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Wednesday, August 25, 1999

Teaching Mrs. Tingle

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Whether known by its provocative original title, Killing Mrs. Tingle, or the suitably nonviolent, positivist Teaching Mrs. Tingle, the directorial debut of screenwriter (Scream) and television producer ("Dawson’s Creek") Kevin Williamson is one mammoth wasted opportunity. The 34-year-old Williamson has successfully captured the zeitgeist with his brand of media-savvy,...

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Mickey Blue Eyes

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 1999 at 12:00 AM

The great Mafia movie parody always deserved an interesting twist. Enter Mickey Blue Eyes aka Michael Felgate (Hugh Grant), a genteel fine art auctioneer with a lack of coordination with weapons and a throbbing heart for a New York Mafia princess, Gina (Jeanne Tripplehorn). Mixing all the culture-shock elements...

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Autumn Tale

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 1999 at 12:00 AM

With the notable exception of two historical dramas, 79-year-old French writer-director Eric Rohmer seems to have spent the last 40 years making the same film over and over and again. Rohmer was one of the core members of the French New Wave of directors which coalesced around 1960 —...

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Bowfinger

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Movies about making movies run the risk of alienating audiences who aren’t actually in the film industry, but Bowfinger finds that happy medium between insider joke and mass entertainment. This surreal tale of guerrilla filmmaking in the shadow of the Hollywood sign is chock-full of goofy charm, and taps...

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Buddha basics

Love yourself, and other pop koans for the urban warrior.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 1999 at 12:00 AM

It’s easy to find a scapegoat for the dysfunctional relationship American women have with their bodies. Whenever your favorite woman asks, "Do these jeans make me look fat?" all you have to do is shrug and point: The Media (capital M, which is an upside down W, which stands for...

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In Too Deep

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Jeffrey Cole (Omar Epps) is an undercover cop who, rather easily, infiltrates the inner circle of an underworld crime boss known as God (L L Cool J). God is the kind of smiling sociopath who might show up beaming and huggable at some church function but, at the first...

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Wednesday, August 18, 1999

Trick

Posted By on Wed, Aug 18, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Falling in love is easy. Getting a room is the hard part. Gabriel (Christian Campbell) is a young musical theater writer, uninspired and down on his luck. The closest he gets to romance and passion is sitting outside his own apartment door listening to the mattress creaking under his...

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Twin Falls, Idaho

Posted By on Wed, Aug 18, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Twin Falls, Idaho is a somberly paced but very slight and sentimental reverie on fraternal bonds and the pain of letting go. Directed by Michael Polish, who co-wrote the screenplay with his twin brother Mark, the film features the two playing Siamese twins – Francis (Michael) and Blake (Mark)...

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Mogue Doyle

Posted By on Wed, Aug 18, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Mogue Doyle play proud Irish songs that make you want to stand tall and raise your beer stein in approval. Quoting the Pogues as an influence, this ten member band has had the pleasure of opening for their idol Shane MacGowan at St. Andrews Hall. Like Shane, Mogue’s singer...

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D.W. Harris

Posted By on Wed, Aug 18, 1999 at 12:00 AM

When 80’s college alt-rockers Anne Be Davis broke up in the late eighties, their frontman D.W. Harris went solo, opening for The Violent Femmes and Matthew Sweet. Now Harris keeps it real with old-fashioned blues-rock in the traditions of Tom Waits and Nick Cave. His gritty vocals, groaning with angst...

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