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Wednesday, February 17, 1999

My Favorite Martian

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 1999 at 12:00 AM

It’s cool if you’re 7 and love gadgets: a shrinking spaceship, a magic belt and a living Polymorphic Zootinix 3000 spacesuit named Zoot, described by director Donald Petrie (Mystic Pizza, Grumpy Old Men) as "a cross between Roger Rabbit and the magic carpet in Aladdin." It’s cool if you’re...

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My Name Is Joe

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 1999 at 12:00 AM

British director Ken Loach is an anomaly: a political filmmaker who, during the course of 30-plus years of tumultuous history, has kept the faith. Loach wears his political agenda on his sleeve – right next to an unapologetically bleeding heart – and although he sometimes seems to be preaching...

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Affliction

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 1999 at 12:00 AM

"You know, I get to feeling like a whipped dog some days," Wade Whitehouse (Nick Nolte) tells his brother during a late night telephone call. "Some night I’m going to bite back, I swear it." "Haven’t you already done a bit of that?" Rolfe (Willem Dafoe) answers him, maintaining...

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Blast from the Past

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Blast from the Past is actually two movies. The first is a spoof of Cold War paranoia as epitomized by American families building private, underground bomb shelters stocked with enough supplies so that they could – theoretically – survive the first effects of a nuclear blast. In 1962, the...

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The Last Days

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 1999 at 12:00 AM

The woman cries. Her voice falters. She covers her face with her hands to suffocate the images that find unbearable refuge in her mind. Wounded, agonizing words – the raw flesh of memory – come slowly out of her mouth as she remembers hearing the screams, watching two children...

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Wednesday, February 10, 1999

Guides and gals

Sex and love shift into manual overdrive.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 1999 at 12:00 AM

9:30 My friend Ian’s coming over at 10 to talk about this, that and quite a bit of the other. Girls. We always end up talking about his girls. Petite, large, dim-witted or clever, it doesn’t matter as long as they’re red-headed. That’s the only requirement. 9:45 Maybe I should...

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The General

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Filmed in vivid black and white, writer-director John Boorman’s The General tells the real-life story of infamous Dublin crime boss Martin Cahill. Beginning at the end, the film opens with the murder of Cahill by the IRA in 1994, then rewinds, literally, to his youthful years as a petty...

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Six-String Samurai

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 1999 at 12:00 AM

It’s a bad sign when you start admiring the vistas to the point of losing track of the story, but Six-String Samurai is that kind of movie. It may be pointless, paceless and too self-consciously hip for its own good, but it sure looks nice. The premise is this:...

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Payback

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 1999 at 12:00 AM

He’s tough. He’s mean. He’s a killing machine. He wants one thing: $70,000, his cut from the heist he’s pulled with his buddy, Val (Gregg Henry). He moves in a world of mathematically challenged thugs — 70,000, goddamnit, not 130,000! — and that makes things a tad difficult. He...

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Laugh, you wierdos!

Wes Anderson concocts the most original comedy.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Rushmore is really the Max Fischer Experience. That is, director Wes Anderson — who co-wrote the script with Bottle Rocket-collaborator Owen Wilson — has created one of the most distinctive characters in recent cinema with Max (Jason Schwartzman), a precocious, ambitious and maddeningly confident sophomore at Rushmore Academy, a boy’s...

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