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Wednesday, December 30, 1998

The Faculty

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 1998 at 12:00 AM

"What I want to do with the science-fiction genre," screenwriter Kevin Williamson confesses, " is the same thing as Scream. I want to attack every single genre. That’s my goal in life." Intelligent and entertaining in Scream and Scream 2 — both scripted by Williamson — the attack is,...

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Mighty Joe Young

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 1998 at 12:00 AM

True to the spirit of the original, while taking liberties with its plot, this remake of a 1949 minor landmark in special effects is more a fairy tale than a monster movie, a kinder, gentler variation on its obvious source of inspiration, King Kong (1933). Unlike Kong, who was...

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Robert Noll Blues Mission

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Very, very loud...but good. If you dig volume with your electric blues, you'll probably have a great time, particularly if you dig power trios. Noll has a consistent and loyal following around the Detroit area, which he has earned. He is one of the best blues/rock guitarists on the local...

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Patch Adams

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 1998 at 12:00 AM

What came first, the invention of saccharine or movies like these, whose cloying, false sweetness leaves a bitter aftertaste? Perhaps the most unnerving thing about both Patch Adams and Stepmom is that it’s not difficult to see the good intentions behind the mediocre end results. When he first appears...

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Stepmom

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 1998 at 12:00 AM

What came first, the invention of saccharine or movies like these, whose cloying, false sweetness leaves a bitter aftertaste? Perhaps the most unnerving thing about both Patch Adams and Stepmom is that it’s not difficult to see the good intentions behind the mediocre end results. When he first appears...

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Uncle Jessie White & the 29th St. Band

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Uncle Jesse is considered by many to be the elder statesman of the local blues scene. Back during the days when blues musicians could barely find work in this city, Uncle Jesse was known to reach out and take many an aspiring blues artist under his wing and teach them...

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Shakespeare in Love

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Amid the heyday of Elizabethan entertainment, two rival theaters: the Curtain and the Rose compete for Shakespeare’s newly scripted work. ’Tis rare in one so young to find such talent! What if the muse bids him adieu and runs away? What if sweet love’s regrets are out of stock?...

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Wednesday, December 23, 1998

You've Got Mail

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 1998 at 12:00 AM

It seemed like a winning idea: Take the charming romantic comedy The Shop Around the Corner (1940), where bickering co-workers don't realize they're secretly pen pals, and update it by having the lovestruck duo meet via the Internet. Better yet, add the team behind the 1993 hit, Sleepless in...

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Flamboyant Rudolf Nureyev transformed ballet in our time.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Scholarly, penetrating and meticulously researched, this biography unveils Rudolf Nureyev's life in all its Technicolor glory. Diane Solway also taps into recently declassified Soviet archives, which shed light on the dancer's early years in the former Soviet Union. While other Nureyev bios, most notably Otis Stuart's Perpetual Motion, are rife...

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Dancing at Lughnasa

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Dancing At Lughnasa tells the story of one summer in the lives of five unmarried grown-up sisters living in a farm house outside the small Irish town of Ballybeg in 1936. Narrated in a looking-back mode by one sister's illegitimate son, it's of the "things were never the same...

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