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1998 Stories by Gary Dauphin

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  • Gorilla in the Midst

    published December 29, 1998

    Disney's African entertainment subdivision— recent offerings include the various incarnations of The Lion King, wilderness theme... More >>

  • A Space Oddity

    published December 22, 1998

    Blame it on the aliens in Hollywood, but odd-numbered Star Trek movies tend to suck. The best flicks— from number two, Wrath of... More >>

  • Jack Frost

    published December 22, 1998

    Despite having all the charm of a department store snow scene, Jack Frost is a serviceable kid pic, as counterfeit as Muzak but still able... More >>

  • Port Djema

    published December 15, 1998

    Languidly drifting through the dusty, deadly byways of a fictional francophone African nation, Port Djema is a maddening but nonetheless... More >>

  • Low Blows

    published December 1, 1998

    Like Howard Stern's Private Parts, which dared to imagine the mensch behind the King of All (Sleaze) Media, Ringmaster's... More >>

  • Continental Drift

    published December 1, 1998

    Decent images of black life are always hard to come by, but you almost forget that there was once a time when educated film types questioned with... More >>

  • Redeeming Features

    published November 24, 1998

    Set in the backwoods and cinder-block slums of Brazil, Central Station is a mildly saccharine but kind-hearted movie. Part gorgeously... More >>

  • Going Out with a Bang

    published November 17, 1998

    Despite the adolescent hankering for movies that make for good ad copy ("I was blown away— and so was everyone else!"), very few films end... More >>

  • The Siege

    published November 17, 1998

    Imagine an action-hero Colin Powell oozing sex appeal and you get the feel of Denzel Washington in humble-patriot mode, a new style All (African)... More >>

  • Hunt and Peck

    published November 10, 1998

    I don't naturally think of myself as a 'Haitian filmmaker,' " says Haitian-born filmmaker Raoul Peck. Which is a bit odd, since he's about to get... More >>

  • Under the Skin

    published November 3, 1998

    American History X apparently had some paternity issues long before it headed to theaters. A leaden, presumptively shocking exposé about... More >>

  • Holy Man

    published October 20, 1998

    You almost feel sorry for Eddie Murphy while watching Holy Man. Murphy's done funny-funny, funny-violent, and funny-sweet, but he hasn't... More >>

  • The Buddy System

    published October 13, 1998

    Chugging cheerfully along somewhere between Mel Brooks and early Woody Allen, The Impostors is a very funny old-school comedy. It's... More >>

  • Naked Acts

    published October 13, 1998

    Bridgett Davis's indie debut opens with a seriocomic setup: an inexperienced African American actress finds her biggest professional challenge... More >>

  • Detroit 9000

    published October 13, 1998

    Unavailable on video and not screened since 1973, Detroit 9000 is a neatly schizoid period piece. Part funkily garbed blaxploitation flick... More >>

  • Collective Call

    published October 6, 1998

    Now entering its fourth decade, Third World Newsreel has gone from a giddily utopian agitprop image bank documenting the antiwar and Civil Rights... More >>

  • Two on the Isle

    published August 25, 1998

    Hollywood didn't really discover the black female audience with Waiting To Exhale, at least not the way Columbus discovered America. Terry... More >>

  • [He Got] Game Plan

    published May 5, 1998

    Spike Lee doesn't want to tell people what to think about race and the movies, but that doesn't mean he's without opinions. "I don't want to sound... More >>

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