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Riled Ones The Acid House.
Acid House keeps the weird, dreary delights of Trainspotting
, October 28, 1999
Scotsman Irvine Welsh became a literary sensation in Britain with the publication of his first novel, Trainspotting; and Danny Boyle's film... More>>
String Along Music of the Heart.
Maudlin Music hardly matches the Craven image
, October 28, 1999
Wes Craven -- purveyor of fine horror movies, including A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven's New Nightmare and the Scream trilogy -- has... More>>
Mortal Soul Bringing Out the Dead.
Scorsese and Cage elevate the EKG of the mean streets
, October 21, 1999
"That reminds me of the movies Marty made about New York," stammered Lou Reed somewhere in the mid-'80s. "All those frank and brutal movies that... More>>
Guano Grief Bats.
Bats has horror, for all the wrong reasons
, October 21, 1999
The everyman hero of the horror movie Bats, a small-town Texas sheriff played by Lou Diamond Phillips, is given an odd character trait. After he... More>>
Thelma Kills a Mockingbird Crazy in Alabama.
Crazy's strong cast can't overcome a combo script
, October 21, 1999
Based on his directorial debut, there are three things we can safely say about Antonio Banderas: 1) he's an actor's director -- he can pick a... More>>
Irreconcilable As Ever The Story of Us.
You know The Story of Us; he's fun, she's frigid
, October 14, 1999
According to The Story of Us, men and women have different responses to life, love and sex, and this can sometimes result in conflicts and... More>>
Beyond Despair Fight Club.
Tired plotlines pummel Fight Club
, October 14, 1999
David Fincher needs a hug, the poor bastard. Or possibly a diaper change. Ever since 1992, when he ruined the Alien series with the excrescence... More>>
Stamp of Approval The Limey.
The Limey brings out the best in a venerable star
, October 14, 1999
Despite the fact that it's set in the here and now, or at least in the L.A. and now, there's a strong dose of '60s nostalgia in director Steven... More>>
Back to the Beat The Source.
Source pays homage to Kerouac and company
, October 14, 1999
The hipster wisdom about America in the 1950s holds that the entire war-weary nation was at political and spiritual rest, straitjacketed by... More>>
Ford Fatigue Random Hearts.
Harrison plods through the flat Pollack mystery Random Hearts
, October 07, 1999
Insomniacs, rejoice! During the first several decades of Sydney Pollack's bloated, interminable Random Hearts, your eyelids will droop, your... More>>
Geek Orthodox Superstar.
Superstar's Shannon makes a strangely affecting nerd
, October 07, 1999
Jesus, Mary and Joseph! The repressed Irish Catholic schoolgirl that Molly Shannon plays on Saturday Night Live is certainly not everyone's cup... More>>
Sappy Happy Happy, Texas.
Indie accolades can't elevate a generic film
, October 07, 1999
The triumvirate is complete. First Paris, Texas, then Dancer, Texas Pop. 81, and now Happy, Texas. German existentialism. Coming-of-age... More>>
Desert Gold Three Kings.
An imaginative Three Kings skewers the combat genre
, September 30, 1999
There is nothing gratifying about watching a bullet blast through a woman's skull. Exploding helicopters and splattered cattle are utterly... More>>
Luck of the Puck Mystery, Alaska.
Sweet irreverence works in Mystery, Alaska
, September 30, 1999
The premise is preposterous, the final score inevitable, and the record reading on the feel-good-ometer is totally predictable. But Mystery,... More>>
Senior Fling Guinevere.
Guinevere gives a new twist to old-young romance
, September 30, 1999
Ah, May-December romance! It's a grand old tradition in movies going back to Daddy Longlegs, and it's almost always a male fantasy: With the... More>>
Hark Felt Hark Felt
Chinese Ghost Story gives animation a new realm
, September 30, 1999
A rich mix of action, fable and modern comedy mark the animated Chinese Ghost Story as kin to kung fu director Tsui Hark's live martial arts... More>>
Those Crazy Kids Drive Me Crazy.
A talented cast transcends Drive Me Crazy's cheesy formula
, September 30, 1999
The fact that Drive Me Crazy is actually based on a novel (How I Created My Perfect Prom Date, by Todd Strasser) is a sadder comment on the state... More>>
Bold Beauty American Beauty.
The hilarious and heartbreaking demise of a family
, September 23, 1999
Grown-ups, take heart. Even if you misspent your summer at the movies pigging out on reheated space adventure, slob humor and stubborn, old... More>>
So Far So Good My Life So Far.
Small is better in this story of introspection
, September 23, 1999
Ten-year-old Fraser Pettigrew leads an idyllic existence. He lives on a bucolic estate in Scotland with five siblings, four dogs, his gentle... More>>
Psyched Out Mumford.
Mumford muddles through fantasyland
, September 23, 1999
Have you heard? The only tools a nice fellow needs to repair the damaged psyches of an entire town are a guilty conscience and a dash of insight.... More>>
Solid Delivery For Love of the Game.
Costner scores by striking out the schmaltz
, September 16, 1999
"You and me?" asks catcher Gus Sinski (John C. Reilly) of his old friend, veteran pitcher Billy Chapel (Kevin Costner). "One more time?" It's a... More>>
Minus a Plus The Minus Man.
First-rate acting elevates this film beyond its familiar plot
, September 16, 1999
There's a long tradition of stories about mysterious drifters who arrive in a small town and either create trouble or catalyze an explosion of... More>>
Crimefighter in Spite of Himself Blue Streak
Blue Streak is not quite up to its identity crisis
, September 16, 1999
Since his TV show ended, Martin Lawrence has gotten more ink for his off-camera life than for his movie career. There's nothing about Blue Streak... More>>
History with Honor Return with Honor
Pilot POWs' survival goes far beyond the Vietnam War
, September 16, 1999
It is the wry humor and amazing equanimity of the men profiled in the documentary Return with Honor that proves most astonishing. They were among... More>>
A Stir of Bacon Stir of Echoes.
Ghostly Echoes add up to a posthypnotic thriller
, September 09, 1999
Whether it's bad or good commercial luck that the thriller Stir of Echoes follows so closely on the heels of The Sixth Sense, M. Night... More>>
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