Monthly Archives: June 1999

Wild Wild West - * 1/2*

Ah, the Old West…a time filled with dusty gunslingers, dirty scoundrels, rocket powered bicycles, and giant mechanical machines of destruction. Something is wrong here. That something is the remake of the television series, The Wild Wild West (newly rechristened without … Continue reading

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South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut - * * *

It was inevitible that the cable cartoon hit South Park would eventually worm its way into theaters. A show stifled even by the minimal censorship of cable TV, South Park was begging for the freedom to be as crude and … Continue reading

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Big Daddy - * 1/2*

Adam Sandler movies have typically been an acquired taste. However, starting with The Wedding Singer, he has been trying to broaden his appeal. Big Daddy is another film where he attempts to tone down his schtick and widen his audience. … Continue reading

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An Ideal Husband - * * * 1/2*

A delightful adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play, An Ideal Husband can describe both a potential and a myth. With wonderful use of wordplay, thoroughly enjoyable characters, and one singularly outstanding performance, this period comedy ranks as one of the best … Continue reading

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The General’s Daughter - * *

The hallmarks of a good mystery are an intriguing setup, and an array of unexpected twists. The General’s Daughter does wonderfully with the former, but stumbles a bit around the twists. They’re unexpected, all right, and there are plenty of … Continue reading

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Tarzan - * * *

After their success with the spoofy George of the Jungle, it seems odd that Disney would focus on the legend of Tarzan for their latest animated feature. Still, the Edgar Rice Burroughs story is a classic, with plenty of good … Continue reading

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The Red Violin - * * *

Samuel L. Jackson and Greta Scacchi are two owners of a red violin in this drama which traces the instrument through the centuries. Carlo Cecchi, Jean-Luc Bideau, Sylvia Chang, Colm Feore, Jason Flemyng, Irene Grazioli, Christoph Koncz, Don McKellar, Monique … Continue reading

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Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me - * *

Sequels tend to appear in two distinct varieties. The rarest, yet most satisfying, are those which attempt to continue the action of the original, taking the characters and themes from the first and developing them in new and interesting ways. … Continue reading

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Limbo - * * *

John Sayles directs this Alaskan drama. A fisherman (David Strathairn) is traumatized by an accident at sea. Years later, in his Alaskan hometown, he falls for a lounge singer (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio)…but encounters trouble when his brother (Casey Siemaszko) returns … Continue reading

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Buena Vista Social Club - * * 1/2*

Wim Wenders directs this documentary about the Cuban jazz scene. Capsule Review: A light documentary, where all of the aging musicians have interesting stories to tell. It’s the music, though, that you’ll remember.

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