Archive for December, 1999

The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Talented Mr. Ripley

| December 31, 1999

I have to admit that I’ve always had a soft spot for films of the “charming scoundrel waltzes in and pulls the wool over everyone’s eyes” sort, and The Talented Mr. Ripley is an extremely good example of the genre. Of course, setting any film in Italy is a good move. Even if the story […]

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Reviews – 1999

Reviews – 1999

| December 31, 1999

ANNA AND THE KING Rated: 6 I wanted to like it but never became engaged. It is well produced and well cast, but I missed the music that accompanied this story in THE KING AND I. Too long by half an hour at 2 1/2 hours, doesn’t anyone remember how to say “cut”?! MAGNOLIA Rated: […]

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Girl, Interrupted

Girl, Interrupted

| December 30, 1999

“Have you ever confused a dream with life?” The opening line of Girl, Interrupted. Welcome to Susanna’s nightmare. And her awakening from a dream that gives her a new look at life. Winona Ryder plays Susanna: a girl with issues. A girl confused. A girl who is hurting herself on the outside to kill the […]

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The General’s Daughter

The General’s Daughter

| December 30, 1999

This slick bit of funnery is almost too good to be true. An undercover CID officer (Travolta) working a sting on some gun dealers within the military happens to bump into the attractive daughter of a retiring general, who’s next role will be as Vice President, if all goes as planned. Whoa, hold it, hold […]

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Galaxy Quest

Galaxy Quest

| December 30, 1999

Galaxy Quest is one of those perfect little holiday movies, a high-concept romp that delivers laughs and doesn’t ask much thought in return. If you’re burned out on shopping and dreading New Year’s Eve whether Y2K brings about the end of the world or not, then this is a good flick to squeeze in during […]

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Bicentennial Man

Bicentennial Man

| December 30, 1999

The trailer looked so good: Robin Williams is a robot. The shot is of him on an operating table, body open, saying: “I’m trying to make something of myself here.” This is going to be funny. Robin probably hits a home run here. I LOVE Robin Williams. Let’s go see a funny movie. Shit. Taken […]

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Arlington Road

Arlington Road

| December 30, 1999

“Michael Faraday is a recently widowed college history professor living alone with his ten-year-old son Grant in the suburbs of Washington, DC. The death of Michael’s wife Leah, an FBI agent killed in the line of duty, continues to haunt both father and son. Michael and Grant are soon befriended by the Langs, a vivacious, […]

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Man on the Moon

Man on the Moon

| December 23, 1999

Kaufman.” It’s his stunning, tour-de-force performance that holds together this Milos Forman biopic. If it weren’t for Carrey, Man on the Moon would be just another “moments from famous lives” effort. As it is, the film barely escapes being less than the sum of its parts, but only because the part at the center is […]

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The Cider House Rules

The Cider House Rules

| December 15, 1999

Cutting right to the chase, The Cider House Rules is easily one of the best films of 1999. Based on the novel by John Irving (The Hotel New Hampshire, The World According To Garp) and adapted for the screen by the author, this film is a prime example of why I like to go to […]

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Cradle Will Rock

Cradle Will Rock

| December 14, 1999

Tim Robbins new film, Cradle Will Rock, ends with the biggest cinematic gut-punch I’ve seen in a long time. A single image says more than a thousand words while teleporting all the issues of the film right into our laps. And what a raft of issues. This ambitious production deals with the interlocking roles of […]

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