Wednesday, November 12, 1997

Telling Lies in America

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 1997 at 12:00 AM

In the loosely autobiographical Telling Lies in America, highly paid Hollywood screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (Jade, Basic Instinct, Showgirls) shows he can do more than churn out the violence and sex-saturated screenplays that have recently been his stock-in-trade. By turns poignant and humorous, this thoughtful coming-of-age story is set in...

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The Wings of the Dove

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 1997 at 12:00 AM

After two highly touted adaptations of Henry James novels -- Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady and Agnieszka Holland's Washington Square -- comes one with fewer built-in expectations. Not only is The Wings of the Dove based on one of the author's lesser-known works, but its director has...

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Deep Crimson

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 1997 at 12:00 AM

Mexican director Arturo Ripstein's Deep Crimson is based on the same true-crime story that inspired the American cult film The Honeymoon Killers (1970), the murder spree of an unlikely couple who hustled lonely-heart types for their money before killing them. But whereas the earlier film was a gritty black-and-white...

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Starship Troopers

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 1997 at 12:00 AM

That wacky Paul Verhoeven is at it again. One minute into the first of several satirical "Fed Net" commercials running through his latest sci-fi schlocker, Starship Troopers, a Net correspondent reporting on the enemy Arachnids is overtaken by one of the bugs. The bug wrenches the man into the...

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Wednesday, November 5, 1997

Eve's Bayou

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 1997 at 12:00 AM

Memory is changeable, insists the narrator at the start of Eve's Bayou -- the haunting debut film from writer-director Kasi Lemmons -- before she plants the verbal equivalent of a land mine: "The summer I killed my father I was 10 years old." But as startling, high-contrast, black-and-white images...

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Bean

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 1997 at 12:00 AM

Mr. Bean, the mostly mute comic character created and portrayed by British actor Rowan Atkinson, may already be familiar to many via the "Mr. Bean" television series, which was one of the most popular comedy shows of the '90s in Britain and has been widely shown on public television...

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The Ice Storm

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 1997 at 12:00 AM

The chill that permeates The Ice Storm doesn't come just from the weather. During Thanksgiving weekend in 1973, a freezing rain blankets the tony suburb of New Canaan, Conn. But comfort and the basic fuel of human warmth are nowhere to be found. In this masterful film, director Ang...

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Riding the Rails

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 1997 at 12:00 AM

"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose." Janis Joplin might have been singing about a free love throw-down with Bobby McGee, but for the teenage railroad gypsies of the Great Depression, freedom was the booby prize from a society that could offer them very little -- least...

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