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  • Finding Their Religion

    published August 24, 1999

    In the religion of the movies, Sergio Leone is a prime candidate for beatitude. Among his miracles, the Italian director— who is getting his... More >>

  • Thank Goddess

    published August 31, 1999

    The Muse is light summer fare about a middle-aged Hollywood screenwriter so desperate to brainstorm a light summer fare he hires a Greek... More >>

  • Boomer Bust

    published September 21, 1999

    Talkin' 'bout that generation, September brings two richly metaphoric songs of male Boomer pathos: the midlife-crisis dark comedy American... More >>

  • Stocking up at the Toronto Film Festival

    published September 28, 1999

    It's customary by now to introduce any report on the Toronto International Film Festival with ritual acknowledgment of its ever-escalating... More >>

  • Use Your Illusion

    published October 5, 1999

    Good-looking stranger moves to a small town, changing lives while harboring a secret past. Mumford and Boys Don't Cry—two hits... More >>

  • Young Blood

    published October 12, 1999

    A jaggedly impressionistic reverie, Steven Soderbergh's The Limey works best as a brutal yet delicate gloss on the Orpheus myth. A man... More >>

  • Time of his life

    published October 19, 1999

    A 73-year-old man who needs two canes to walk, and whose dimmed vision precludes driving a car, stubbornly pilots his 1966 John Deere lawn mower... More >>

  • A bunch of slugs

    published October 26, 1999

    Let us triangulate. David Fincher's Fight Club is not a brainless mosh pit. Nor is it a transgressive masterpiece. As provocations go, this... More >>

  • Metaphysical therapy

    published November 2, 1999

    Directed by MTV whiz Spike Jonze from Charlie Kaufman's highly original script, Being John Malkovich is the sort of prize head-scratcher... More >>

  • Crisis modes

    published November 9, 1999

    Lights, camera, agitation: Two current portraits of left-wing heroism and victimhood-the scrappy Belgian import Rosetta and Hollywood's... More >>

  • Redeeming features

    published November 16, 1999

    Dogma, as you may have heard, is an armageddon caper with a cast of characters that includes a pro-choice world savior, a divine messenger... More >>

  • The parent trap

    published November 23, 1999

    Long-established, if not altogether consistent, pillars of the European art film, the Spaniard Pedro Almodóvar and the Frenchman Jacques... More >>

  • Head or Tales

    published November 30, 1999

    Tim Burton has yet to tackle an "adult" theme but there isn't a bankable Hollywood director with a flintier sense of aestheic integrity. More... More >>

  • That's the Spirit

    published December 7, 1999

    I don't know if anyone has ever named God as a divorce-case third party, but it's a possibility the tormented male protagonists of Jane... More >>

  • History Repeating

    published December 14, 1999

    There's a rush-hour sense of history to Tim Robbins's Cradle Will Rock. Historical forces and famous ghosts jostle past each other in this... More >>

  • Your Show of Shows

    published December 21, 1999

    Christmas comes early--at least for this reviewer--with a pair of highly audacious, hugely enjoyable, exceptionally well-written,... More >>

  • End Games

    published December 28, 1999

    This is the week of the new and improved: Man on the Moon resurrects Andy Kaufman in the form of superstar Jim Carrey, Julie Taymor turns... More >>

  • The Big Picture

    published December 28, 1999

    Things to do before the millennium ends: Start an annual poll wherein 50 plus film critics salted with a few choice programmers can tell us just... More >>

  • Personal Bests

    published December 28, 1999

    1 Flowers of Shanghai Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan Hou's third masterpiece of the decade—following The Puppetmaster and Goodbye... More >>

  • Leaps of Faith

    published December 28, 1999

    No matter who Time sees fit to anoint Man of the Century, it's difficult not to view World War II--and specifically, the Holocaust--as the... More >>

  • End Games

    published December 21, 1999

    This is the week of the new and improved: Man on the Moon resurrects Andy Kaufman in the form of superstar Jim Carrey, Julie Taymor turns... More >>

  • Jews for Mr. Charlie

    published December 21, 1999

    Not a play to beat around the bush, Adam Baum and the Jew Movie opens—with a flourish of movie-credit music—on a... More >>

  • Your Shows of Shows

    published December 14, 1999

    Christmas comes early—at least for this reviewer—with a pair of highly audacious, hugely enjoyable, exceptionally well-written,... More >>

  • History Repeating

    published December 7, 1999

    There's a rush-hour sense of history to Tim Robbins's Cradle Will Rock. Historical forces and famous ghosts jostle past each other in this... More >>

  • That's the Spirit

    published November 30, 1999

    I don't know if anyone has ever named God as a divorce-case third party, but it's a possibility the tormented male protagonists of Jane Campion's... More >>

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