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1998 Stories by Michael Sragow

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  • Eight Is Enough

    published December 31, 1998

    Silver lining or slender thread? That question nags at me as I go over my best-of-the-year list. There were some terrific movies in 1998 -- eight,... More >>

  • The Greatest Story Never Told

    published December 17, 1998

    DreamWorks' grandiose attempt at an animated feature for adults is a flimsy musical about Moses, a Sunday school filmstrip writ ultralarge and... More >>

  • Making a Mountain Out of an Anthill

    published November 26, 1998

    Surprise and pleasure come wrapped together in A Bug's Life. This big adventure about tiny critters is the latest piece of robust whimsy from... More >>

  • As Bad As It Gets

    published November 26, 1998

    In the rancid nightmare farce called Very Bad Things, Peter Berg, in his writing-directing debut, creates characters that you immediately want to... More >>

  • But Not Out of Mind

    published June 25, 1998

    Too many post-Woody Allen movies have been made about "sex in the head." The smart, engaging Out of Sight is an action comedy about love in the... More >>

  • Blow Hard

    published June 18, 1998

    Hurricane Streets comes on like a tough cookie but ends up just plain stale. First-time writer-director Morgan J. Freeman (no relation to actor... More >>

  • This Tomboy's Life

    published June 18, 1998

    It's Christmas vacation, 1958. The movie my dad has chosen for a first-grade pal and me to see is the new Disney live-action adventure Tonka,... More >>

  • Sinatra: The Voice, the Spark, the Image

    published May 21, 1998

    Frank Sinatra never gave a better performance as an actor than he did in The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), in which he starred as Frankie... More >>

  • Third-Degree Burns

    published May 7, 1998

    The flimsiest hustle in movie promotion today is that independent films are starved for mainstream attention. The truth is that such films often... More >>

  • Moore Is Less

    published April 9, 1998

    If nothing else, The Big One, the current edition of Michael Moore's continuing self-love fest, has a great subject: the desperation hidden inside... More >>

  • Guns N' Poses

    published April 2, 1998

    Lovers of American movies used to joke that foreign films wouldn't seem so good if you saw them without subtitles. John Sayles's new movie Men... More >>

  • Witness to History

    published March 19, 1998

    In his 1993 book Sarajevo: A War Journal, the Bosnian journalist Zlatko Dizdarevic reported about an eleven-year-old child who was waiting in line... More >>

  • Venus Envy

    published March 12, 1998

    Dangerous Beauty presents a sixteenth-century Venice filled with statesmen who hop from bed to bed without fear of "bimbo eruptions." That's... More >>

  • Two Coens in the Fountain

    published March 5, 1998

    Jeff Bridges is so euphorically wacked as a social dropout in The Big Lebowski that you get a secondhand high just looking at him. Padding around... More >>

  • Heart of Glass

    published February 19, 1998

    This period tale of two gamblers -- Oscar, a failed minister, and Lucinda, a glassworks owner -- is too wispy to be an objet d'art and too clumsy... More >>

  • Small Change

    published February 12, 1998

    In these paradox-ridden times, producers in search of cutting-edge fantasies look back -- they visit their boyhood or girlhood rooms and ransack... More >>

  • Is There a Spin Doctor in the House?

    published January 1, 1998

    When was the last time an audience applauded a trailer and the movie lived up to it? Independence Day enticed millions with its preview shot of... More >>

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