Monthly Archives: January 1998

Zero Effect - * * *

Jake Kasdan, son of one of the best screenwriters around, breaks into filmmaking by writing and directing this hard-to-categorize detective story. Part mystery, part comedy, part character study and part romance, for the most part Kasdan manages to combine the … Continue reading

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Deceiver - *

Deceiver is a plot twist in search of a movie. This overly constructed film succeeds in having many surprises, and, being true to its title, being deceptive. But there is little in the film that is worthy of deceit. Braxton … Continue reading

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Great Expectations - *

I’ll be the first to admit it. When you mention the book Great Expectations, I immediately begin experiencing flashbacks to junior high English class, where I was confronted with a torturously boring book filled with people with such nonsensical names … Continue reading

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Desperate Measures - * * 1/2*

To save a loved one, how great a cost would you be willing to pay? Would you be willing to break the law? If so, which ones, and how many times? Is that one life worth the lives of others? … Continue reading

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Deep Rising - * 1/2*

The formula is simple. Trap a varied group of people on an isolated location, then pop in a seemingly unstoppable monster to kill them one by one. These have been the successful ingredients for many good films (The Thing, Alien, … Continue reading

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Swept From the Sea - * * 1/2*

Beeban Kidron directs this romantic epic based on Joseph Conrad’s short story, Amy Foster. But while the film captures the scenery and scope necessary for an epic romance, it falls short with a stale plot and a flat romance. Vincent … Continue reading

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The Gingerbread Man - * * *

Doing a John Grisham film seems to be the trendy way these days for an artistic director to make a commercial film. First Francis Ford Coppola tackled The Rainmaker, which is still the finest adaptation of any of Grisham’s works. … Continue reading

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Spice World - 1/2*

Talk about a movie that seemed dated before it even hit the theaters! Spiceworld is the feature film debut of the pre-fabricated pop band, The Spice Girls. It’s intended as a sort of Hard Day’s Night, but ends up simply … Continue reading

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Phantoms - * *

Why is it that Hollywood has such a hard time adapting the works of best-selling horror authors to the screen? Witness the countless failed atempts at adapting Stephen King’s horror novels. Not a one (excepting maybe Misery and The Shining) … Continue reading

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Preview of 1998

What to Look Forward to in 1998 The following is a list of the top thirty movies that I am looking forward to the most in 1998. That doesn’t mean that they will all necessarily be good, or (in some … Continue reading

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