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1998 Stories by Dennis Lim

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  • Licensed To Ill

    published December 29, 1998

    The medical establishment is roundly censured in Patch Adams, a movie irresponsible enough to propose that doctors should behave like Robin... More >>

  • Getting Vocal

    published December 8, 1998

    Jane Horrocks is a peculiar sort of scene-stealer. Mannered, mercurial, sometimes just plain mad, her uningratiating acting style is so... More >>

  • After Dark, My Sweat

    published December 1, 1998

    Ferzan Ozpetek's handsome first feature, Steam: The Turkish Bath, was an obvious contender for Foreign Film Oscar this year, but the... More >>

  • Bugging Out

    published November 24, 1998

    Enemy of the State isn't really a smart film, but it makes a concerted stab at pretending to be one, which counts as a massive step forward... More >>

  • The Music Choice Artifacts And Inspired Counterfeits

    published November 3, 1998

    There's never been a movie musical quite like Todd Haynes's Velvet Goldmine. Dense and deliriously volatile, the film's narrative is a... More >>

  • Practical Magic

    published October 27, 1998

    The title is, to say the least, an understatement. Witchcraft has rarely looked more prosaic and less sexy than it does in Griffin Dunne's... More >>

  • 'ResFest'

    published October 20, 1998

    Conceived as a showcase for digital innovations in filmmaking and, more to the point, as a celebration of their democratizing aspects, the annual... More >>

  • Vlad Tidings

    published October 20, 1998

    Jared Harris is on-screen for no more than 20 minutes in Todd Solondz's new film, Happiness, but each one of his scenes is a model of... More >>

  • Clay Pigeons

    published October 6, 1998

    An allegedly comedic thriller about serial killing, David Dobkin's Clay Pigeons strives for the kind of edgy humor that, when misjudged,... More >>

  • Angels and Insects

    published October 6, 1998

    With their beckoning tunnels of light and stairways to heaven, soothing mantras of it's-not-so-bad and it's-never-too-late, New Age afterlife... More >>

  • Back Stabbers

    published September 29, 1998

    Boasting more crushed steel than Crash, John Frankenheimer's Ronin is a slick, back-to-basics espionage thriller: Cold War nostalgia... More >>

  • Winter of Their Youth

    published September 15, 1998

    In a certain light (the hazy glow of late-summer afternoons, for instance), obsession seems like the only reasonable response to Belle and... More >>

  • The Wild Bunch

    published September 8, 1998

    Political correctness is dead, and movies are only now playing catch-up. Or at least, that's how the spin goes. Everything from Woody Allen's... More >>

  • Sliding Doors

    published April 28, 1998

    Five minutes into Sliding Doors, Gwyneth Paltrow splits in two. Had this amoeba-like fission occured throughout the film at five-minute... More >>

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