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Interminable Revenue Service
, September 14, 1999
The Taxman cometh--the government's most abused and underappreciated civil servant is reinvented as an unlikely hero in Avi Nesher's rambling... More>>
A Bumpy Ride from Stage to Screen
, September 14, 1999
Although Noel Coward's principal domain was the stage, and film versions of his plays have rarely proven satisfactory, the centenary of his birth... More>>
Breeders on the Loose
, September 14, 1999
Romance, Catherine Breillat's succès de scandale, is both dour and wickedly funny. Disconcerting combos are the mark of this film, whose... More>>
Much Too Vulgar a Display of Power
, September 14, 1999
For sheer liturgical ookiness, the millennially challenged Catholic bloodletter Stigmata practically breaks a hip trying to outgoose the... More>>
Japanimation's All-ages Show
, September 14, 1999
A world apart from the rapacious, cyclopean tentacle-dicks of Overfiend-style hentai, and from the sugared-cereal-fueled multimedia franchises of... More>>
String Me Up! String Me Down!
, September 14, 1999
Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is no shrinking violet. When she's on the stage, you can't ignore her, and not only because of her... More>>
Hey! They're Workin' Here!
, September 14, 1999
Playing the mild, schlumpy schoolteacher who falls for the beautiful, eponymous thief in B. Monkey, Jared Harris puts on the self-deprecating air... More>>
Hers and His and His
, September 14, 1999
Masquerading as a bubbleheaded update of Design for Living, Splendor is Gregg Araki's version of a family-values movie. The values in question... More>>
Chaos Theories Chaos Theories
, September 07, 1999
Rollicking ensemble comedies both, the Yugoslav Black Cat, White Cat and the Japanese Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald partake of the carnival spirit... More>>
Night of the Living Ed
, September 07, 1999
He's not quite Van Gogh, but Ed Wood Jr., declared the "world's worst filmmaker" barely two years after his ignominious death in a dive off the... More>>
Market Forces
Unveiling a new indie showcase; producers pounce on Toronto
, September 07, 1999
Unlike the Cannes or Berlin film festivals, the Toronto Film Festival has never housed a market. The only films that screen at Toronto are those... More>>
Laws of Desire
, September 07, 1999
Catherine Breillat is the bad-girl intellectual of French cinema. Her subject is l'amour fou and its consequences--murder, suicide, temporary or... More>>
Dogma Days
, September 07, 1999
In 1995, a handful of Danish directors celebrated film's 100th birthday—and captured international attention—with a quasi-religious... More>>
Master of His Craft
, September 07, 1999
For many years, Haxan (1921), Benjamin Christensen's compelling examination of witchcraft, was considered his only important achievement. This... More>>
Killing Time
, September 07, 1999
The ad campaign for The Minus Man is what you might call an exercise in ironic suggestibility, all sneering warnings ("Don't Bring a Dumb Date")... More>>
Domestic Troubles
, September 07, 1999
When they work, not merely as genre pieces but dream-stealing windows on our civilized weaknesses and vanities, horror movies can achieve a kind... More>>
Across the Great Divide
, September 07, 1999
A few minutes into Deepa Mehta's Earth, when a little girl drops a plate and it shatters to the ground, the child asks her mother, "Can one break... More>>
The Spoils of War
, August 31, 1999
The freshest aspect of Ziad Doueiri's largely autobiographical first feature, West Beirut, is its offhand acknowledgment that war zones can be... More>>
Vikings kick it old-school
, August 31, 1999
Long-delayed and rumored to be a laughable mess, the John McTiernan?directed Viking adventure The 13th Warrior is actually a well-marbled, albeit... More>>
Teenage Wasteland
A wartime adolescence in a divided city
, August 31, 1999
Ziad Doueiri was 12 in 1975, the year that fighting broke out in his hometown, Beirut. As civil war fractured the city into a Christian east and... More>>
Splendor in the grass
, August 31, 1999
Cross Rushmore with Cheech and Chong and you might get Outside Providence, an unassuming fish-out-of-water, coming-of-age movie for stoners.... More>>
Shelf Life
Brothers from another planet 
, August 31, 1999
In considering the animated films of Stephen and Timothy Quay, the lion's share of which are now available on one tape from Kino called The... More>>
Days of future past
I never promised you an orgasmatron
, August 31, 1999
Current sci-fi films seem endlessly obsessed with special effects one-upmanship, so the best parts about them--the provocative glimpses of... More>>
Altered Fates Altered Fates
, August 24, 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 goddess... More>>
A Cincinnati Narc Strikes a Pose
, August 24, 1999
The new cops-and-crack thriller In Too Deep is a heavily cut bag of passing gangsta highs, empty at the core but superficially diverting. Ripping... More>>
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