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  • Avs and Have-Nots: The Year in Review

    published December 26, 1996

    Above all, 1996 was the year Denver wore the Scarlet Letter--that big red "A" at once symbolizing the city's first professional sports... More >>

  • Agony and Ivory

    published December 26, 1996

    The schizophrenic concert pianist in Scott Hicks's Shine combines all the qualities that makers of a "major motion picture" about a tormented... More >>

  • Wings Over Iowa

    published December 26, 1996

    After playing a lovable gangster who becomes an instant Hollywood celebrity (in Get Shorty) and a lovable auto mechanic who becomes an instant... More >>

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    published December 26, 1996

    Best Ten of 1996 1. Big Night. Art vs. commerce, sibling rivalry and great Italian food at the Jersey shore in the Fifties. 2.... More >>

  • Robinson U.

    published December 19, 1996

    Here's to you, Mister Robinson. Down in Ruston, Louisiana, the administration of Grambling State University and the same contingent of... More >>

  • Without a Parent Motive

    published December 19, 1996

    Michael Hoffman's One Fine Day is a fantasy about family values with an awful case of high blood pressure. Starring Michelle Pfeiffer as a... More >>

  • The Strumpet Blares

    published December 19, 1996

    In the 43 years since The Crucible first saw a footlight, Arthur Miller has steadfastly maintained that his dramatic condemnation of the Salem... More >>

  • Where Cheeseheads Meet

    published December 12, 1996

    Just like that, Bill Musgrave is crushed in the backfield by a blitzing linebacker and the fans erupt in joy. Tom Rouen scuffs a punt toward the... More >>

  • Offal Office

    published December 12, 1996

    If it does nothing else, the election-year comedy My Fellow Americans will probably remind us that most citizens now regard their political... More >>

  • Down the Tubes

    published December 12, 1996

    Yo, Adrian. Think the Italian Stallion was in tough when he duked it out with Apollo Creed, Mr. T and that huge Russian? Figure Rambo had his... More >>

  • The Fat Lady Is Singing

    published December 5, 1996

    If you haven't been to a Denver Nuggets game this season--and there's no reason to go unless the warden's offering a choice between that and... More >>

  • Clouds Over Europe

    published December 5, 1996

    Kurt Vonnegut's strengths as a novelist are his rare, dark humor, which can be as bracing as cognac, and his gift for shifting gears from tragedy... More >>

  • Fun and Gamesmanship

    published December 5, 1996

    Two centuries before zillionaire NBA players started talking trash, before Don Rickles ambushed his first tipsy Vegas ringsider, before Dorothy... More >>

  • Vroom Service

    published November 28, 1996

    Shopping for a used car? Don't want to put up with the usual hassles? Curtis Mannisto is your man. Curtis doesn't bend the truth, and he never... More >>

  • Boys' Town

    published November 28, 1996

    The recession atmosphere of Alan Taylor's Palookaville is littered with mongrel dogs, old junker cars and busted dreams. Stubborn layers of grime... More >>

  • Barely Abel

    published November 28, 1996

    Bad-boy director Abel Ferrara loves to shock the squares. In his notorious slice of New York street life, Bad Lieutenant, he had corrupt cop... More >>

  • A Bout of Fraud

    published November 21, 1996

    Is it too soon to speculate that Evander Holyfield's eleventh-round TKO of Mike Tyson on November 9 was an outright fix? Nah. Probably not.... More >>

  • Love Among the Dunes

    published November 21, 1996

    Any filmmaker bold enough to set a romantic epic in the middle of the Sahara with war guns booming in the distance runs a pretty big risk--aside... More >>

  • Bugging Out

    published November 21, 1996

    Assorted ecologists, armchair philosophers and meddlers have been wringing their hands in recent years over the nature of nature documentaries.... More >>

  • No Balls, Maybe a Strike

    published November 14, 1996

    If you can come up with one good reason why Bud Selig shouldn't be publicly drawn and quartered and his parts scattered from Fond du Lac to... More >>

  • Wearing It Well

    published November 14, 1996

    The fussiest Shakespeare buff should find little to fault in Trevor Nunn's gorgeous and playful adaptation of Twelfth Night. The most popular and... More >>

  • Drawn by a Magnate

    published November 14, 1996

    Ron Howard, the child actor turned movie director, has grossed a billion dollars exalting firemen and astronauts. There's no surprise in that: A... More >>

  • A Crush on Orange

    published November 7, 1996

    It ain't no bandwagon. Ralph and Jimmy Garcia remember the day the Broncos got rid of their vertical striped socks in a public burning at training... More >>

  • Whistling Dixie

    published November 7, 1996

    There are some pretty good reasons why it took 44 years for Truman Capote's coming-of-age novel The Grass Harp to make its way to the movies.... More >>

  • Actor's Blab

    published November 7, 1996

    Moviemakers are on one of their periodic Shakespeare binges, which is always good for the English language, if not necessarily for the advancement... More >>

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