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Wednesday, August 26, 1998

Next Stop Wonderland

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 1998 at 12:00 AM

It may sound magical, but Next Stop Wonderland is prosaic at best. The title refers to the last station of the blue line on Boston's subway system. Even though the geography's important (there's a stop for the aquarium and a connector to the airport, two important destinations for the...

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Blade

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Wesley Snipes, have a talk with your agent, please. We know how much you love your action movies, but you deserve better. To be fair, this flick isn't half bad, even though the premise involves vampires, an invitation to all sorts of dreadful romantic melodrama and gothic nonsense. Happily,...

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Slums of Beverly Hills

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 1998 at 12:00 AM

For her debut film, the funny and wise Slums of Beverly Hills, writer-director Tamara Jenkins has created a coming-of-age film that's truly about innocence and experience: the burdens and satisfaction that come with knowing. Like other films about the transformative events that shape a person, Slums of Beverly Hills...

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The Disenchanted

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Writer-director Benoit Jacquot has made 10 feature films since 1975. Some consider him to be an heir to the Truffaut wing of early '60s French new wave, someone who combines an offhanded approach with an abiding compassion for his central characters. But he remained little known in the U.S....

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Wednesday, August 19, 1998

Under the Skin

Posted By on Wed, Aug 19, 1998 at 12:00 AM

British writer/director Carine Adler's debut film is an edgy character study of a young woman trapped in a dangerously eroticized form of grief. She is a numbed creature recklessly seeking through sex with strangers some sort of return to her senses. Iris (Samantha Morton), who has the face of...

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Pre-millennial clearinghouse

The Brothers Warner's studio brings back, mostly, the best of bygone eras.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 19, 1998 at 12:00 AM

In 1998, accessible and affordable technology means a home theater is no longer the domain of the very wealthy. Yet as home viewing options (and quality) have increased, Americans have not abandoned the experience of cinema. We'll still sit in the dark, surrounded by other people, being absorbed into...

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The Avengers

Posted By on Wed, Aug 19, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Warning: Everything that the spy spoof Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery played for laughs, The Avengers treats with earnest, deadly seriousness. This is a mixed blessing. The 1960s television show "The Avengers" was, at its wryly British best, like a fantastical nonsense poem: The most outlandish situations and...

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Your Friends and Neighbors

Posted By on Wed, Aug 19, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Woody Allen and Harry Jaglom are getting a bit long in the tooth. All too soon, the masters of subcutaneous introspection will move on to greener couches. Not to worry, though. We now have Hal Hartley and Neil LaBute to keep us in portraits of neurotic urban professionals well...

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Wednesday, August 5, 1998

Ever After

Posted By on Wed, Aug 5, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Of the many folk tales distilled by the Brothers Grimm into their collection of fairy tales, "Cinderella" is one that resides uncomfortably in women's unconscious. Work hard and be subservient, it says between the lines, and one day your prince will appear to rescue you. So what function does...

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Fallen Angels

Posted By on Wed, Aug 5, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Hong Kong writer-director Wong Kar-Wai has perfected an approach to film making which combines wild style visuals with moody wisps of story, character studies in big city loneliness served up in languid monotone colors, varying camera speeds and a restless eye for the striking composition. The kernel of intention...

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