Monthly Archives: January 1998

The Best of 1997

Ahhh…it’s the end of another year, and time for reflection on what has gone by. Well, let’s cut to the chase. Here are my picks for the best of 1997: BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Runner Up – Al Pacino, Donnie Brasco … Continue reading

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Star Kid - * *

Star Kid is a low budget children’s sci-fi superhero action film, and it’s not nearly as bad as that sounds. Spencer Griffith (Joseph Mazzello) is your typical wimpish seventh grader: picked upon his mean older sister (Ashlee Levich) and schoolyard … Continue reading

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Hard Rain - * * 1/2*

After stalling for nearly a year, Hard Rain finally makes it to the box office. Previously titled The Flood, the filmmakers quickly renamed it after the deluge of disaster pics, so as not to have it drown in the public’s … Continue reading

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Half Baked - 1/2*

Nostalgia for the 70s continues, as we see a revival of one of the decade’s greatest achievements: the marijuana comedy. However Half Baked doesn’t quite run with all its brain cells, and will make you appreciate the questionable talents of … Continue reading

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Fallen - * *

How’s this for a plot: cop stalks supernatural body-swapping entity. No, it’s not a remake of The First Power, but it is Fallen, an mostly unsuccessful thriller whose good cast can’t overcome a bad script. Detective John Hobbes (Denzel Washington) … Continue reading

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The Online Film Critics Society 1997 Awards

The first annual Online Film Critics Society year-end awards have been announced: BEST PICTURE: L.A. Confidential BEST ACTOR: Jack Nicholson – As Good As It Gets BEST ACTRESS: Judi Dench – Mrs. Brown BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Burt Reynolds – Boogie … Continue reading

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Firestorm - * 1/2*

You always have to be careful with the first official studio release out of the gate each year. They’re obviously films for which the studios have no great hopes (having missed both the deadline for Academy Award eligibility and the … Continue reading

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