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Leaps of Faith Leaps of Faith
, 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 20th... More>>
Pulling Punches; 'Star Trek' Trickery Pulling Punches; 'Star Trek' Trickery
, December 28, 1999
Rising above his filmic circumstances, Denzel Washington delivers a mesmerizing, volatile performance as Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the New Jersey... More>>
Kiarostami Takes a Mirror to Movie-World Fame
, December 28, 1999
A full decade after its making, Abbas Kiarostami's Close-Up emerges from the closed country of Rumored Masterpieces to no doubt pass through our... More>>
End Games End Games
, 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>>
From Riches to Rags: Ugly Americans and Plucky Irish From Riches to Rags: Ugly Americans and Plucky Irish
, December 21, 1999
If you want to set yourself up for disappointment, you've only to look forward to a movie based on a book you love. But even taken on their own... More>>
Wet Dreams May Come
, December 21, 1999
Now it can be told. For years, mystery shrouded the auteurship of the notorious gay cult film Pink Narcissus, released anonymously in 1971,... More>>
Fiennes and Hawke Get the Cold Shoulder Fiennes and Hawke Get the Cold Shoulder
, December 21, 1999
As Evgeny Onegin, the luckless hero of Pushkin's cruelly ironic tale of romantic reversal, Ralph Fiennes—his thin lips locked into a rueful... More>>
Look Who’s Multiplying
, December 21, 1999
The robotics guys working on Chris Columbus's latest minivan—his usual rich-suburban, vaguely fascistic dramedy guaranteed by Satan's... More>>
Ryder in the Storm
, December 21, 1999
Elliptical and mordantly witty, Susanna Kaysen's Girl, Interrupted recounts living as a teen in a mental hospital for a year and a half; it... More>>
Your Shows of Shows Your Shows of Shows
, December 14, 1999
Christmas comes early—at least for this reviewer—with a pair of highly audacious, hugely enjoyable, exceptionally well-written,... More>>
The Emperors’ Old Clothes The Emperors’ Old Clothes
, December 14, 1999
China's Fifth Generation continues to work through its midlife crisis. Zhang Yimou retreats further from art house opulence (his modest... More>>
Paul Thomas Anderson Lets It All Hang Out
Family Man
, December 14, 1999
"Without the pornography, I feel like I'm naked," writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson nervously confides, rapping his knuckles on a cluttered... More>>
Setting a Trap
, December 14, 1999
E.B. White's tearful prepubescent semi-classic gets the Happy Hollywood treatment, but with disappointing results—Stuart himself is a... More>>
Into the Mix
Balkanic Eruptions
, December 14, 1999
A macédoine is a salad of many fruits mixed together. Macedonia is also a region in Greece whose capital, Salonika, played host for... More>>
The Double Life of Vera Bila
, December 14, 1999
There have been few less likely singing sensations than Vera Bila, the Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn of gypsy music. The subject of this intimate... More>>
Mike Leigh Improvises on History Mike Leigh Improvises on History
Backstage Passages
, December 14, 1999
A definitively contemporary director, Mike Leigh has made a foray into the 19th century with Topsy-Turvy, a biopic of Gilbert and Sullivan, and... More>>
Figgis’s Ham-Handed Two Hander
, December 14, 1999
Smack in the middle of Miss Julie, Mike Figgis’s frenetic and grossly self-aggrandizing adaption of Strindberg’s worse-for-wear... More>>
Up in Arms on the Home Front Up in Arms on the Home Front
, December 07, 1999
Though movies trade in sex and violence, it's a rare film that faces up to the body as flesh—to its mottled colors, smothering weight, and... More>>
History Repeating History Repeating
, December 07, 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>>
Doing Time with Glowing Saints and Glowering Sinners Doing Time with Glowing Saints and Glowering Sinners
, December 07, 1999
When the fiction foundry/movie mine/paradigm spigot that is Stephen King tries for an all-American magical-realism—his fave location for... More>>
Caught in the Act
, December 07, 1999
John Wallowitch has made a career of composing highly credible, if perhaps less than distinctive, would-be pop standards. Now in his seventies... More>>
Animating Rhythms
Fauvism Meets Folk Art
, December 07, 1999
Like the improvisational jazz that often scores their films, the Hubley family's animated output has always married technical mastery with... More>>
In Visible Cities
Return Trips
, December 07, 1999
In the 1930s, Shanghai was the world's only free port—no papers or payment required for entry. So at the start of World War II, nearly... More>>
Tim Roth Takes Some Shots Tim Roth Takes Some Shots
All in the Family
, December 07, 1999
Tough, bleak, and unencumbered by actor-turned-director hubris, Tim Roth's first feature, The War Zone (opening December 10), is anything but a... More>>
Lust, Love, and Ladies on the Lam
, December 07, 1999
One of the highlights of last year's Spanish program at the Walter Reade was Ventura Pons's Caresses, an omnisexual roundelay about the trials of... More>>
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