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Wednesday, August 27, 1997

A world bugging out

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 1997 at 12:00 AM

Mimic is a picture that makes us ask the big questions -- at least two. Question No. 1: Why did Guillermo Del Toro (who previously made Cronos) bother making this film? Does the world really need another genre-hopping pastiche? A kind of don't-look-in-the-basement-alien-thing-meets-the-body-snatchers-swarm sort of story, as told by...

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G.I. Jane

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 1997 at 12:00 AM

In 1980, Hollywood depicted a woman in military training as a comedy, but by 1997 that same subject is no laughing matter. A great deal has changed between the humorous basic training of Private Benjamin and the grueling, torturous Navy SEAL training detailed in G.I. Jane. Women in the...

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Irma Vep

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 1997 at 12:00 AM

French writer-director Olivier Assayas' second feature Irma Vep is both a film-lover's film -- a movie about moviemaking punctuated by some sidelong pensées concerning the state of French cinema -- and a kinetic entertainment, fast-paced and glossed with hand-held immediacy. Aging director René Vidal (Jean-Pierre Léaud) has decided to...

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Career Girls

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 1997 at 12:00 AM

British director-writer Mike Leigh is in danger of becoming the maestro of actorly tics. Although his method of cobbling his scenarios out of improvisational sessions with his players has yielded a series of sharply observed comedy-dramas -- the most fully realized one being 1991's Life Is Sweet -- it...

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Wednesday, August 20, 1997

Drunks

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 1997 at 12:00 AM

Nothing renders human fallibility as an action sequence quite like substance abuse, inspiring a slow-down-to-see-the-car-crash blend of sympathy and spectatorship. And so movies like Leaving Las Vegas and Trainspotting have made a joyride out of careening off life. Filmmakers have a harder time finding the straight life screenworthy. Like...

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Box of Moonlight

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 1997 at 12:00 AM

For electrical engineer Al Fountain (John Turturro), a rigid control freak affectionately dubbed "Mr. Clockwork" by his wife, time is something to be precisely measured, parceled out, then used in the most efficient manner possible. With ramrod-straight posture, clipped speech, an eye for minutiae and a closet full of...

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Conspiracy Theory

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 1997 at 12:00 AM

Just because you're paranoid, the saying goes, doesn't mean they're not out to get you. This turns out to be the unstated motto of New York City taxi driver Jerry Fletcher (Mel Gibson), who tells his passengers loopy conspiracy theories until their eyes glaze over. Under director Richard Donner's...

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Star-crossed roommates

A comedy of manners in which Gay Guy meets Italian Stallion.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 1997 at 12:00 AM

For his debut film, Kiss Me, Guido, writer-director Tony Vitale puts a contemporary spin on "The Odd Couple" formula by throwing together a pair of very unlikely New York City roommates. Budding thespian Frankie (Nick Scotti) is from an old-school Italian family in the Bronx and sports enough trappings...

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Cop Land

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 1997 at 12:00 AM

Here's an idea. What if you got together Harvey Keitel, Sylvester Stallone, Ray Liotta and Robert De Niro, all in the same film? And then what if you added a couple of cool women, Annabella Sciorra, say, and maybe Janeane Garofalo? Sounds pretty interesting, right? But what if you...

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When love runs out

The family is seen as a tragicomic motley crew.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 1997 at 12:00 AM

When they're first seen, driving home through the bland suburbs of Long Island after Thanksgiving dinner, Eliza (Hope Davis) and Louis (Stanley Tucci) seem like a happy, well-adjusted couple. You come to learn their small house is comfortable, their relationship affectionate, their routine established. After he leaves for his...

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