Monthly Archives: March 1998

No Looking Back - * 1/2*

Edward Burns tackles his third picture with No Looking Back, and like his previous two, it is a working-class relationship picture. However, unlike his previous work, the film dwells on a more personal story, and with a female protagonist. And … Continue reading

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The Newton Boys - * * 1/2*

Richard Linklater, notorious for his modern day Generation X films, strikes off in new territory in The Newton Boys, a period drama detailing the true-life exploits of the most successful gang of bank robbers in United States history. The mastermind … Continue reading

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Meet the Deedles - 1/2*

Part buddy comedy, part fish-out-of-water story, part nature tale, Meet the Deedles is not nearly as interesting as any of those archetypes. In fact, it is an invitation you ought to disregard. Phil and Stew Deedle (Paul Walker and Steve … Continue reading

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Wide Awake - * 1/2*

Here’s a rarity: a children’s film that attempts to tackle a weighty subject, Is there a God? Done well, it could have been a gem among the wasteland of modern children’s cinema. Unfortunately, it isn’t. With jumbled messages, and an … Continue reading

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Niagara Niagara - * 1/2*

Niagara Niagara is a road movie that shouldn’t be one. Telling the story of two loners tossed together by fate, the film survives only on the basis of one strong performance. Seth (Henry Thomas) and Marcy (Robin Tunney) are shy … Continue reading

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Wild Things - * *

Wild Things is a movie that prides itself on its deviations, both from sexual norms as well as a plot as we know it. This thriller is overflowing with sex, violence, twisting relationships, and double-crosses to the point that it … Continue reading

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Primary Colors - * * * 1/2*

In 1994, an insider’s look at a scandal-ridden run for the Democratic presidential nomination (closely based on Clinton’s 1992 campaign) was written anonymously (former Newsweek writer Joe Klein later claimed true authorship). Now, the book, Primary Colors, has been made … Continue reading

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Mr. Nice Guy - * 1/2*

Mr. Nice Guy is the latest Jackie Chan film, so you should know what to expect. A weak plot, terrible dialogue, very little acting ability, but some jaw-dropping action sequences that nearly make the rest of it worthwhile. However, Mr. … Continue reading

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Chairman of the Board - [No Tickets]

Used as a joke in Austin Powers, the infamous Carrot Top movie finally sees the light of day, and the world is much worse for wear. A gimmicky prop comic, Carrot Top (aka Scott Thompson), lacks even the range of … Continue reading

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The Man in the Iron Mask - * * 1/2*

Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace makes his directoral debut with this adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ further adventures of the Three Musketeers. While not as good as his earlier film, The Man in the Iron Mask is entertaining. The three musketeers have, … Continue reading

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