Tag Archives: Matthew McConaughey

U-571 - * 1/2*

Jonathan Mostow directs this WWII-set action thriller about a U.S. attempt to steal a top-secret encryption device hidden aboard a U-Boat. Matthew McConaughey will play the Navy captain sent on the mission. Bill Paxton, Jake Weber, Harvey Keitel, Jon Bon … Continue reading

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EDtv - * * *

Instant fame is a dream of many, but at what cost does it come? Director Ron Howard’s latest film, Ed TV, takes a critical look at the price of celebrity. This comedy doesn’t pack as hefty a punch as it … Continue reading

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The Newton Boys - * * 1/2*

Richard Linklater, notorious for his modern day Generation X films, strikes off in new territory in The Newton Boys, a period drama detailing the true-life exploits of the most successful gang of bank robbers in United States history. The mastermind … 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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Contact - * * * *

It has been awhile since Hollywood has delivered a serious science fiction drama. Most recent forays into SF tend to gravitate toward comedy (i.e. Men in Black, The Fifth Element), or action/thrillers (i.e. The Lost World, Face/Off). In addition, there … Continue reading

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Larger Than Life - * *

This elephant road comedy actually has a few good moments. Bill Murray is a self-absorbed motivational speaker. When his long lost father dies, he travels to the East Coast to claim his inheritance, only to discover that his father was … Continue reading

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A Time to Kill - * * * 1/2*

A Time to Kill is an outstanding courtroom drama, and easily the best adaptation of one of John Grisham’s legal thrillers. Samuel L. Jackson stars as Carl Lee Hailey, a black lumberyard worker in Clanton, Mississippi, whose little girl is … Continue reading

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Lone Star - * * * 1/2*

John Sayles directs this complex and finely detailed drama about a Texas border town and the people who live there. The film opens with the discovery of a skeleton in the desert, which may be the 40 year old remains … Continue reading

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