Monthly Archives: August 1998

Simon Birch - * * *

Simon Birch is a film loosely based on John Irving’s novel, A Prayer for Owen Meany. Names, dates, plot elements and places have been changed…so fans of the books should be wary going in. It may not be a faithful … Continue reading

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Why Do Fools Fall in Love? - * *

Why Do Fools Fall in Love is an unusual biopic…one that isn’t terribly interested about its subject. It’s more concerned with the various other lives which are intersected and thrown into turmoil. Why Do Fools Fall in Love tells the … Continue reading

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54 - *

The 70s are a hot era in Hollywood right now. 54 is the latest film to jump on the retro train. This time, the infamously exlcusive disco, Studio 54, is the backdrop for yet another drama detailing the soullessness of … Continue reading

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Fall Preview

Well, it’s that time of the year again. The summer film season has ground to a halt, and the months ahead are packed with the studios’ best hopes for Oscar glory (as well as a few holiday treats). What follows … Continue reading

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Next Stop Wonderland - * * * 1/2*

Next Stop Wonderland is a nice little independent gem hidden in the post-Summer, pre-Fall film wasteland. A quirky and enjoyable romantic comedy, the film provides refreshing characterizations and plenty of humor. Erin Castleton (Hope Davis) is hopelessly single. Her last … Continue reading

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Wrongfully Accused - *

Talk about beating a dead horse. Leslie Nielsen is still trying to squeeze the last drop of humor out of the spoof comedy. Give up! It’s bone-dry, as his latest comedic train wreck, Wrongfully Accused, can attest. The film roughly … Continue reading

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Dead Man on Campus - * 1/2*

Dead Man on Campus is a black comedy dealing with college life and a rather gruesome, but fictitious, urban legend. However, for a black comedy, the humor here is well on the bland side, and definitely not worth the price … Continue reading

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Dance With Me - * * 1/2*

In Dance With Me, you get just what you expect. A dance film, with a little romance thrown in to spice things up, and not much more. However, the sizzling dances make up for what the plot lacks in imagination. … Continue reading

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Blade - * * 1/2*

Blade is the latest entry in Hollywood’s continuing obsession with vampires. Based upon a comic book, Blade feels more like Batman than Dracula. Packed to the gills (or should that be fangs) with crowd-pleasing fight scenes and mindless action, Blade … Continue reading

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Your Friends and Neighbors - * * *

Those familiar with Neil LaBute’s directoral debut, In the Company of Men, know that he knows how to tap the baser instincts of mankind. His second film, Your Friends and Neighbors, continues in the same spirit, showing the depths of … Continue reading

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