Category Archives: 1997

Titanic - * * * *

James Cameron unveils the most expensive movie ever made, and it is an absolutely brilliant piece of work. The movie opens in present day, and the story of the Titanic is told in flashback. The film starts with a treasure … Continue reading

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Mouse Hunt - * 1/2*

Mousehunt is an attempt to create a live-action cartoon, in the vein of the Wile E. Coyote-Roadrunner series. Surprisingly, the film works very well when that is all it tries to be. However, when in it’s less animated moments, the … Continue reading

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The Apostle - * * 1/2*

The Apostle is Robert Duvall’s first attempt at writing and directing, and it shows. He gives a powerful performance with a memorable character, but perhaps a little distance from his work might have made a better movie. Texas-born Euliss “Sonny” … Continue reading

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As Good As It Gets - * * * 1/2*

It is interesting that perhaps some of the best cinematic characters are people we’d never want to know in real life. This is a film about one of them…one of the most abrasive people ever. Yet, when someone else is … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Harry - * 1/2*

Sex, guns, drugs, murder, dead bodies in cars, hookers, a non-linear storyline, lots of jump-cuts, pop cultural references and profanity. Sounds like a recent release from the latest Tarantino-wannabe, right? So what’s all this doing in a Woody Allen movie? … Continue reading

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Scream 2 - * * 1/2*

There’s a scene in Scream 2 in which several film students are debating the merits of sequels. They claim that it is the rare sequel which surpasses its original. Scream 2 certainly does. The action again focuses on Sidney Prescott … Continue reading

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Home Alone 3 - *

Well, they’ve managed to squeeze a second sequel out of the slightly humorous but monotonous Home Alone. I, for one, was hoping the series would die a peaceful death after Home Alone 2. Heck, Macaulay Culkin was almost sporting stubble … Continue reading

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For Richer or Poorer - * 1/2*

Pity the Amish. Revered in The Witness, their Hollywood experience has been nothing but downhill since. Last year’s Kingpin hit new lows. The new comedy, For Richer or Poorer, treats them a bit more reverently, but you can’t help to … Continue reading

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Amistad - * * *

Let the world take note: Steven Spielberg has returned to the arena of “important filmmaking”. However, considering his last “important” film was the masterful Schindler’s List, he’s got a lot to live up to. And although he tackles an appropriately … Continue reading

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Hugo Pool - *

Robert Downey Sr directs this overly self-consciously “wacky” day-in-the-life comedy. Unfortunately, even with plenty of talent attached, the film goes nowhere. Hugo Dugay (Alyssa Milano) runs a pool cleaning company in Beverly Hills. The film follows her on a day … Continue reading

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