Category Archives: 1998

American History X - * * * 1/2*

American History X is a powerful examination of the destructive allure of racism and hatred. Boistered by some impressive performances, paints a vivid picture of how mindless hatred can tear society, and an individual family, apart. Derek Vinyard (Edward Norton) … Continue reading

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Orgazmo - *

Orgazmo is a movie that feels like one of those “before they were famous” photos. Made by the creators of South Park, before that show ever hit the air, this spoof of “adult” films and kung-fu movies shows some comic … Continue reading

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Life is Beautiful - * * * *

Life is Beautiful is a rare treat: a lighthearted comedy that tackles a very serious subject without committing the sins of being disrespectful, or, even worse, humorless. It combines a charming romance with a dash of farce, stirs in a … Continue reading

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Soldier - [No Tickets]

What’s that smell? Why, it’s Soldier, an insipid science fiction action yarn that makes you long for the realism of Pigs in Space. Right now, under our very noses, if you believe the timeline the film gives us, an elite … Continue reading

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Pleasantville - * * 1/2*

Pleasantville is, of all things, a pleasant little film. It asks the question, what would the world be like if everything was perfect? And then it uses that, not only as a launchpad for social commentary on contemporary values, but … Continue reading

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Apt Pupil - * * * 1/2*

Apt Pupil is a very disturbing movie. This cerebral thriller is very much a monster movie. But, rather than the monsters being some outlandishly implausible creature from the fringes of science fiction, they are taken from the pages of history, … Continue reading

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Happiness - * *

Don’t be fooled by the title. There is happiness in Todd Solondz’ latest film, but it’s not exactly what you would expect. The film explores several unhappy (and, in some cases, extremely dysfunctional) people in their quest to find “happiness”, … Continue reading

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Practical Magic - * * 1/2*

Based on Alice Hoffman’s novel, Practical Magic is a partially enchanting film about the lives and loves of a family of witches. The film is never as magical as it needs to be, and it is harmed by some overly … Continue reading

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Bride of Chucky - * 1/2*

After a seven-year absence, Chucky, the killer doll, has returned. Yes, Chucky has been shot, stabbed, incinerated, melted, and chopped into teeny-tiny bits, but each time he comes back. The world probably doesn’t need another Child’s Play sequel…but, if it … Continue reading

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Beloved - * * * 1/2*

The movie Beloved is rather like it’s title character: unusual, disorienting and not quite what you’d expect. However, that’s not to say that the film isn’t good (which it is), but rather that it’s a difficult beast to classify. It’s … Continue reading

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