Monthly Archives: June 1998

Out of Sight - * * *

Elmore Leonard has quickly become one of Hollywood’s favorite authors. Out of four film adaptations in as many years, the witty and inventive Out of Sight gives Get Shorty a run for its money as the best Leonard adaptation around. … Continue reading

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Dr. Dolittle - *

Given the success of Babe, it’s easy to see why Hollywood would be eager to remake Dr. Dolittle. But, though they remembered the talking animals, someone forgot to give this movie a sense of humor. Even as a young boy, … Continue reading

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The X-Files: Fight the Future - * *

The X-Files joins the ranks of television shows moving to the big screen, but (in a rare occurence) it is doing so in the midst of its popular television run. Though this might serve to boost its audience, it only … Continue reading

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Mulan - * * * 1/2*

Disney cements their place in the forefront of feature animation with the release of their latest animated adventure, Mulan. While it adheres a bit too close to the Disney formula to be perfect, it is nonetheless an entertaining film for … Continue reading

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Cousin Bette - * *

With the preponderance of period pieces at the movies during recent years, it doesn’t seem too farfetched that someone would adapt Balzac’s novel Cousin Bette. However, this farcical tale of revenge falters right out of the starting gate and never … Continue reading

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Dirty Work - 1/2*

Like so many other former Saturday Night Live-ers before him, Norm Macdonald attempts to make the jump to feature films…and falls flat on his face. Dirty Work is an embarrassingly bland comic failure. Macdonald stars as Mitch Weaver, a pathetic … Continue reading

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Can’t Hardly Wait - *

Remember the glut of mid-80s teen angst films? Well, apparently every generation needs its own, and Can’t Hardly Wait has picked up the gauntlet. Unfortunately, beyond broad stereotypes and patently obvious social observations, Can’t Hardly Wait has very little to … Continue reading

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Six Days, Seven Nights - * * 1/2*

It’s a traditional setup: put a man and a woman who seemingly hate each other into isolation together and love will bloom. That’s the tried-and-true setup of the new romantic adventure film Six Days, Seven Nights, which gets the setup … Continue reading

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The Truman Show - * * * 1/2*

Not your typical Jim Carrey fare, The Truman Show is a daring comedy-drama which turns a scathing eye upon the media culture. Fans expecting Carrey’s usual shtick will be disappointed here…but few else will be, for this intelligent and invigorating … Continue reading

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