Wednesday, July 30, 1997

Air Force One

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 1997 at 12:00 AM

The biggest fantasy element in Air Force One isn't the massive special effects that director Wolfgang Petersen (In the Line of Fire) utilizes so well, but the film's central character, a straight-talking, straight-shooter of a president played by Harrison Ford. At 55, Ford's screen persona has evolved into a...

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The talking heads version

A play's harrowing monologues become taxing on-screen.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 1997 at 12:00 AM

When it comes to illustrating the inherent difficulty of transforming a play into a film, the failures demonstrate it best. Plays like Wallace Shawn's The Designated Mourner ask the audience to take words and weave them into images, to see not just three characters on a bare stage talking...

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Wednesday, July 23, 1997

Royal Revival

A Scottish horseman's vigor rejuvenates the queen and infuses 'Mrs. Brown' with irreverence.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 1997 at 12:00 AM

In 1864 Queen Victoria was the most powerful woman in the world, ruling over a British Empire that would only expand during her 64-year (1837-1901) reign. But as Mrs. Brown opens, this very public figure is in the midst of debilitating grief. Three years after the death of her...

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Nothing to Lose

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 1997 at 12:00 AM

While it may seem that Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon are determined to take the "buddy picture" genre to their graves (watery or otherwise), Tim Robbins and Martin Lawrence step into the ring with Nothing to Lose, to fight for their right to banter in the love/hate relationship squared...

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Operation Condor

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 1997 at 12:00 AM

You may have noticed protesters picketing outside screenings of Operation Condor. If you have been unlucky enough to have sat through this seven-year-old Jackie Chan reissue, you'd not hesitate to join them. The Arab-American protesters have every reason to speak up about the worse-than-Disney-caricature buffoons and savages Operation Condor...

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Wednesday, July 16, 1997

My Best Friend's Wedding

Posted By on Wed, Jul 16, 1997 at 12:00 AM

Instead of updating the screwball comedy genre for the anything-goes 1990s, screenwriter Ronald Bass and director P.J. Hogan have merely added a few contemporary flourishes to a story that would not be out of place in the 1950s. Here women have two options: they are either tragically lonely, die-hard...

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A simple dance, gracefully executed

Posted By on Wed, Jul 16, 1997 at 12:00 AM

The defining moment of Shall We Dance? is a brief glance that carries the force of a thunderbolt. In the middle of a long train commute to his new home in the suburbs, fortysomething accountant Shohei Sugiyama (Koji Yakusho) looks up to see a wistful sight: a lovely young...

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Alone together

Who's hailing humanity? Jodie Foster wants to know.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 16, 1997 at 12:00 AM

"I want to be alone," Greta Garbo famously proclaimed and then got what she asked for, only to end up feeling betrayed in her opulent isolation: "But I never said I wanted to be left alone." Americans are like that. We wanted to be alone, which is why we...

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Wednesday, July 9, 1997

Men In Black

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 1997 at 12:00 AM

It's a sick, sick cinema we encourage with our ducats that really disappoints only when a film fails to include a really choice trailer clip in the final cut. Thankfully this summer's big celluloid jam delivers all the Ray Ban-wearin' good-time moments that three months of commercials, music videos...

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All Over Me

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 1997 at 12:00 AM

One suffers through countless screenings of drivel in the faint hope that the magic lantern still has the power to surprise and delight. Opening this week is the unexpected pleasure of one such moment, a bare-bones production from a duo of newcomers, the Sichel sisters, Alex and Sylvia. The...

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