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Wednesday, February 25, 1998

Fire

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 1998 at 12:00 AM

The Detroit Film Theatre's recent offerings have included many artistically grand, if socially moderate, pictures. Veteran film director Deepa Mehta's Fire looks to break that trend. Mehta's feature about two unhappy wives in a New Delhi household disproves myths about India with an ease that surpasses subversion. As the...

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Palmetto

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 1998 at 12:00 AM

The small Florida Gulf Coast town of Palmetto must be one of the steamiest places on earth, judging by ex-con Harry Barber (Woody Harrelson), who sweats profusely when he's not "panting like a big dog on a hot day." What's causing his distress -- the humidity or the two...

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Freaky Deaky

Six citizens in search of kinky ways to float their boats.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Czech surrealist Jan Svankmajer, best known for his bizarre, mostly short features combining clay animation with live action, has devised an 87-minute meditation on the unruly demands of desire, focusing on the elaborate measures some people will go to for respites from their dreary existences, and the comically grotesque...

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Wednesday, February 18, 1998

Hot and trembling

Almodóvar's sly, passionate masterpiece revels in melodrama. Almodóvar's sly, passionate masterpiece revels in melodrama.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 18, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), quickly became the benchmark against which his other films are judged. But that riotous candy-colored screwball farce &emdash; with its arch, kitschy and breezy style &emdash; represents only a small part of what Almodóvar can do....

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Ma Vie en Rose

Posted By on Wed, Feb 18, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Although we tend to mythologize childhood as a carefree kingdom, a playland of imagination and innocence, the real nature of our formative years will occasionally come into focus as a hairy old memory or as the content of a troubling work of art, in this case the brilliant first...

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Four Days in September

Posted By on Wed, Feb 18, 1998 at 12:00 AM

The emotion best conveyed by Four Days in September, an Oscar-nominated Brazilian political docudrama, is not passion or fervor, but detachment. Director Bruno Barreto has chosen to dramatize a real-life event that, by its very nature, would elicit strong emotions, in a manner that is so even-handed it borders...

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Afterglow

Posted By on Wed, Feb 18, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Alan Ru-dolph believes in the logic of randomness. Chance encounters, coincidence and intersecting destinies play a big part in his films, which often seem less like movies than waking dreams. His latest, Afterglow, serves as a bookend to one of his best films, Choose Me (1984). While Choose Me...

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The Replacement Killers

Posted By on Wed, Feb 18, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Perhaps for the good of everyone, action pictures are fast becoming popular again in American theaters. But as part of this pop cultural process, the works of filmmaker John Woo have enjoyed a quiet absorption into our cinematic language, that is the Chinese ones, made before his recent co-option...

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Sphere

Posted By on Wed, Feb 18, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Mysteries abound in Hollywood. Why, for instance, would Barry Levinson, a director capable of fine material such as Wag the Dog, waste his time on a Michael Crichton mess. The easy answer might be that time is, after all, money. More plausible is the suggestion that Levinson gets off...

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Wednesday, February 11, 1998

The Wedding Singer

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Expect the unexpected from Adam Sandler. In The Wedding Singer, this comedian &emdash; whose leading roles have ranged from the infantile Billy Madison to the puerile Happy Gilmore &emdash; is playing, of all things, a grown-up, down-to-earth and basically really nice guy. Robbie Hart (Sandler) has a big heart,...

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