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  • Good Grief!

    published 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... More >>

  • Anywhere but There

    published December 16, 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... More >>

  • Grand Illusion

    published November 25, 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 >>

  • Pop Icons Redux

    published October 28, 1999

    Trust Allison Anders and her old running mate Kurt Voss to come up with a piquant, carefully observed movie about tarnished hope, overfed vanity,... More >>

  • The Littlest Victim

    published October 21, 1999

    Actor Frank Whaley has appeared in more than 30 movies, including Swimming with Sharks and Pulp Fiction. But none of them cuts as... More >>

  • Lots o' Libido

    published October 7, 1999

    Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! The repressed Irish-Catholic schoolgirl that Molly Shannon plays on Saturday Night Live is certainly not... More >>

  • The Way We Live Now

    published September 23, 1999

    Grownups, take heart. Even if you misspent your summer at the movies pigging out on reheated space adventure, slob humor, and stubborn, old... More >>

  • Season Finale

    published August 19, 1999

    It has been almost 40 years since Eric Rohmer, riding the crest of the French New Wave, embarked on the first of his Six Moral Tales. The... More >>

  • New Rules

    published August 19, 1999

    If Kevin Williamson has anything to say about it, the good works of noble movie schoolteachers like Mr. Chips and Miss Dove and Mr. Holland will... More >>

  • More Bedroom Bedlam

    published August 5, 1999

    It's always amusing when the movie industry discovers its spiritual side. Profoundly secular institution that it is, Hollywood promotes, at its... More >>

  • Get Me Outta Here

    published July 29, 1999

    For Morgan J. Freeman (a young writer-director, not the well-known actor), comic timing couldn't get any worse -- or better. That's because one... More >>

  • That Summer of '77

    published July 1, 1999

    To hear Spike Lee tell it, Summer of Sam means to be a panoramic view of the summer of 1977 in New York City, when temperatures shot into the high... More >>

  • The Value of Loyalty

    published June 24, 1999

    Woe to the scribbler who presumes to rewrite a master, unless he is so deft that his invasion of privacy produces something new and exciting. ... More >>

  • Just Another Final Frontier

    published June 10, 1999

    In John Sayles's Limbo, which is set amid the rough-and-tumble of southeast Alaska, an ex-salmon fisherman with guilty memories (David... More >>

  • Irish Stew

    published June 3, 1999

    It has not been lost on the Quinn brothers (actor Aidan, cinematographer Declan, and writer/director Paul) that in old Gaelic culture the tribal... More >>

  • Up Close and a Little Personal

    published June 3, 1999

    The peerless Ethiopian distance runner Haile Gebrselassie is a tiny man (five foot three and barely 115 pounds), but in his native country his... More >>

  • Star Trek: A True Story

    published May 27, 1999

    If your poodle is decked out in the complete Captain Kirk uniform, you've taken Klingon language classes, or you once mailed DeForest Kelly a... More >>

  • Let's Put On a Play

    published May 27, 1999

    Relentlessly hip? You better be. Enjoy pretentious talk about the great god Art and the hidden meanings in old gangster movies? Couldn't hurt.... More >>

  • High School Unhinged

    published May 6, 1999

    The latest release from MTV Films, Paramount Pictures' bouncing baby, is set in a high school and has been inoculated with the usual doses of... More >>

  • Into the Heart of Bleakness

    published April 15, 1999

    When we first see Isa, the 21-year-old heroine of Erick Zonca's The Dreamlife of Angels, she is trudging under the weight of a huge backpack... More >>

  • The Ultimate Illusion

    published April 1, 1999

    Stuffed full of fantasy comics, addicted to action, and steeped in digital technology, the frenetic moviemakers Andy and Larry Wachowski have done... More >>

  • Neo-Screwball Strikes Out

    published March 18, 1999

    At the movies the fun-loving temptress has been liberating the buttoned-up clod ever since Katharine Hepburn's leopard made off with Cary Grant's... More >>

  • Chance of a Lifetime

    published March 11, 1999

    In the three decades that director Ken Loach has been a steadfast champion of the British working class, his films have lost none of their sting.... More >>

  • The Mobster and the Shrink

    published March 4, 1999

    When hit men wore hats and Cadillacs had running boards, the average Mafia don could knock off the Tattaglia brothers in midafternoon and sit down... More >>

  • Soul of the Matter

    published February 11, 1999

    In The Eel, which won the Palme d'Or at the 1997 Cannes International Film Festival, director Shohei Imamura once again demonstrates his empathy... More >>

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