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  • Limbo

    published June 1, 1999

    Nobody can make a John Sayles movie like John Sayles, and if you dig large side dishes of multicultural sermonizing and overproud anti-formula... More >>

  • The Thirteenth Floor

    published June 1, 1999

    It'll make you cyberlaugh, it'll make you cybercry, just like cyberlife. Based on a 30-year-old SF novel, this Roland Emmerich­produced soft... More >>

  • Twice Upon a Yesterday

    published May 25, 1999

    Cringingly titled and lumpily assembled, this stew of Brit romance and banal magical realism is conceptually lame in hot-diggity ways we... More >>

  • Book 'Em

    published May 25, 1999

    No less than three recent romantic comedies—You've Got Mail, Notting Hill, and The Love Letter—are centered around... More >>

  • This Is My Father

    published May 4, 1999

    Cursed with a title that screams choked-up, 12-step '90s self-obsession, This Is My Father's main claim to attention is its... More >>

  • The Movies Made Me Do It

    published May 4, 1999

    On March 5, 1995, Sarah Edmondson, the 18-year-old scion of one of Oklahoma's most prominent political clans, holed up with her 17-year-old... More >>

  • Le Petomane

    published April 27, 1999

    Beery college slobs in tears over their own and each other's rectal trumpetings should be delighted to learn of their lifestyle's high cultural... More >>

  • A Rising Tide

    published April 20, 1999

    It's been 15 years since François Truffaut's death, and it seems that this most emblematic and accessible of the New Wavers is weathering... More >>

  • Pushing Tin

    published April 20, 1999

    Nick Falzone (John Cusack), a/k/a the Zone, is a zany air-traffic-controller scalawag who mans his console dressed in a... More >>

  • Autonomy Lessons

    published April 13, 1999

    How misleading is the phrase "independent film"? Now that Kevin Smith's Christian-doctrine satire, Dogma, has scared the pants off the... More >>

  • Shelf Life

    published March 30, 1999

    Critic Raymond Durgnat once catalogued over 300 films from the '40s and '50s as proper noir, and so if you think you're noir literate after a few... More >>

  • Shadow of a Doubt

    published March 30, 1999

    Perhaps the best thing you could say about Christopher Nolan's little-Brit-indie-that-could, Following, is that it trucks in ideas thick... More >>

  • Days of Heaven

    published March 23, 1999

    It was Terrence Malick's last film before his notorious 20-year hiatus, it was moviegoers' introduction to Sam Shepard, and it seems almost... More >>

  • Tried and True

    published March 23, 1999

    This year's Hardest Movie Quiz winner: Derek Davidson of the Upper West Side, who for his particularly voracious appetite for futile movie data... More >>

  • The Anti-Kazan

    published March 16, 1999

    Wherever you may land on the Kazan issue nearly 50 years later, there's no getting around the fact that somebody's getting a Lifetime Achievement... More >>

  • Purchase Power

    published March 9, 1999

    Twenty years ago, who would've thunk that Purchase College, a placid upstate party dominion and a SUNY to boot, would muster an indie-film... More >>

  • Path of Glory

    published March 9, 1999

    Suddenly dead Sunday at the age of 70, Stanley Kubrick was more than a filmmaker— he was a major manufacturer of the last half of the 20th... More >>

  • Screen Test

    published February 23, 1999

    This, the second reinstitution of the annual World's Hardest Movie Quiz in the Stuart Byron tradition, takes few prisoners, but so it must with... More >>

  • Party Monster

    published February 9, 1999

    There's nothing abstracted about Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato's Party Monster, a goosey documentary about the rise and fall of club... More >>

  • Grand Delusions

    published February 2, 1999

    There are movies, of course, and then there are movies— stark raving mad movies that make up what they may lack in rigor, taste, and... More >>

  • The Children of Heaven

    published January 19, 1999

    As if Harvey Weinstein himself sat down to make his own Il Postino–ish version of a Kiarostami scenario, Majid Majidi's ham-handed... More >>

  • Lee Marvin: A Personal Portrait

    published January 19, 1999

    Maybe it's me, but Lee Marvin might have been the most mesmerizing, original presence American movies have ever known. With his torpedo-shaped... More >>

  • Shelf Life

    published January 12, 1999

    Critics can't seem to shut up about the new Iranian "wave," but for most of us it's a nonissue, since the stateside-release record on these most... More >>

  • Fierce Attachments

    published January 5, 1999

    As opportunistic and portentous as your average tragic-genius biopic—the genre is, after all, beholden only to history and... More >>

  • Best of the Rest

    published January 5, 1999

    A freakier, rifer year we haven't seen for a decade—in '88, reverence had to be divided between Wings of Desire, Landscape in the... More >>

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