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Come See the Paradise The Color of Paradise
This gentle Iranian import proves that children speak louder than fundamental ideologies
, June 01, 2000
It is difficult to reconcile American perceptions of Iran, a rigidly authoritarian Islamic fundamentalist society, with the captivating and... More>>
Sexual Orienting Onscreen The Houston Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Gay and lesbian fest features new looks at homosexuality
, May 25, 2000
Throughout the first six decades of commercial cinema in America, the love that dared not speak its name was not entirely invisible. But you had... More>>
Beefcake
A film about a pioneer in homoerotica features hefty bods but thin characters
, May 25, 2000
Giddy retro kitsch, talking-heads documentary and intensely campy melodrama are just a few of the ingredients tossed into the mulligan stew that... More>>
Love in the Time of Chundering Bossa Nova
Hoping to be a modern-day Pillow Talk, Bossa Nova merely blows its cookies
, May 25, 2000
To begin, let us discuss puking. You know, upchucking, barfing, yacking, Technicolor yawning, blowing cookies, driving the porcelain bus,... More>>
T-Rex in Mouse Ears Dinosaur.
The Mesozoic Era undergoes the Disney treatment in Dinosaur
, May 18, 2000
Dinosaurs used to be cool. In 1969, if you had asked me what was the best movie ever made, the answer would likely have been The Valley of... More>>
Roadkill Road Trip.
Remember American Pie? This is the same Trip.
, May 18, 2000
Road Trip makes American Pie look like Fast Times at Ridgemont High; Fast Times like Animal House; and Animal House like Citizen Kane. It ranks... More>>
Small Pleasures Small Time Crooks.
Woody Allen's Crooks aims low and succeeds
, May 18, 2000
Woody Allen is back on screen in Small Time Crooks, a bittersweet comedy that in many ways could have been lifted straight from the '30s. For the... More>>
The Play's (Not) the Thing The Big Kahuna.
All the world's a stage in the toothless Big Kahuna
, May 18, 2000
When stars get popular enough (or win enough Oscars), they start to call their own shots. Thus we have The Big Kahuna, the debut release of Kevin... More>>
On Their Toes Center Stage.
Filmmakers return ballet, with all its metaphorical foreplay and backstage romance, to Center Stage
, May 11, 2000
When asked to name the most erotic sequence they have ever seen in a film, people tend to pick moments like the love scene between Julie Christie... More>>
Rave On Human Traffic.
Impressive Human Traffic isn't always pretty, much like the scene it covers
, May 11, 2000
Given that most film studios have multimillion-dollar marketing budgets with which to target 18- to 25-year-olds, it's astonishing how little... More>>
Middle-Age Crazy The Lifestyle.
The Lifestyle goes where no documentary has gone before: suburban group sex
, May 11, 2000
Thirty years ago a cultural sea change allegedly took place in America. It was dubbed the sexual revolution. To read about it at the time was to... More>>
Figgis's Symphony No. 4 Time Code.
Experimental director borrows musical techniques for the intriguing Time Code
, May 11, 2000
Digital video is poised to become a major factor in commercial filmmaking, and Time Code, the new feature from Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas),... More>>
Serious as Hell Gladiator.
Deadly somber Gladiator needs every ounce of earnestness to prevent it from lapsing into parody
, May 04, 2000
There is a killing late in Gladiator, Ridley Scott's new heroic epic, and it is one of those wonderfully cathartic extinguishings that make a... More>>
(Stay) Out of Africa I Dreamed of Africa.
The cast can't transcend the overwrought script to this melodrama set in Kenya
, May 04, 2000
Poor Kim Basinger! In her first role since bagging the 1998 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (for L.A. Confidential, the film that... More>>
Literary Pretensions Up at the Villa.
Based on Maugham's novella, Up at the Villa is little more than trash fiction in a nicer locale
, May 04, 2000
The highfalutin soap operas in W. Somerset Maugham's fiction earned him a huge reading public in his day and made him a favorite of movie... More>>
Damsels in Distress The Virgin Suicides.
Five suburban maidens face the music in Sophia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides
, May 04, 2000
Everybody's a princess at one point or another. Rich girls work it from birth to final crack-up. Bourgeois girls play the... More>>
Prehistoric Rock The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.
The Flintstones, ahem, go back in time for prequel. Old cast opts to stay put.
, April 27, 2000
When the previews for The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas debuted, one imagines that the same thought entered everyone's mind: A Flintstones... More>>
Okie Glamour Where the Heart Is.
Ashley Judd and Natalie Portman as poor white folk? It's best not to question the attraction of Where the Heart Is.
, April 27, 2000
You're just going to have to accept that Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd are far too glamorous for the roles they inhabit in Where the Heart Is.... More>>
New Frequency Frequency.
Filmmakers invent a sci-fi subgenre with this unique twist on time-travel flicks
, April 27, 2000
Go get a few grains of salt to accompany these observations of tenable consistency: The movie industry is run by big kids; nifty sci-fi trickery... More>>
Seek Bomb Shelter Deterrence.
Director Rod Lurie's nuclear debate blows up in his face
, April 27, 2000
Rod Lurie's Deterrence is a bush-league foreign policy debate disguised as a movie. There may come a day when Paramount Classics ships every... More>>
Empire's End The Last September.
High drama and spirited romance spice up The Last September
, April 27, 2000
Unless you're iron-willed Margaret Thatcher or some other sort of imperialist nostalgiaphile, it's hard to get choked up these days about the... More>>
Boot Camp U-571.
A pumped-up U-571 recalls Wolfgang Petersen's famous German submarine drama
, April 20, 2000
Why aren't there more submarine movies? It seems like a no-brainer formula for success: claustrophobic setting, invisible enemy whose approach... More>>
Clang! Love & Basketball.
Rookie director fires up a ton of bricks in Love & Basketball
, April 20, 2000
Love & Basketball is divided into four quarters; thank God there's no overtime. The directorial debut from writer Gina Prince-Bythewood, who once... More>>
Do You Want to Know a Secret? Joe Gould's Secret.
Stanley Tucci unravels the mystery behind why New Yorker journalist Joseph Mitchell stopped writing
, April 20, 2000
In the rich mythology of The New Yorker, a periodical renowned for the quality of its writing and the quirks of its writers, no legend carries... More>>
Psychological Warfare American Psycho.
Did he or didn't he? Only the makers of the American Psycho dreamscape know for sure.
, April 13, 2000
It's quite possible that American Psycho is a brilliant movie. It's also quite possible that it's a dreary, obvious chop-'em-up dressed in Alan... More>>
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