Monthly Archives: July 1998

The Governess - * * 1/2*

The Governess is a romantic drama that’s like an overripe peach. It has a strong core, but a soft, mushy outside. Minnie Driver stars as Rosina da Silva, a devout Jewish girl in 19th century London. After her beloved father … Continue reading

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Full Tilt Boogie - * *

Most documentaries about the making of a movie are purely promotional tools. Occasionally, you’ll run across a documentary such as Hearts of Darkness, which breaks all the boundaries and reveals something beyond the mundane techniques of the filmmaking process. Full … Continue reading

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BASEketball - * * 1/2*

The first film to take advantage of the South Park craze has hit the big screens. Starring the creators of Comedy Central’s crudely funny animated show, BASEketball is a hamhanded attempt to merge their brand of offbeat insult humor with … Continue reading

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The Parent Trap - * * *

Ahhh…Disney is back with yet another remake. This time, they tackle The Parent Trap. The result is remarkably amiable and entertaining, if a bit long. Hallie Parker and Annie James are twins (both played by Lindsay Lohan), each of whom … Continue reading

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The Negotiator - * * *

Like a successful hostage negotiation, hostage negotiation dramas tend to follow a set pattern. As such, most hostage films fall into one of two camps: those where you sympathize with the hostage takers (see Dog Day Afternoon, or Cadillac Man), … Continue reading

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Saving Private Ryan - * * * *

Spielberg has done it again. He revisits his familiar stomping grounds of World War II to deliver his latest masterpiece. This time, he tackles the war itself, delivering a vivid portrait of modern warfare from the common soldier’s point of … Continue reading

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Mafia! - *

Director Jim Abrahams was one of the original trio who ushered in the nonstop-joke spoof genre with their seminal film Airplane! However after eighteen years and countless clones, the genre has lost its luster. Abrahams latest film, Mafia!, isn’t the … Continue reading

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Ever After - * * 1/2*

The fairy tale of Cinderella has been retold many times over the years. However, it isn’t often that such a retelling results in a film as revisionist in Ever After. Eliminating the fantastical elements (pumpkins and fairy godmothers), while enhancing … Continue reading

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Disturbing Behavior - * *

There’s a nugget of a good thriller hidden deep inside Disturbing Behavior, just waiting to get out. Unfortunately, it never gets a chance, and is instead buried in pseudo-thrilling moments mostly borrowed from bad horror films. Retreating from troublesome family … Continue reading

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The Mask of Zorro - * * *

After quite an extended absence from the screen, Zorro has returned in the brand new adventure. The Mask of Zorro typifies what a good summer popcorn movie can be: an action-packed adventure with an actual plot and interesting characters! The … Continue reading

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