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, April 06, 2000
Editor's note: Not all of WorldFest/Houston's films were available for screening prior to the opening of the festival. Below is a complete list... More>>
Heart Condition Return to Me
Minnie Driver has a problem with her ticker - and with the cinematography - in the awful Return to Me
, April 06, 2000
What's your pick for the most ridiculous movie ever made? The Conqueror, starring John Wayne as Mongol emperor Ghengis Khan? How about The... More>>
Mixmaster Black and White.
Director James Toback crosses racial, gender and class lines in the gracefully gritty Black and White
, April 06, 2000
Beats, please: Claudia Schiffer, Claudia Schiffer / makes a fellow want to lean in close and sniff her. / Putting up a gender fight in Black and... More>>
There's Something About Mary Cotton Mary.
Ismail Merchant probes the psychological underbelly of postcolonial India
, April 06, 2000
Merchant/Ivory Productions has long been America's quintessential purveyor of classy "literary" films. At its best, the team of director James... More>>
Road to El Bathhouse The Road to El Dorado.
Animated film puts a gay spin on the old Hope-Crosby comedies
, March 30, 2000
From its opening moments, The Road to El Dorado looks and sounds oddly out of time, as though it were removed only yesterday from a time capsule... More>>
Boneheaded The Skulls.
If it only had a brain: The Skulls struggles to form an original thought
, March 30, 2000
Not so long ago The Skulls would have starred Tom Cruise -- but in which role? He could have been either lead; the one he didn't choose could... More>>
Price of Glory
Like father, like son, only better, in the insidiously likable Price of Glory
, March 30, 2000
In the opening scenes of Price of Glory, set in the late '70s, a young prizefighter named Arturo Ortega (Jimmy Smits) loses a career-making bout.... More>>
Dead Man Walking Waking the Dead.
Minus his female soul mate, a young politician loses his spiritual way
, March 23, 2000
O sweet vulture of love! Picking through the bones and sinew of doe-eyed fools the world around! How exquisite is thy rending, how blissful the... More>>
Prepare for Landing Romeo Must Die.
The appropriately named Jet Li may prove Americans are finally primed for Far East mayhem
, March 23, 2000
Is America ready for the Hong Kong action style? Certainly there are many fans of the balletic, guns-and-martial-arts, fly-through-the-air movies... More>>
Boob Job Erin Brockovich.
Julia Roberts and her cleavage fight social injustice in Erin Brockovich
, March 16, 2000
The film is called Erin Brockovich, but it might as well be titled Julia Roberts. Never before in the actress's erratic career has a film been so... More>>
Final Destination.
Final Destination looks at irreversible destiny through the eyes of Wile E. Coyote
, March 16, 2000
What if fate has something horrific in store for you, and you can't escape it? It's an idea that has been around for a long time, from Greek... More>>
Turning Japanese Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.
Forest Whitaker brings an adopted honor code to the streets in Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog
, March 16, 2000
The gun is a coward's weapon, always has been, always will be. Likening it to the sword is like equating rape to romance. However, for reasons... More>>
Return to Sender The Closer You Get.
Horny Irish men wait for mail-order brides in The Closer You Get. And wait. And wait.
, March 16, 2000
Hollywood may be crass when it comes to cloning success, but it's not alone. Take the British Isles, for instance, ever since the success of a... More>>
Aimin' High Aimin' High
Shooting Gallery series wants to bring art films to the masses
, March 09, 2000
Shooting Gallery, the independent film company best known for the Oscar-winner Sling Blade, has introduced a new wrinkle to the movie biz. After... More>>
Scotch on the Rocks Orphans.
Move over Trainspotting, Orphans balances despair with heart
, March 09, 2000
You've got to feel sorry for the Scottish Board of Tourism. First the Loch Ness monster is exposed as a fake, then the nation's film industry... More>>
Out of Orbit What Planet Are You From?
Garry Shandling is alien indeed in What Planet Are You From?
, March 09, 2000
Garry Shandling does not have a face for the big screen. He has a mug that seems to spread to the edges of the theater; it's like an approaching... More>>
Dog Breath My Dog Skip.
Adaptation of Willie Morris's childhood memoir has too many fleas
, March 02, 2000
Willie Morris's autobiographical novel, My Dog Skip, is a nearly perfect piece of bedtime reading for kids and their parents. Each chapter is... More>>
Redneck Mystery Theater Drowning Mona
Sneeringly funny Drowning Mona sleuths around backwater America
, March 02, 2000
In the closing years of the 20th century, lowbrow white America finally learned to enjoy an ironic laugh at itself, led by Hollywood's cheerful... More>>
True Blue The Next Best Thing.
Madonna, the unlucky starlet, is as bad as ever in The Next Best Thing
, March 02, 2000
The first thought you have while watching The Next Best Thing is "Was Madonna always this bad an actress?" It's a question that soon fades from... More>>
Browne Sugar Agnes Browne.
Director-actress Anjelica Huston charmingly evokes Dublin's working-class spirit
, March 02, 2000
If you think the prevailing attitude toward sex in the United States is somewhat backward, consider Ireland of the late 1960s, as depicted in... More>>
A Dog's Life My Dog Skip
A former Houston Post writer recalls how she pawed her way

to the top in Hollywood

, February 24, 2000
"My movie opens nationwide next weekend." I never in a million years thought I'd hear myself say those words. But lately I've been saying just... More>>
Writer's Blah Wonder Boys
Wonder Boys, an insipid tale about a depressed author, could use a few more exclamation points
, February 24, 2000
Step right up, youth of the world, and receive the boomer inoculation that is Wonder Boys, the first feature from director Curtis Hanson since... More>>
Good Trouble Good Trouble
John Frankenheimer influences a new generation of thrill seekers with Reindeer Games
, February 24, 2000
Director John Frankenheimer has been putting bad guys on the street since Luca Brazzi slept with a teddy bear, and he shows no sign of letting up... More>>
Dial M for Monotony Hanging Up.
Despite the talented cast, Hanging Up never connects
, February 17, 2000
Even at just 92 minutes, this film feels endless. Intended as a humorous, heartwarming take on dysfunctional family relationships, Hanging Up... More>>
$tocks and Bonding Boiler Room.
Boiler Room steams with the stark greed of go-for-brokers
, February 17, 2000
Twenty-seven-year-old Ben Younger delivers the message of his first feature, Boiler Room, with all the subtlety of a car bomb. To wit: Greed is... More>>
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