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1998 Stories by Jean Oppenheimer

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  • Emotional Rescue

    published December 24, 1998

    Given the manipulative tendencies of many mainstream pictures, Stepmom could have easily slipped into a sticky morass of sentimentality and... More >>

  • Two for the Road

    published December 24, 1998

    Directed by Walter Salles (1995's Foreign Land), the Brazilian film Central Station (Central do Brasil) concerns the relationship between a... More >>

  • Life Is Semisweet

    published December 24, 1998

    British actress Jane Horrocks is thrice-gifted: She can act, she can sing, and she can sing like Judy Garland. And like Shirley Bassey, Marilyn... More >>

  • Reign Check

    published November 19, 1998

    Even students of English history may have trouble sorting out the palace intrigues and intragovernmental conspiracies that fill Elizabeth, the... More >>

  • Death Rattle

    published November 12, 1998

    Well, now we know why the term "bored to death" was invented. Meet Joe Black takes an interesting idea -- Death assumes human form and comes to... More >>

  • Triumph of the Will

    published October 29, 1998

    You don't have to give a damn about sports to find Without Limits engrossing. Like all the best films, it is really about character. In this case... More >>

  • Hearts of Darkness

    published October 22, 1998

    A riveting but darkly disturbing thriller, Apt Pupil isn't easy to sit through. The subject matter itself proves deeply unsettling, while two... More >>

  • Don't Let Her Be Misunderstood

    published September 24, 1998

    Leelee Sobieski is a mouthful of a name (40 years ago studio moguls would have made her change it to something short and unassuming) but get used... More >>

  • The Fickle Finger of Filmic Fate

    published August 27, 1998

    The idea of destiny, especially the notion that two people are fated to meet and fall in love, is a load of crap, but a surprising number of... More >>

  • The Girl Most Likely

    published August 6, 1998

    Judging by the number of uninspired and derivative films we see these days, creating something truly fresh and imaginative on-screen is more... More >>

  • For Better or for Worse

    published July 30, 1998

    Theresa Connelly's feature directorial debut, Polish Wedding, is a complete misfire. What is meant to be a somewhat farcical -- but also... More >>

  • Twice as Nice

    published July 30, 1998

    Walt Disney Pictures has a smart and highly profitable business strategy: Re-release the studio's proven hits every seven years or so, thereby... More >>

  • Cat's Cradle

    published July 9, 1998

    The winds that sweep across the Sahara kick up ferocious sandstorms. Dunes change shape by the hour, flying particles blind the eye, and all... More >>

  • Past Perfect, Present Flawed

    published June 11, 1998

    Rule number one: When crafting a thriller, make sure the audience can relate to, identify with, or empathize with at least one of the characters.... More >>

  • Double Vision

    published April 23, 1998

    Gwyneth Paltrow gets another chance to show off her letter-perfect English accent in Sliding Doors, an engaging romantic comedy that employs a... More >>

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