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Wednesday, January 29, 1997

Spice World

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 1997 at 12:00 AM

For anyone who doubts that pop culture has begun to devour itself, there's Spice World. A mere five years since this singing group was assembled, and a scant year and a half since the omnipresence of their insidiously catchy single "Wannabe," the Spice Girls are making a stab at...

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The Tango Lesson

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 1997 at 12:00 AM

What is the approach to resolving one's personal destiny, even in spite of nature's calling? How does one follow when her life's desire has been to lead? Such is the discourse set up by The Tango Lesson, Sally Potter's new film about film, and its lead protagonist, filmmaker Sally...

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Young & Crazy

Jim Jarmusch films a love letter to Neil Young and Crazy Horse.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 1997 at 12:00 AM

Attention, class! The question for today is: How can an American director, best known for intimate tales of wisecracking urban wanderers telling their stories as much with what they don't say as what they do, craft a glacially meditative, gut-wrenching love letter of a rockumentary and disguise it as...

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Zero Effect

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 1997 at 12:00 AM

In the past few years, first films from young directors have tended to fall into one of two categories: a navel-gazing (usually somber) love story and/or family drama set in a specific social milieu, or a brashly confident crime-caper film full of plot twists and visual bravado. Zero Effect...

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Wednesday, January 22, 1997

The touch of evil

It's not clear who did what in this thriller... until the end.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 1997 at 12:00 AM

What makes Fallen stand out in the growing subgenre of serial killer movies &emdash; cat-and-mouse thrillers which focus fetishistically on the killer's modus operandi &emdash; is that it tries to address the very nature of evil. A moody, stylish and somber film that quietly makes its way under your...

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Playing gender jeopardy

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 1997 at 12:00 AM

Like so many films made to espouse a particular sociopolitical agenda, Female Perversions could easily have been a dry feminist treatise, smugly preaching to the already converted. But director Susan Streitfeld, along with co-screenwriter Julie Hebert, has managed to take Dr. Louise J. Kaplan's nonfiction book -- which is...

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For the weedhead in you

Were Beavis and his boy pot smokers?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 1997 at 12:00 AM

Dave Chappelle, a master of the oblique reference, is damn near white peoples' favorite black comic. His offbeat, weird style of two-liner comedy is a perfect primer for the X generation weaned on those critics of the pop cult scene, Beavis and Butt-head. Were Beavis and his boy pot...

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Hard Rain

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 1997 at 12:00 AM

You know that moviegoers are getting spoiled when natural disasters become viable box-office draws. Following on the trail of gems such as Twister, Backdraft and Volcano, Mikael Salomon's Hard Rain juggles the biblical with the secular when rains beat the streets of Huntingburg into torrential submission. Tom (Christian Slater),...

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Wigged Out Wonders

Dean Koontz and Joe Chappelle serve up some natty dread.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 1997 at 12:00 AM

When's the last time a horror film, that octogenarian genre, really creeped you out? The good old days of terror are usually back in adolescence, whenever that might have been: from the '30s (The Mummy) through the '60s (Night of the Living Dead) and so on to Scream (1...

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Out of the past

Memory turns slippery at the DFT this weekend.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 1997 at 12:00 AM

Director Jonathan Nossiter's debut film Sunday is so artful in its withholding of basic information that any straightforward telling of its story would be a disservice to the potential viewer. Nossiter and his co-scenarist James Lasdun have so carefully fragmented their narrative and laced it with indirection that what...

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