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Well Executed Mr. Death
Mr. Death comes alive in a disturbing documentary by Errol Morris
, February 17, 2000
Calling the subject matter of Errol Morris's latest documentary, Mr. Death, "unpleasant" is like referring to the lavatory on a tuna boat as... More>>
Storming The Beach The Beach.
However shallow, Leonardo DiCaprio delivers a baptism of blood
, February 10, 2000
Ewan McGregor. You can't toss a caber in Scotland these days without toppling a gaggle of blokes who closely resemble him. Yet some magical... More>>
Reel Worlds The Pan Cultural Film Festival
Houston mines international gold with the Pan-Cultural Film Festival
, February 10, 2000
Mohammed Kamara believes that film is the true universal language. It certainly has been for him. As a boy in Guinea, West Africa, he was exposed... More>>
The Pan-Cultural Film Festival Schedule
February 10-13
, February 10, 2000
The Lineup: Thursday, February 10 Angelika Film Center 5 p.m.: The Opium War (China/UK) Friday, February 11 Museum of Fine Arts noon: Chimera... More>>
Smoke Screen Holy Smoke.
Jane Campion's latest has much to say about nothing at all
, February 10, 2000
Jane Campion's 1992 film, The Piano, was an intoxicating work of art, a film of such beauty and power that it literally took my breath away.... More>>
Mousse Crossing The Big Tease.
Think of the mildly amusing Big Tease as the Spinal Tap of haute coiffure
, February 10, 2000
La crème de la coiffure! A mock documentary about, of all things, a Scottish hairdresser who travels to America to compete in an... More>>
Victorian Odd Couple Topsy-Turvy.
Director turns his working-class concerns to a higher grade of neurosis: Gilbert and Sullivan
, February 03, 2000
The evening of March 14, 1885, was an auspicious one in the annals of musical theater. Less than four years had passed since the opening of... More>>
That Was Then... Simpatico.
Confusing Simpatico explores the guilt that haunts three friends who pulled a scam in their youth
, February 03, 2000
Sharon Stone doesn't appear on-screen until halfway through this tale of three lives unraveling, but when she does, she makes quite an impression... More>>
The Man Who Would Be Killed The Emperor and the Assassin.
Chinese epic The Emperor and the Assassin transcends borders
, February 03, 2000
Director Chen Kaige is best known in the United States for Farewell My Concubine, the most successful Chinese production ever released here. As... More>>
Illuminating the Stage Illuminating the Stage
Director Mike Leigh explores the politics and process of theater in Topsy-Turvy
, January 27, 2000
One wonders, one does. The name of Mike Leigh has been attached to some intense, intricate, generally superb character studies in the past three... More>>
Valley of the Dull Isn't She Great.
Susann biopic isn't Great, not by a long shot
, January 27, 2000
The subject matter is surely the stuff of which can't-miss movies are made: Jacqueline Susann, author of the best-seller Valley of the Dolls and... More>>
Poor, Pitiful Me Angela's Ashes.
Even the great Alan Parker can't save Angela's Ashes from sappy self-absorption
, January 20, 2000
Boo hoo! Frank McCourt had a miserable childhood! Honestly, who can say their childhood wasn't impoverished in some wayŠ or in many ways?... More>>
Ambition Overload Craddle Will Rock.
Tim Robbins's Cradle Will Rock only feels like it's re-creating the '30s a day at a time
, January 20, 2000
In Cradle Will Rock, his third directorial outing, Tim Robbins takes on an almost insurmountably ambitious project: re-creating an era by weaving... More>>
Storm Warning The Hurricane.
Denzel Washington delivers a series of windy speeches in The Hurricane
, January 13, 2000
When you hear the title The Hurricane, you imagine Dorothy Lamour, reclining against a palm tree in her sarong. Instead, with this wanna-be Oscar... More>>
Schizo Girl, Interrupted.
Girl, Interrupted can't distinguish between crazy and normal adolescent turmoil
, January 13, 2000
Some people really are crazy, but then, "crazy" is a relative term. Does it apply to someone who feels he might spin off into outer space and... More>>
Short Cuts Magnolia.
Director borrows from the Robert Altman stylebook to create his Magnolia "masterpiece"
, January 06, 2000
When Paul Thomas Anderson's second feature, Boogie Nights, was released in 1997, critics and film industry types fell over themselves to... More>>
Tragic Sap The End of the Affair.
Neil Jordan's adaptation of Affair buries all subtlety under a mountain of melodrama
, January 06, 2000
"Hell is a sort of high-class nightclub," wrote George Orwell, "entry to which is reserved for Catholics only." This sentiment is on stark... More>>
Disney Lightens Up Fantasia/2000.
Fantasia/2000 strikes a better balance between serious and comic elements
, December 30, 1999
Sixty years after the release of the original Fantasia, Disney has finally gotten around to making new musical segments for a reprise of the... More>>
Handheld Torture Rosetta.
The documentary-style Rosetta travels into a heart of darkness -- and stays there
, December 30, 1999
For whatever reason, this latest Belgian import to the United States has an almost identical title to the year's other major Belgian import.... More>>
Thank You  Very Little Man on the Moon.
Carrey craftily channels Kaufman, but is the late comedian worthy of a lofty bio-pic?
, December 23, 1999
Ah, what a miracle that Andy Kaufman was. So sublime his wit, so pioneering his spirit. Astonishing! A hero to be loved, adored and emulated by... More>>
Paydirt! Any Given Sunday.
Oliver Stone delivers the ultimate guy movie with Any Given Sunday
, December 23, 1999
Let's hear it for sports movies! The most avid sports fan can occasionally be bored by lackluster games, but even the casual spectator can... More>>
Warp Factor Ten Galaxy Quest.
Galaxy Quest is an exhilarating and affectionate parody of all things Roddenberry
, December 23, 1999
On the face of it, it wouldn't seem too hard to do an effective parody of Star Trek. Certainly many have tried; who can forget Jim Carrey on In... More>>
Screwball Drama All About My Mother
Almodovar leans toward the dark side in this often funny meditation on the bond of all women
, December 23, 1999
At first glance, Pedro Almodovar's All About My Mother seems uncharacteristically grim for a filmmaker with such a demonic sense of humor. Within... More>>
Postmodern Park Mansfield Park
Canadian director Patricia Rozema makes a compelling case for her reinterpretation of Jane Austen
, December 23, 1999
The last half-decade has been very good to Jane Austen: Besides Ang Lee's estimable 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility, we've been given film... More>>
Mr. Robotic Bicentennial Man.
Robin Williams wastes his comic talents in the mawkish, mechanical Bicentennial Man
, December 16, 1999
If there's anything that could make me believe in a cruel and vengeful God (or in the existence of the Dark Prince himself), it's the incredible... More>>
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