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  • All Choked Up

    published December 25, 1997

    The millions of working stiffs who fork over their hard-earned dollars for tickets to football, baseball, hockey and (in some cities) real, live... More >>

  • Saint Quentin

    published December 25, 1997

    For a high-school dropout with a bad temper, Quentin Tarantino has done pretty well for himself. Let's see. In five years he's grown into an... More >>

  • Culture Crash

    published December 25, 1997

    Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter is about grief and the search for grace and the frail relationships between parents and children. It's a... More >>

  • The Toast of Greeley

    published December 18, 1997

    To get a feel for this thing--for the magnitude--imagine that your Denver Broncos were to win consecutive playoff games against Pittsburgh, New... More >>

  • That Sinking Feeling

    published December 18, 1997

    When the Titanic, the grandest ocean liner of her day, struck an iceberg on the night of April 14, 1912, and sank to the bottom of the dead-calm,... More >>

  • Captivating

    published December 18, 1997

    It's a tough act to follow, sweeping the Oscars with a hallowed epic about a redeemed Nazi who saves doomed Jews from the ovens. But Steven... More >>

  • Is There Life After Mike?

    published December 11, 1997

    If we can believe Lawrence Funderburke, the Sacramento Kings' resident apocalyptician, the world is coming to an end in the next five or six... More >>

  • The Left Hand of Godard

    published December 11, 1997

    It's been forty years since the New Wave came crashing down on the placid shore of traditional French filmmaking, but to the faithful, it was only... More >>

  • Oklahoma Gothic

    published December 11, 1997

    The religious and philosophical underpinnings of Tim Blake Nelson's Eye of God get pretty weighty and mighty dense in places--especially for an... More >>

  • Warning: Autoerotic Content

    published December 4, 1997

    Before we get into our discussion of the McLaren F1--the fastest, most expensive and least air-conditioned street-legal car in the history of... More >>

  • Dying for a Career

    published December 4, 1997

    The bizarre documentary Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist asks us to believe that the late Mr. Flanagan, who regularly... More >>

  • A Little Light on the Darkness

    published December 4, 1997

    In Kiss or Kill, the migration of Hollywood's old drama of lovers on the lam to the Australian countryside seems to be a mixed blessing. Nikki and... More >>

  • Wayne's World

    published November 27, 1997

    Heard the one about the rich car dealer who goes out and blows 89 million bucks on high-priced hookers? Well, needless to say, he has a... More >>

  • Spring Fever

    published November 27, 1997

    In Flubber, Disney's new and improved version of The Absent Minded Professor, that famously bouncy green goop is still powering cars through the... More >>

  • Clint Goes South

    published November 27, 1997

    Clint Eastwood has reached the stage of life when he can sit down at the piano and doodle jazzy riffs whenever he feels like it. Without fear of... More >>

  • Board and Restless

    published November 20, 1997

    Andy MacKenzie, lean, blond and 23, goes back a long way. At 17 he was a fearless Vermonter ripping down the double-black-diamond steeps of Mount... More >>

  • Killing the Killer

    published November 20, 1997

    When last we glimpsed the ruthless international assassin known as the Jackal, 24 years ago, he was a dead ringer for the suave British actor... More >>

  • Just Plain Bill

    published November 20, 1997

    Even in the best of his movies, like that clever play on deja vu, Groundhog Day, Bill Murray never quite escapes the role of sketch artist--a... More >>

  • Rox in His Head?

    published November 13, 1997

    Let's hear it for Don Baylor. The Rockies skipper has signed up for another two years' worth of 15-13 games at Coors Field. He's ready to endure... More >>

  • A Subhuman Bean

    published November 13, 1997

    For those of us living here in the Colonies, British slapstick has always been an acquired taste, and the Mother Country's ever-so-popular TV... More >>

  • Love at First Slight

    published November 13, 1997

    The rebellious heroines of Deepa Mehta's Fire have gotten viewers in the filmmaker's native India a lot more worked up than Thelma and Louise ever... More >>

  • Buried Memories

    published November 6, 1997

    Don't worry about a thing, Oklahoma. That 69-7 thumping Dr. Tom's hard-running Cornhuskers laid on you Saturday afternoon was child's play. Don't... More >>

  • You're So Vain

    published November 6, 1997

    The Joe Eszterhas who wrote the screenplay for Telling Lies in America is a kinder, gentler soul than the hard-nosed hipster who got a couple... More >>

  • Living Proof

    published November 6, 1997

    The quirky documentarian Errol Morris finds human drama in strange places. His most renowned film, 1988's The Thin Blue Line, made such a... More >>

  • The 50,000-Yard Man

    published October 30, 1997

    To hear the assorted hairdos on the boob tube tell it, you would have thought getting the Broncos onto that snowbound plane to balmy Buffalo... More >>

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