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1999 Stories by Justine Elias

Archives: 2002 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998
  • Houseguest from Hell

    published November 16, 1999

    At her best, Fanny Price, the heroine of Mansfield Park-Jane Austen's third and most problematic novel-displays remarkable forbearance. She... More >>

  • Guided by Voices

    published November 9, 1999

    In Martine Dugowson's debut film, Mina Tannenbaum, there's a superbly apt description of the tumultuous relationship between two longtime female... More >>

  • I Will Contrive

    published October 19, 1999

    Ben and Katie Jordan are wealthy, attractive Californians with dream jobs (novelist and crossword-puzzle designer), a perfectly appointed house, a... More >>

  • Desert Blue

    published June 8, 1999

    Baxter, California, population 89, is a desert town with only one landmark: a giant ice cream cone. When a truck carrying possibly hazardous... More >>

  • Finding North

    published June 1, 1999

    Finding North, the directing debut of Tanya Wexler (daughter of cinematographer Haskell Wexler), is a most paradoxical film: a road movie... More >>

  • The Love Letter

    published May 25, 1999

    Helen MacFarquhar, a bookstore owner in a sleepy New England town, is the sort of wry, slightly disappointed heroine that Joan Fontaine used to... More >>

  • Movies with meals and names

    published May 18, 1999

    My Dinner with Andre The charm and power of the rereleased My Dinner With Andre depends completely on your mind-set... More >>

  • Life

    published April 20, 1999

    Don't be dissuaded by the crude, unfunny trailer, and don't mind that the screen writers' only previous effort was the rotten Destiny Turns... More >>

  • Jeanne and the Perfect Guy

    published April 13, 1999

    Here's something you don't see very often: an ACT UP march in Paris in which the principals burst into song. But the scene's strange mix of... More >>

  • Bard Behavior

    published April 6, 1999

    Despite her tabloid status as a former child star, recovering alcoholic, and whiplash bride and divorcée, Drew Barrymore, as an actress,... More >>

  • Metroland

    published April 6, 1999

    It's official: Emily Watson is eminently capable of playing ordinary, well-adjusted characters, too. Metroland— shot after Breaking... More >>

  • The Mod Squad

    published March 30, 1999

    You'd pretty much have to be, in the edited-for-television language of the youthquake, out of your ever-loving mind to enjoy this feeble movie... More >>

  • Forces of Nature

    published March 16, 1999

    Trapped on the road to conformity, nice young men and women are happy to be waylaid by unmanageable forces. Or at least that's how it happens in... More >>

  • Sparkler

    published March 16, 1999

    A Vegas road trip goes awry in the genial but clichéd Sparkler, in which three broke L.A. housemates seek a jackpot that will cover... More >>

  • 20 Dates

    published February 23, 1999

    Like an obnoxious four-year-old who believes everything he does is fascinating and adorable, filmmaker Myles Berkowitz likes to announce, at the... More >>

  • Prole Playing

    published February 16, 1999

    It's nine o'clock on a weekday morning— do you know where you are? If you've ever stumbled into work more than a few minutes late,... More >>

  • Simply Irresistible

    published February 9, 1999

    Though it comes late in the current cycle of youth-oriented romantic comedies, this occasionally inspired combination of Like Water for... More >>

  • She's All That

    published February 2, 1999

    In this inoffensive variation on John Hughes's frenetic Cinderella stories, April (post­ spring break and post­college acceptance... More >>

  • Playing By Heart

    published January 26, 1999

    There's exciting telecommunications news out of Los Angeles: you no longer have to wait for your phone calls to go through. Just drop a coin, hit... More >>

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