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1998 Stories by Michael Sragow

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  • The Greatest Story Never Told

    published December 24, 1998

    DreamWorks' grandiose attempt at an animated feature for adults is a flimsy musical about Moses--a Sunday-school filmstrip writ ultra-large and... More >>

  • As Bad as It Gets

    published December 3, 1998

    In the rancid nightmare farce called Very Bad Things, Peter Berg, in his movie writing-directing debut, creates characters that you immediately... More >>

  • Making a Mountain Out of an Anthill

    published November 26, 1998

    Surprise and pleasure come wrapped together in A Bug's Life. This big adventure about tiny critters is the latest piece of robust whimsy from... More >>

  • But Not Out of Mind

    published July 2, 1998

    Too many post-Woody Allen movies have been made about "sex in the head." The smart, engaging Out of Sight is an action comedy about love in the... More >>

  • This Tomboy's Life

    published June 18, 1998

    It's Christmas vacation, 1958. The movie my dad has chosen for a first-grade pal and me to see is the new Disney live-action adventure Tonka,... More >>

  • The Larry David Show

    published May 14, 1998

    Not since the death of Diana has there been a pop phenomenon as cataclysmic as the demise of Seinfeld. The surrounding hoopla has reached such... More >>

  • Biting The Big One

    published April 16, 1998

    If nothing else, the current edition of Michael Moore's continuing self-love fest does have a great subject: the desperation hidden inside a... More >>

  • Brown and White

    published April 2, 1998

    Lovers of American movies used to joke that foreign films wouldn't look so good if you saw them without subtitles. John Sayles's latest movie, Men... More >>

  • Venus Envy

    published March 5, 1998

    The new film Dangerous Beauty presents a sixteenth-century Venice filled with statesmen who hop from bed to bed without fear of "bimbo eruptions."... More >>

  • Bosnia in Your Face

    published February 26, 1998

    In his 1993 book Sarajevo: A War Journal, the Bosnian journalist Zlatko Dizdarevic reported on an eleven-year-old who was waiting in line for... More >>

  • Something's Missing

    published February 12, 1998

    In these paradox-ridden times, producers on the hunt for cutting-edge fantasies look back: They visit their boyhood or girlhood rooms and ransack... More >>

  • Heart of Glass

    published February 5, 1998

    Set in nineteenth-century Australia, this tale of two gamblers--Oscar, a failed minister, and Lucinda, a glass-works owner--is too wispy to be an... More >>

  • The Albanian Candidate

    published January 1, 1998

    When was the last time the audience applauded a trailer and the movie lived up to it? Independence Day enticed millions with its preview shot of... More >>

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