Author Archives: Madeleine Williams

Here On Earth - *

Mark Piznarski directs this romantic drama about two teens in love (including Leelee Sobieski), one of whom has a terminal disease. Annette O’Toole will play Sobieski’s mother. Josh Hartnett, Bruce Greenwood, Chris Klein and Michael Rooker also star. Scripted by … Continue reading

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Romeo Must Die - * 1/2*

Jet Li stars in this very loose adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, involving the Chinese and African-American mobs in LA. Jet Li comes to American to avenge his slain brother, and teams with the daughter (Aaliyah) of his family’s rival … Continue reading

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Final Destination - * *

James Wong directs this thriller in which a group of students, following one student’s (Devon Sawa) premonition, avoid an air crash. But then they mysteriously begin to die, one by one. Ali Larter will play Sawa’s girlfriend, who teams with … Continue reading

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Erin Brockovich - * * * 1/2*

Ten years after Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts is still going strong. Erin Brockovich, her latest film, happens to be one of her best, providing her with a powerful role, and pleasing the audience with a deeply moving film. The title … Continue reading

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The Ninth Gate - * 1/2*

Roman Polanski writes and directs this thriller set in the world of rare books. An expert in the field (Johnny Depp) gets entwined in a supernatural conspiracy while tracking down the two remaining copies of a demonic text. Based on … Continue reading

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Mission to Mars - *

An action adventure about the first two missions to Mars. The first ends in disaster, and the second (led by Tim Robbins) is sent to rescue any possible survivors. Gary Sinise, Jerry O’Connell, Connie Nielsen and Don Cheadle will play … Continue reading

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The Next Best Thing - * 1/2*

Madonna plays a single woman who has a baby with her gay best friend (Rupert Everett). Five years later, when she moves on to other romances, a nasty custody battle ensues. Suzanne Krull, Benjamin Bratt, Illeana Douglas, Stacy Edwards, Josef … Continue reading

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Drowning Mona - 1/2*

Nick Gomez directs this darkly comic mystery about the murder of a small town matriarch. Bette Midler, Danny DeVito, Neve Campbell, Casey Affleck, Peter Dobson, William Fichtner, Marcus Thomas and Jamie Lee Curtis star. Capsule Review: What was the cast … Continue reading

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What Planet Are You From? - * * 1/2*

Mike Nichols directs this adult comedy about an alien (Gary Shandling) sent to Earth to procreate. Unfortunately, he lacks the right “equipment”. John Goodman, Annette Bening, Camryn Manheim, Greg Kinnear, Ben Kingsley, Linda Fiorentino, Nora Dunn and Judy Greer will … Continue reading

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Reindeer Games - * *

John Frankenheimer directs this thriller in which an ex-con (Ben Affleck) is set up by his former cellmate (Gary Sinise) to rob a casino. Charlize Theron, Dennis Farina, James Frain, Donal Logue, Ashton Kutcher, Isaac Hayes, Danny Trejo and Clarence … Continue reading

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