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Wednesday, May 30, 2001

Recollecting the moderns

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Between the 1930s and 1970s, modernist architecture reigned as boxy houses with slit windows popped up around the countryside. Modernism Rediscovered, with text by Pierluigi Serraino, focuses on this prolific period of American architecture and provides a compilation of photographs by one of the most well-regarded photographers of architecture,...

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Overseas in hand

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Generally, video games are produced in Japan, translated into English, then sold at American retailers. Yet, the handheld market is saturated with imports that will probably never find an audience domestically — fresh and undiscovered. So expand your worldly senses by indulging in the exclusivity of imports: “Rockman Battle...

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Overseas in hand

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Generally, video games are produced in Japan, translated into English, then sold at American retailers. Yet, the handheld market is saturated with imports that will probably never find an audience domestically — fresh and undiscovered. So expand your worldly senses by indulging in the exclusivity of imports: “Rockman Battle...

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Hug a lug

Animation plus hip voices and songs equals a surprise treat.

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2001 at 12:00 AM

It's a testament to the clever bait-and-switch strategy of this beguiling animated feature that its ogre hero would hardly bite, let alone eat, anyone — but this is a very canny film when it comes to cloaking its soft heart — voices by Mike Meyers, John Lithgow, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz.

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Unchain my heart

Grand opera meets MTV in Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge.

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2001 at 12:00 AM

This audacious, euphoric and intoxicating film seeks to do nothing less than reinvent the movie musical. Director Baz Luhrmann encapsulates an ecstatic feeling of being swept away by a whirlwind of emotions too overwhelming to be controlled — with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.

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Time and Tide

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Writer-director Tsui Hark’s action set pieces are explosively gymnastic and he straps us in for a wild ride through a hail of bullets and the fiery heat of blasting bombs. But for all his visual innovation, his McWoo plot is thicker than Chinese gravy and less clear.

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Pearl Harbor

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Ostensibly about a tragic historic event, the latest gargantuan action flick from director Michael Bay and producer Jerry Bruckheimer is chock-full of their trademark short-hand characters, dramatic clichés, superhuman derring-do and multiple climaxes. Impressive in all the wrong ways, it’s dramatically retarded.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Paper snapshots

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Everyone is a critic, but not everyone does the research. The All Music Guide to Electronica is easily the strongest example of people who have done their homework. Brought to you by the handy folks in Ann Arbor who run the online All Music Guide (www.allmusicguide.com), it is easily...

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Startup.com

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Anyone who suspected the late-’90s boom in Internet stocks was just a lot of hot air should see this documentary, which chronicles the rapid rise and precipitous fall of the Web site govworks.com. Very much a document of its time, it’s ripe with the optimism of a new information society linked via cyberspace.

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The Golden Bowl

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2001 at 12:00 AM

This gilded-age tale, based on Henry James’ 1904 novel, lives up to the Merchant Ivory brand name but doesn’t exceed it. It’s about money, pure and simple, and the complicated maneuvering of those who lack it trying to acquire a piece of great wealth — with Nick Nolte and Uma Thurman.

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