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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>>
Jackie Can
First Strike packs a stronger punch than most recent Chan films
, January 09, 1997
New Line's release of Jackie Chan's First Strike is salvo number three in Chan's invasion of America. (Salvo number four, Miramax's version of... More>>
Peron to Excess
, January 02, 1997
A famous movie composer once told me a joke: Two songwriters are sitting around, and one of them says to the other, "I just saw the most amazing... More>>
Lost Keys
Shine strikes a few false notes in its delicate tale of salvation
, January 02, 1997
When we first see middle-aged Australian David Helfgott (Geoffrey Rush) in Shine, he's standing in the driving rain and tapping at the window of... More>>
Black & White, By the Numbers
, January 02, 1997
Lots of hearts are in the right place in Rob Reiner's Ghosts of Mississippi, but none are beating. Scripted by Lewis Colick and based on the true... More>>
Star Turn
Shirley MacLaine shines -- but she's the only bright spot in Terms of Endearment's sequel
, December 26, 1996
Hollywood routinely creates movies whose sole reason for existence is to provide a beloved celebrity a scenery-chewing star turn; occasionally,... More>>
The Lady Vanishes
Jane Campion's adaptation of Henry James gets everything wrong
, December 26, 1996
When an incredulous Jane Campion fan asked what I hated about her version of Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady, I immediately responded,... More>>
Doesn't Suck
Beavis and Butt-head get off the couch and onto the big screen
, December 19, 1996
For years, smarm mongers have urged us to get in touch with our inner child, a delightful little creature who would greatly improve our outlook... More>>
Love and Other Agenda Items
, December 19, 1996
Early this year, in the psycho-gangster/vampire movie From Dusk till Dawn, George Clooney, of TV's ER, kept his head while all about him were... More>>
That Old Black Magic
After 40 years, The Crucible's melodrama still works its spell
, December 19, 1996
Why a movie of The Crucible now? Arthur Miller's play about the Salem witchcraft trials was first staged on Broadway in 1953, when McCarthyism... More>>
Oh, God
The Preacher's Wife is a tepid remake of a tepid original
, December 12, 1996
Whitney Houston has had a Movie Star Moment -- just not in a movie. Near the end of the "I'm Saving All My Love for You" video, she turns toward... More>>
, December 12, 1996
Some amusing stuff about sports agentry drowns in the emotional shallows of Jerry Maguire, which stars Tom Cruise (in the title role) as a... More>>
It's Topps!
In Mars Attacks!, Tim Burton turns his ray gun on everything in sight
, December 12, 1996
Forget Independence Day. If you really want to see Earth get it, you can't do any better than Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! It's a destructo orgy... More>>
Fighting Words
, December 05, 1996
The stodgy works of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, makers of Howard's End and Jefferson in Paris, have encouraged the sad notion that costume... More>>
Tunnel Vision
Daylight is hopelessly dim
, December 05, 1996
It's impossible to capture on the printed page the anticipatory thrill of watching Sylvester Stallone handle rapid-fire dialogue: the rumbling... More>>
Scorsese Gets Personal
, November 28, 1996
In 1955, the British Film Institute commissioned 18 TV documentaries from 18 different nations and regions to commemorate "The Century of... More>>
Silver Balls
Arnold goes last-minute Christmas shopping, and he buys a turkey
, November 28, 1996
In the golden age of Hollywood, no less than Frank Capra owned Christmas on the big screen. But if you want Proof Number 496 of how far things... More>>
Disney's Dalmatians ain't the puppy chow it could have been
, November 28, 1996
In the post-Babe era, can you make a live-action movie about animals and not have them talk to one another? For me, this is the deep... More>>
Love and War
, November 21, 1996
Anthony Minghella believes in ghosts -- and, at his best, makes believers out of viewers, too. The writer/director of Truly Madly Deeply and this... More>>
Boldly Going
The latest voyage of the Enterprise is a trip worth taking
, November 21, 1996
On its 30th anniversary, Star Trek exists only as fetish or fool's pastime. The original series continues to air as a faded relic; the Next... More>>
Show Bees-ness
, November 21, 1996
The ratings system has its inconsistencies, but, after reading a synopsis of Microcosmos, you'd have to wonder just what the MPAA was thinking.... More>>
An Off Night
, November 14, 1996
After the rowdy cacophony of Baz Luhrmann's turbo-charged Romeo & Juliet, the prospect of a more traditional Shakespearean adaptation is more... More>>
Partners in Crime
, November 14, 1996
Palookaville is an engaging trifle about three unemployed buddies who are just desperate enough to consider larceny as a means of temporary... More>>
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