Monthly Archives: September 1997

The Ice Storm - * * *

In his next film since Sense and Sensibility, director Ang Lee tackles another literary project, though this one is radically different. The Ice Storm is based on the novel by Rick Moody, a snapshot of Thanksgiving weekend, 1973. Ice Storm … Continue reading

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Soul Food - * * *

Soul Food is an invigorating drama about a troubled family and their struggles to remain together. With rich characters and believable situations, it makes for a satisfying movie. Soul Food tells the story of Big Mama (Irma P. Hall) and … Continue reading

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The Peacemaker - * * 1/2*

The Peacemaker is a by-the-numbers action film. It’s routine and predictable, but the elements fit together for a reason: it’s a fun film to watch. After a shipment of Russian nuclear weapons is hijacked by a disgruntled Russian general Alexsander … Continue reading

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The Edge - * * *

Several genres meet at The Edge. At it’s core, it’s a thriller, yet it also has elements of a buddy movie, a wilderness adventure, a monster movie and a character drama. Director Lee Tamahori stitches together all these disparate elements … Continue reading

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L.A. Confidential - * * * *

It would be easy to label L.A. Confidential a nineties attempt a film noir, but it doesn’t quite fit. That overeager catagorization does a disservice both to the film and to the genre. Sure, the pulpy film takes place in … Continue reading

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Wishmaster - 1/2*

What is the problem with most horror movies today? Out of all mainstream genres, the horror genre has the most horrible production values, bad scripts, and even worse acting. I guess part of the blame lies with its uncaring fan … Continue reading

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A Thousand Acres - *

Based on Jane Smiley’s novel, A Thousand Acres pulls out every melodramatic trick in the book, but never establishes a foundation on which to build. The result is about as flimsy and not nearly as interesting as a house of … Continue reading

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In & Out - * * *

A man questioning his own sexuality does not seem like the ideal topic for a comedy. But with a good script, and plenty of humor, In & Out tackles this touchy subject matter with aplomb. Howard Brackett is the high … Continue reading

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The Game - * * * 1/2*

The opening credits of The Game are simple, yet convey a lot about the movie itself. The titles fade in, only to be revealed as a jigsaw puzzle, which shatters apart, revealing yet another layer beneath. The film has a … Continue reading

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Fire Down Below - *

Steven Seagal returns in another enviro-epic, and, though this one isn’t as abyssmal as On Deadly Ground, there’s not much to it. Seagal stars as Jack Taggart, an investigator for the EPA. A millionaire industrialist, Orin Hanner (Kris Kristofferson), has … Continue reading

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