Daily Archives: December 25, 1997

Wag the Dog - * * * 1/2*

Director Barry Levinson has crafted a wickedly funny political satire, that, while consistently tickling your funny bone, rings astoundingly true. The President of the United States has a problem. The election is only a few days away, and a devastating … Continue reading

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Kundun - * * 1/2*

And here we have the second film of the year to tell the tale of the Dalai Lama. First came Seven Years in Tibet, an interesting, yet somehow uninformative view of the Dalai Lama’s live, from a decidedly Western outsider’s … Continue reading

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The Postman - * * 1/2*

Kevin Costner returns to directing with a film that, on the outset, looks like a cross between Dances With Wolves and Waterworld. That description, however, doesn’t completely fit this postapocalyptic western (based on the novel by David Brin), which is … Continue reading

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Mr. Magoo - 1/2*

What’s there to say about Mr. Magoo? A series of short one-joke cartoons has now been expanded to an hour-and-a-half live action movie. Does anyone even expect this one to be any good? Well, if you do, you’ll be disappointed. … Continue reading

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Jackie Brown - * * 1/2*

Quentin Tarantino finally has rolled around to directing another feature film after hitting the big time with Pulp Fiction. This time around he is adapting the Elmore Leonard novel Rum Punch (with a couple of significant character changes), rechristened Jackie … Continue reading

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An American Werewolf in Paris - *

Sixteen years after the release of An American Werewolf in London, some brainiac has decided that there should be a sequel. The original was by no means perfect, but had some impressive effects, a little bit of charm, and a … Continue reading

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