Monthly Archives: January 1999

Message in a Bottle - * * 1/2*

Is it possible for someone to love too much? Is being overly romantic a severe character flaw? Those are a few questions posed by Message in a Bottle, an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ romantic novel. It is schlocky and disposable … Continue reading

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She’s All That - * * 1/2*

The teen comedy traditionally comes in two flavors: cynical or saccharine. She’s All That is a film of the latter variety. It’s simple, straightforward and ultimately pleasing. Zack Siler (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) has it made. He’s the class president, the … Continue reading

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Gloria - * *

Gloria is a remake of the 1980 John Cassavettes drama about a streetwise woman who ends up protecting a child from the mob. A good lead performance keeps this otherwise sluggish film from becoming a disaster, but it’s a mild … Continue reading

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Virus - 1/2*

You always have to be careful with the initial releases of any calendar year. January is a traditional dumping ground in which the studios release films that they don’t believe are good enough to even merit a shot at getting … Continue reading

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In Dreams - * 1/2*

Director Neil Jordan takes a gamble and fails with his latest movie, In Dreams. He assembles a talented cast, and combines it with some superb camera work. But then he applies these paints to a fragmented and nonsensical story. Can … Continue reading

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At First Sight - * * 1/2*

Oliver Sacks’ story To See and Not See, a true account regarding restoring sight to the blind must have seemed like the perfect idea for a movie. Not only does an actor get to stretch his chops as a blind … Continue reading

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Varsity Blues - * *

The high pressure world of high school football is the subject of Varsity Blues, a comedy with the ambition to be a drama, but without the necessary substance. The story takes place in the small town of West Canaan, Texas, … Continue reading

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The Best of 1998

Well, it’s that time again…time to reflect on the year gone by, and to celebrate the best of 1998. Here are my picks for the best movies and performances of the past year: BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Runner Up – Nigel … Continue reading

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