Tag Archives: William H. Macy

Magnolia - * * * 1/2*

Exodus 8:2 – And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs Paul Thomas Anderson, director of such films as Hard Eight, and Boogie Nights, examines the accidental intersections of life in … Continue reading

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Mystery Men - * * *

Do we really need a superhero spoof? The last two Batman films were comic enough, and the filmic landscape is littered with the likes of Blankman and Meteor Man. Yet, with sharp writing and a fine cast, Mystery Men confidently … Continue reading

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A Civil Action - * * *

Not your typical legal drama, A Civil Action eschews grandiose cinematic gestures in favor of a slightly more grounded (and definitely more cynical) interpretation of the legal process. It provides an always interesting, and sometimes fascinating, glimpse inside the workings … Continue reading

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Psycho - * *

I’ll admit it up front. I’ve never considered the original Psycho to be one of Hitchcock’s best films. Although a good film, it should be celebrated more for its groundbreaking elements than for its quality. That leads us to what … 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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Wag the Dog - * * * 1/2*

Director Barry Levinson has crafted a wickedly funny political satire, that, while consistently tickling your funny bone, rings astoundingly true. The President of the United States has a problem. The election is only a few days away, and a devastating … Continue reading

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Boogie Nights - * * * 1/2*

Director Paul Thomas Anderson has created a sweeping saga of an unlikely subject: the adult film industry. Technically brilliant, and with good acting, Boogie nights is a very good, but not great, film. The film follows the meteoric rise and … Continue reading

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Ghosts of Mississippi - * *

Rob Reiner’s latest film takes the tragedy of the murder of Medgar Evers and turns it into a watered down Grishamesque southern lawyer story. In very quick opening scenes, we learn that the racist Byron De La Beckwith (James Woods) … Continue reading

Posted in 1996, Movie Reviews | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fargo - * * * 1/2*

Fargo is the latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen, and their most realistic, if not quite their best. William H. Macy is a used car salesman in Minneapolis. When he is overwhelmed by debt, he hatches a scheme to … Continue reading

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