Wednesday, September 24, 1997

4 Little Girls

Posted By on Wed, Sep 24, 1997 at 12:00 AM

Director Spike Lee's first full-length documentary, 4 Little Girls, offers a straightforward, clear-eyed view of a tragic moment in American history -- the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. in 1963, which claimed the lives of four young girls attending Sunday school there. Eschewing a...

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Wednesday, September 17, 1997

Antonio Gaudi

Posted By on Wed, Sep 17, 1997 at 12:00 AM

Can one make Zen documentaries? If so, Hiroshi Teshigahara has made one. Teshigahara is best remembered for his 1964 existential drama, Woman in the Dunes. It was a film that located the romantic obsession between an entomologist and a woman in the physical and psychic midst of a vast...

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Wednesday, September 10, 1997

Fire Down Below

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 1997 at 12:00 AM

"The best Steven Seagal film since Under Siege!" That blurb tops the ads for Fire Down Below; it will either make people want to see Seagal's new movie or else have them rolling their eyes in ironic disdain. If you find yourself tending more toward response number two, it...

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The Full Monty

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 1997 at 12:00 AM

"Sheffield, the jewel in England's industrial crown," says the enthusiastic narrator in the corny promotional film, circa 1970, that opens The Full Monty. Scene after scene shows prosperity and progress for this northern city. "Thanks to steel," he concludes, "Sheffield really is a city on the move!" Twenty- ive...

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Let the games begin!

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 1997 at 12:00 AM

Although it is being pimped as a thriller, The Game is really all about that special American obsession, therapy. Indeed, the film amounts to not much more than a two-hour visit, with one man undergoing a convoluted and ridiculous form of shock therapy. A tepid Michael Douglas stars as...

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Let the games begin!

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 1997 at 12:00 AM

David Fincher dominates! The director of that luscious downer Alien 3 and the devastating fright-hit Seven scores again with The Game, starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn. Douglas (the cop or cheating husband or stockbroker you love to despise) is perfect as Nicholas Van Orton, a too-powerful-for-his-own-good investment banker....

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L.A. Confidential

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 1997 at 12:00 AM

James Ellroy's sprawling, epic 1990 novel, L.A. Confidential, envisions the Los Angeles Police Department of the 1950s as a logical extension of Hollywood's obsession with illusion: A glossy and appealing facade, created for the benefit of the general public, exists to cover up a cesspool of illicit activities, rampant...

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Wednesday, September 3, 1997

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation

Posted By on Wed, Sep 3, 1997 at 12:00 AM

The thrill of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is just about gone from this fourth installment in the Massacre series, now replaced by abject weirdness and a little off-camera bone-crunching. And don't go expecting the "guts" that the title always calls up in your imagination -- come to think...

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Hoodlum

Posted By on Wed, Sep 3, 1997 at 12:00 AM

If there was any doubt that Hoodlum's cinematic model is the masterful mobster epic, The Godfather (1972), it's erased when the somber survivors of a bloody ambush, Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson (Laurence Fishburne) and Stephanie St. Clair (Cicely Tyson), deal with their shock and grief by sitting very quietly together...

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In the Company of men

Posted By on Wed, Sep 3, 1997 at 12:00 AM

Writer-director Neil LaBute's debut feature is a Swiftian fable about the evils of male chauvinist piggery, deceptively presented as a realistic drama exposing the horrors of the white-collar class. The film centers around Chad (Aaron Eckhart), a handsome young sociopath and his hapless sidekick Howard (Matt Malloy), a bumbling...

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