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Wednesday, June 24, 1998

Mulan

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Ever find yourself confessing to liking a cartoon character? Mulan is that kind of creation, with huge, foxy eyes, jet-black hair and bigger-than-life lips dropping universal truths like a techno-enhanced genie. What a babe! With a nymphet such as this for a lead character, following Disney's newest offering, the...

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The X-Files: Fight the Future

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 1998 at 12:00 AM

When "The X-Files" first appeared in 1993, it was aptly described as a "Twilight Zone" for the millennium. Series creator Chris Carter, cognizant of the legacies from the Cold War (the inherent distrust of governmental authority) and the New Age (the embracing of alternate realities and consciousness), expertly blended...

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High Art

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 1998 at 12:00 AM

There's nothing quite so refreshing as a slacker film with production values fitted to its bent aesthetic: Naturalistic dialogue, loose cinema-vérité staging and a lingering hand-held camera go a long way in chronicling pot heads. Writer-director Lisa Cholodenko delves incisively into the art world's dark drug scene and other...

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Pen-and-ink representin'

Chilltown's comic hip-hop milieu is drawn into the real world.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Y'all talkin' 'bout those l'il hip hop cartoons be steady hangin' out in Chilltown? Professor G and them? That midget wannabe gangster K-Deuce? That Cousin Itt-lookin, blonde dreadlock-wearin boy Plad? Mad-minded Marv? Lele, with the nails of a million miles? Her best friend Winonie, with the hair of a...

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Cousin Bette

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 1998 at 12:00 AM

When called to the deathbed of her adored, aristocratic cousin, Adeline (Geraldine Chaplin), Bette (Jessica Lange) looks every bit the grim, dowdy spinster. Adeline asks the ever-faithful Bette to look after her family, and Lange makes her reply -- "I promise I'll take care of them all" -- with...

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The Land Girls

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 1998 at 12:00 AM

One would think that after The English Patient, there would be little point in another "love in a dangerous time" picture about World War II. The road from Rick's Cafe to a bombed-out Tuscan villa seemed pretty well traveled. Not quite. Here we have that most welcome of diversions,...

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Wednesday, June 17, 1998

Hav Plenty

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Writer-director-editor Christopher Scott Cherot's debut film, Hav Plenty, is fueled by that most elusive substance: charm. Cherot stars as Lee Plenty, a struggling, comically self-deprecating writer who, during a most memorable New Year's weekend, has every woman in his vicinity throw herself at him. But Hav Plenty isn't quite...

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Kurt and Courtney

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 1998 at 12:00 AM

It's been four years since the fast, grimy saga of Nirvana ended with the apparent suicide of singer-songwriter Kurt Cobain. And while Cobain rests in peace, the world has watched the raging bull popularly known to all as Courtney Love rise from rock groupie to movie star. In Kurt...

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Six Days, Seven Nights

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Increasingly in Hollywood, a "summer movie" equals frivolous escapism: sit back, relax in the air conditioning, shut off your brain and enjoy a vicarious adventure. Six Days, Seven Nights (whose very title suggests a vacation) wants nothing more than to be that escape. In wintry New York City, Frank...

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Dirty Work

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Norm Macdonald was given the hook from "Saturday Night Live" because he wasn't funny. After this atrocity, devoid of mirth or wit, he should be banned from earth. Chris Farley, who puts in an all-too-familiar cameo as a fat psychotic boozer, has already been shuttled off this mortal coil....

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