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Wednesday, August 5, 1998

The Negotiator

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

Halfway through The Negotiator, you're sitting in your seat mumbling to yourself, "Wow, this isn't half bad, and to think Stallone was going to star in this thing." It's hard to imagine marble-mouthed Sly working his way through some of the very smart dialogue that keeps this film rolling...

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Whatever

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

Those moments from high school, when the realization kicks in that even the closest friendships end and the best laid plans for a phenomenal future aren't going to unfold smoothly, is what writer-director Susan Skoog captures in Whatever. Set in Skoog's hometown of Red Bank, N.J. (although this low-budget...

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Wild Man Blues

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

Who'd have thought that Woody Allen would ever become controversial? After all, he's built a career on being the first to confess his inadequacies, his foibles and his haplessness with the opposite sex -- and yet, there are people who now refuse to see one of his films because...

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BASEketball
(minus 2 out of 5 stars)

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

Ordinarily when one refers to a tearjerker, one thinks of Ghost or Old Yeller or Terms of Endearment. But how to describe the downbeat, defeated feeling one has after an hour in the company of this film? Forget all the whining about the coarsening of society. Forget all the...

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Return to Paradise

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

The black and white photograph shown at the start of Return to Paradise captures Sheriff (Vince Vaughn), Lewis (Joaquin Phoenix) and Tony (David Conrad) in a casual, confident moment of all-American guyness. They met shortly after arriving in Malaysia, where each came to immerse himself in a guilt-free exotic...

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Snake Eyes

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

Can you spell "ludicrous"? If you can't, you'll be able to after watching this film, along with "stinker" and "exit." Snake Eyes is short on everything but plot. In no particular order, we are given a hurricane, a staged assassination, a casino mogul dabbling in defense contracts, a peacenik...

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