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My Life as an Orphan The Cider House Rules.
Lasse Hallström deftly juggles contradictions in the coming-of-age story The Cider House Rules
, December 16, 1999
It is rare to find a movie that is as accomplished, multilayered and rewarding as the novel from which it was adapted, but The Cider House Rules... More>>
Getting to Know You, Again Anna and the King.
Sumptuous, massive and lyrical, Anna and the King is a classic reborn
, December 16, 1999
I sincerely hope that Jodie Foster gets a chance to relax and unwind this holiday season, because the lady has obviously worked like a horse to... More>>
Mousetrap Stuart Little.
Stuart Little's thick sugar coating is fine for kids. All others, beware.
, December 16, 1999
It's too tempting to resist. You see, there's a secret about Stuart Little that the fine folk at Sony don't want to blow. It's not that every one... More>>
E.T. on  Death Row The Green Mile.
Director Frank Darabont gets metaphysical in The Green Mile
, December 09, 1999
Have you ever endured a relationship in which your partner beat you up mercilessly, just so he or she could "heal" you and play the redeemer... More>>
Southern Comfort Ride with the Devil.
Ang Lee dares to cast a compassionate eye at the Confederacy in Ride with the Devil
, December 09, 1999
Nobody is innocent in America, but there is one segment of the population that seems doggedly determined to deny its own ignorance, ugliness and... More>>
The Road Less Traveled Tumbleweeds.
Mother and daughter explore new emotional terrain in the familiar highway saga Tumbleweeds
, December 09, 1999
The heroines of Gavin O'Connor's offbeat road movie Tumbleweeds are a struggling single mother named Mary Jo Walker (Janet McTeer) and her feisty... More>>
Into the  Line of Fire Into the Line of Fire
Swede Lasse Hallström steps into America's abortion controversy with The Cider House Rules
, December 02, 1999
Lasse Hallstrom chuckles heartily as the skeleton tumbles out of his closet. Yes, he admits without a trace of shame, he helped to launch the... More>>
The Gay Life Flawless.
Mainstream director Joel Schumacher may have finally found his true calling
, December 02, 1999
"A Joel Schumacher film." Are there any four words more guaranteed to send shudders of revulsion down the spine of any Gen-X film geek? Ever... More>>
Building on Perfection Toy Story 2.
As funny and flawless as the original, Toy Story 2 suffers only from being second in line
, November 25, 1999
How do you make a sequel to a nearly perfect film? Toy Story, the 1995 hit from Disney and Pixar, was not only the first fully computer-animated... More>>
Terminate This End of Days.
Returning to the apocalyptic theme of T2, End of Days doesn't stand a chance in hell
, November 25, 1999
The last time Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in an apocalypse-themed action movie with a Guns N' Roses theme song, it was Terminator 2, the... More>>
Swede  On Her Show Me Love
Show Me Love examines the ambiguous relationship of two small-town Swedish girls
, November 25, 1999
They're calling it Show Me Love outside of Sweden, where writer-director Lukas Moodysson's seriocomic account of discontent teenagers sold almost... More>>
Horseman, Pass By Sleepy Hollow.
Sleepy Hollow looks great, but it's less filling than Washington Irving
, November 18, 1999
"The spectre is known at all the country firesides by the name of the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow," writes Washington Irving in his... More>>
Enough Is Enough The World Is Not Enough.
Even a first-rate Brosnan can't save this World
, November 18, 1999
Poor old MGM -- the once-golden studio that has been battered and abused by ever-changing ownership and management for nearly three decades now... More>>
Wisconsin Cheese American Movie
American Movie hilariously documents a Midwestern filmmaker's rise to hackdom
, November 18, 1999
The world's demand for minimally talented 30-year-old high school dropouts who believe they're great poets or great musicians or great movie... More>>
Life on the High C's The Legend of 1900.
The Legend of 1900 spins an enchanting fable about an innately talented musician born at sea
, November 18, 1999
A tangible sense of sadness and longing hangs over The Legend of 1900, the mesmerizingly beautiful and poetic new film from Italian director... More>>
Lynch Mob Returns? The Straight Story.
Former fans uncertain of the new direction for a dynamic director
, November 18, 1999
Pay attention now, because there seems to be some confusion about this: David Lynch is a serious person -- a strange person, yes, but a... More>>
Burn The Messenger The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc.
A little Conscience converts Joan of Arc to near comedy
, November 11, 1999
Luc Besson, director of La Femme Nikita, The Professional and The Fifth Element, is not the first name that would leap to mind to helm a biopic... More>>
Glossed Over Anywhere But Here.
Anywhere But Here treats a mother-daugther relationship like kid stuff
, November 11, 1999
Susan Sarandon is one of the screen's most gifted actresses, a fiercely intelligent artist who invests her roles with depth, compassion, wit and... More>>
Life's Even More Beautiful Train of Life.
Train beats the earlier holocaust film's humor and horror
, November 11, 1999
The spirit of Fellini hovers over Train of Life, the third so-called holocaust comedy to come down the pike. Far superior to either Life Is... More>>
Tobacco Toad The Insider.
Mann elevates The Insider to Oscar-level suspense
, November 04, 1999
In the eyes of the general public, Michael Mann is still best known for Miami Vice. He has received a great deal of critical acclaim for films... More>>
Twin Peeks The Straight Story.
Lynch cleverly shows his other side in Straight Story
, November 04, 1999
And now... a G-rated movie from David Lynch! No, Lynch hasn't lost his mind. He hasn't gone soft in the head. And he hasn't sold out to the... More>>
Control Freaks Being John Malkovich.
Being John Malkovich pulls all the right strings
, November 04, 1999
The first rule of Being John Malkovich is you do not look at the poster for Being John Malkovich! Sorry to crib from that inferior tale of... More>>
Jailbreak Babes Bandits.
Outlaw gals sing and zing in this exhuberant German film
, November 04, 1999
Katja von Garnier's Bandits is technically a French film, made with French money. But in every other sense, it's a German film -- in German,... More>>
Far East Epic Princess Mononoke.
Princess Mononoke struggles with evil and English adaptation
, November 04, 1999
Much like the religion that has swirled around the Star Wars trilogy for 20-some years, the fanaticism evidenced among American fans of Japanese... More>>
Blunt Object Joe the King.
A not-subtle but unsettling Joe the King exposes child abuse
, October 28, 1999
Actor Frank Whaley has appeared in more than 30 movies, including Swimming with Sharks and Pulp Fiction. But none of them cuts as close to the... More>>
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