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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>>
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>>
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