U-Turn – Review

September 1, 1998

Many great camera angles, loads of props to nod knowingly to yourself over, and a story line that, when all is said and done, amounts to squat.

The Man Who Knew Too Little – Review

September 1, 1998

Wallace trips apologetically through violence, passion, and intrigue, flubs his lines a showdown and asks to reshoot, and never takes a bit of it seriously.

Scream 2 – Review

September 1, 1998

“An encyclopedic knowledge of premium-cable history and the ability to make up new slang words simply aren’t enough to maintain success in Hollywood anymore.”

Mortal Kombat – Annihilation – Review

September 1, 1998

Throbbing music plays loud & steady. Most of the bad, um, things have extra arms, heads, legs, or stuff that makes things freeze, blow up, and other cool shit.

In & Out – Review

September 1, 1998

As the characters come to terms with Howard’s gayness, the pace picks up and funny turns hilarious. Rewind the “moment of truth” and laugh yourself stupid.

Grease – Review

September 1, 1998

America has always been nostalgic about the 1950s. There was American Graffiti, Happy Days, and perhaps the quintessential ’50s epic, Grease.

Boogie Nights – Review

September 1, 1998

Boogie Nights is, on the whole, an assiduously ardent portrayal of the rise to prominence and penetration into the mainstream of pornographic film in the 1970s.

An American Werewolf in Paris – Review

September 1, 1998

London was goofy and quirky and seemed unselfconscious, Paris is intentionally funny, and while it elicits chuckles and snorts, they’re resented in retrospect.

187 – Review

September 1, 1998

Gangs rule the schools, intimidation is the only way to maintain respect, and the administration is more concerned with lawsuits than education.

Wait Until Dark – Review

September 1, 1998

So, how did Marisa Tomei compare to Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, who played the famous blind character in the film versions? Quite well.

Some Nudity Required – Review

September 1, 1998

Enthralling (and occasionally repellent) glimpses of the personalities that drift into exploitation’s orbit, presented with a refreshing lack of judgmentalism.

The Game – Review

April 1, 1998

A subgenre of films has popped up recently, trading on our knowledge of movie conventions and genre clichés, but even that subgenre’s starting to grow stale.

Hoodlum – Review

April 1, 1998

A powerful film and historical drama. For those who watch Dave Letterman and The Daily Show for our news, we need films like this, Casino, and Rage in Harlem.

Excess Baggage – Review

April 1, 1998

Too slow to be an action movie, too under-developed to be a love story. It milks every plot devise it can, and invents more when the well runs dry.

A Life Less Ordinary – Review

April 1, 1998

People watch stupid flicks like this drunk or baked after a long day trying not to draw attention to themselves at jobs they don’t care about enough to hate.

8 Heads in a Duffel Bag – Review

April 1, 1998

The scenes with mobster Joe Pesci tormenting frat boys David Spade and Todd Louiso to make them talk are the best in the movie. Appreciate them while they last.

Two Girls and a Guy – Review

April 1, 1998

We know Downey’s character is an actor who sings and plays the piano, he’s a mama’s boy, and that he’s a big time liar. But what do we know about the women?

Spice World – Review

April 1, 1998

Spiceworld’s few chuckle-evoking snippets are delivered by the supporting actors. Stephen Fry, Roger Moore, and Meatloaf drop some decent lines.

The Edge – Review

March 1, 1998

The Edge doesn’t go nuts with action, as it easily could, nor does it plunge into brains-over-brawn.

Nine Inch Nails : Closure – Review

March 1, 1998

The relentless barrage of bleak symbolism and stylized squalor can get a tad wearying in a single sitting, but you’re unlikely to find better all in one place.

Mimic – Review

March 1, 1998

Everyone crawls around dark subway shafts with clacking, seven-foot (vertical) cockroaches lurking behind every door. And wow are they scary.

Spawn – Review

March 1, 1998

Amazing art, creative layout, and juvenile storylines. It’s about love. It’s about good vs. evil. It’s all been done before, and far better at that.

Contact – Review

March 1, 1998

Contact gets as far as Christian-style faith issues and pushy American decision-making. Human evolution is clogged by red tape and archaic mindsets. Typical.

Conspiracy Theory – Review

March 1, 1998

Paranoia and puppy love mix about as well as oil and water. Same with wacky, over-verbal, giddiness and Bondian spy-guy action.

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