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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>>
Mel as Mogul
Gibson's star power drives Ransom
, November 07, 1996
Fresh from his epic adventures in the Oscar-winning Braveheart, Mel Gibson returns to the 20th century as a somewhat less heroic figure in... More>>
More Panting than Painting
, November 07, 1996
Whenever someone makes a film about a great artist, it is much easier, and a great deal more cinematic, to show him hopping into bed instead of... More>>
Irish Republican Angst
Michael Collins examines the man behind the IRA
, October 31, 1996
To his credit, Neil Jordan never attempts to disguise his sympathies in Michael Collins, his forlorn epic of blood and thunder. This sweeping... More>>
Larding the Bard
, October 31, 1996
The movie is respectfully titled William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, but don't expect anything like a traditional interpretation of the Bard.... More>>
Revenge Is... Adequate
Sleepers aims for the gut -- and misses
, October 24, 1996
Writer Lorenzo Carcaterra claims that it's all true, that he only changed a few names -- and altered a few identifying details -- to protect the... More>>
Brothers on the Bus
, October 24, 1996
Spike Lee bounces back from the aimless doodling of Girl 6 with Get on the Bus, a labor of love that has the vigor and urgency of something made... More>>
Blasts from the Past
Geena Davis and Gene Hackman exhume some explosive histories
, October 17, 1996
Screenwriter Shane Black may have received the record sum of $4 million for writing The Long Kiss Goodnight, but the movie itself is a fairly... More>>
Mad for Art
Examining Werner Herzog, the director who ate his shoe
, October 17, 1996
German film director Werner Herzog has a couple of reputations. He is an important artist, and he is also a prankster in the style of Dennis... More>>
Woman Trouble
, October 10, 1996
Bound promises a lesbian revenge thriller starring quirky actress Jennifer Tilly and she-came-from-Showgirls vamp Gina Gershon. Given that... More>>
Life, and How We Live it
In Secrets and Lies, Mike Leigh creates fiction with the feel of fact
, October 10, 1996
British filmmaker Mike Leigh often evidences genuine sympathy, if not boundless affection, for the characters who populate his bleakly comical,... More>>
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