dunye creates her own history
, May 29, 1997
Labels, when they're accurate, can help alert a niche audience to films so close to their lives they're sure to want to see them, almost... More>>
Double Dare
Twin Town isn't another Trainspotting -- but it's not bad, either
, May 29, 1997
Make no mistake: Twin Town ain't Trainspotting, baby. Even though on its poster -- and the soundtrack -- two of its stars are posed in mid-lunge,... More>>
Gay Old Time
, May 22, 1997
It is perhaps a measure of the Houston gay community's clout that the first Houston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is sponsored not by queer... More>>
Warm! Fuzzy! Gay!
The Houston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival opens with a movie even breeders can love
, May 22, 1997
In the age of don't ask, don't tell, when networks are rating their own shows for mature content, Ellen DeGeneres has very publicly declared... More>>
Spielberg's Lost
The Jurassic Park sequel isn't nearly nasty enough
, May 22, 1997
The appearance of The Lost World: Jurassic Park carries a double burden. Not only is it the sequel to the most popular movie ever made but it is... More>>
Time to Kill
, May 15, 1997
Claude Chabrol, one of the original lights of the French New Wave, makes thrillers that would simply never be produced anywhere near a Hollywood... More>>
Pop, Pop, Fizz, Fizz
In Fathers' Day, Billy Crystal and Robin Williams need some comic relief
, May 15, 1997
Gummy with heartfelt folderol and overbearingly chummy, Fathers' Day comes across like a feature-length expansion of its sniffle-and-giggle... More>>
One Angry Man
As Night Falls, Lumet proves even his failures possess spark
, May 15, 1997
Sidney Lumet has had enough ups and downs in his long, prolific career that it's never safe to count him out ... even after two disappointing... More>>
Missing the Marx
Children of the Revolution and Commandments could've been great black comedies
, May 08, 1997
Judy Davis is often at her ravaged best when she's playing women pulled apart by their own warring impulses. Torn between their isolating desire... More>>
Star Lard
With The Fifth Element, Luc Besson swipes from science fiction past to create a slick, vacuous future
, May 08, 1997
In The Fifth Element, the all-knowing, all-powerful Supreme Being of the Universe turns out to be Leeloo (Milla Jovovich), an orange-haired babe... More>>
Why, Spy?
Austin Powers is a swingin' mess
, May 01, 1997
If you're hankering to see a movie that sends up swinging '60s London and Carnaby Street and vintage James Bond movies, don't bother to check out... More>>
Tolstoy, Stripped for Speed
, May 01, 1997
Bernard Rose, the writer/director of the new movie version of Anna Karenina, talks about how lucky he was to discover "this marvelous story as an... More>>
Pulp Friction
Can the creator of Conan the Barbarian fall in love?
, May 01, 1997
Robert E. Howard, the subject of Dan Ireland's wonderful debut film The Whole Wide World, created the sword-and-sorcery genre with his Conan... More>>
Prisoners of Bore
Bruce Beresford's Paradise Road ends up leading nowhere
, April 24, 1997
No one exploited the historical-epic form better than David Lean. At his peak, he used its spaciousness and breadth to develop characters with... More>>
, April 24, 1997
On the festival-and-promo tour that helped the necrophiliac Kissed net advance praise everywhere from the Atlantic Monthly to Newsweek,... More>>
I Lava L.A.!
Volcano destroys the City of Angels with hot magma and cool affection
, April 24, 1997
If you think that all the ills of the planet can be traced to the stench from the movie, record and television industries, and that Los Angeles... More>>
Dead Heads
In this brainless comedy, the corpses are the liveliest things on the screen
, April 17, 1997
Remember this joke? Question: How can you lose ten pounds of ugly fat? Answer: Cut off your head. Well, according to the press kit for 8... More>>
, April 17, 1997
One of the biggest discussion topics among cinephiles -- courtesy of the recent Oscar season -- is whether Hollywood is petering out because it... More>>
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