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Wednesday, December 31, 1997

Good Will Hunting

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 1997 at 12:00 AM

Good Will Hunting is a smooth blend of Little Man Tate and Breaking Away: A prodigy is uprooted from his normal environment by an ambitious mentor, and a college-age blue-collar "townie" gains entrance to the ivy-clad university in his backyard. Will Hunting (Matt Damon) has spent all of his...

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As Good As It Gets

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 1997 at 12:00 AM

During a session with an artist's model, the painter Simon Bishop -- one of the main characters in As Good As It Gets --says that if you look at someone long enough, you discover their humanity and they become increasingly real and more alive. This is exactly what occurs...

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Post Coitum

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 1997 at 12:00 AM

In the epic, postapocalyptic action drama The Postman, directed by and starring Kevin Costner, the world of the near future is a bleak and unforgiving place. The United States has been ravaged by wars, plagues and weather disruptions that have left the population decimated and all infrastructure destroyed. Technology...

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The Postman

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 1997 at 12:00 AM

In the epic, postapocalyptic action drama The Postman, directed by and starring Kevin Costner, the world of the near future is a bleak and unforgiving place. The United States has been ravaged by wars, plagues and weather disruptions that have left the population decimated and all infrastructure destroyed. Technology has...

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Jackie Brown

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 1997 at 12:00 AM

In his famous essay on Casablanca, Umberto Eco contends that its genius lies in the wholesale plundering of clichés from every film genre under the sun. There's something in there for everyone. And, he suggests, had the director and writers chosen to limit the bandwidth of clichés, the film...

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Wednesday, December 24, 1997

The Sweet Hereafter

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

Where to begin describing this film by Atom Egoyan, which is quite clearly a work of genius, based on a novel by Russell Banks, who has brought to his remarkable fictions a greater sense of the eloquence of hardscrabble lives than any other living American author? The achievement here...

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Titanic

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

When the Titanic itself is first viewed in writer-director James Cameron's three-hour-plus epic, it's an algae-covered hull on the ocean floor. For the leader (Bill Paxton) of an underwater salvage team searching for an ultravaluable necklace, the Titanic is just an object containing sunken treasure. When 101-year-old Titanic survivor...

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Titanic

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

First it stinks, then it sinks. (Didn't somebody say that about Waterworld? Ditto this bloated extravaganza.) Titanic, written and directed by James Cameron (Terminator 1 & 2, The Abyss, Aliens) takes longer to go down on screen than the real liner did in 1912 (3 hours 14 minutes vs....

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Tomorrow Never Dies

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

James Bond never dies. The suave and indestructible British Agent 007 has graced movie screens for 35 years. Embodied by five different actors, he still prefers his vodka martinis shaken not stirred and his women conveniently located in his path. So what makes this creaky male adolescent fantasy still...

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Deconstructing Harry

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

What makes Woody run? What turns Woody on? We assume that the answers to these questions are to be found, like intriguing proverbs, in the more than two dozen cinematic fortune cookies directed by Woody Allen since the mid-'60s. Allen's most successful comedies have often combined confessional farce and...

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