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  • Brains Into Mush

    published December 25, 1997

    The new Gus Van Sant film Good Will Hunting is like an adolescent's fantasy of being tougher and smarter and more misunderstood than anybody else.... More >>

  • Send in the Clones

    published November 27, 1997

    You can't exactly call Alien Resurrection a pleasurable experience, but, then again, you wouldn't say that about its predecessors, either.... More >>

  • Bad Medicine

    published November 20, 1997

    A glance at the cast list for the new Sidney Lumet hospital drama Critical Care might lead you to expect an embarrassment of riches. Instead, the... More >>

  • Future Shock Troops

    published November 6, 1997

    In Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers, based on the late Robert Heinlein's 1959 sci-fi opus, the killer arachnids upstage the humans. Not that... More >>

  • Cliche Spotting

    published October 23, 1997

    Stylishness without substance can become wearying real fast. Twenty minutes into A Life Less Ordinary, the new movie from the... More >>

  • Rocks in Its Head

    published October 9, 1997

    Seven Years in Tibet feels more like Seven Days in the Movie Theater. It refuses to come to life--not even when Brad Pitt, as hirsute as a yak,... More >>

  • Bomb Squad

    published September 25, 1997

    The Peacemaker is the first feature from DreamWorks, the studio headed by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. It stars George... More >>

  • Dark Victory

    published September 18, 1997

    The 1950s-era Los Angeles of L.A. Confidential is Noir Central. Its denizens are tattooed in shadow; the play of light and dark in the streets,... More >>

  • Losing It

    published September 11, 1997

    The Game is a puzzle picture, and beyond its premise, there isn't much you can divulge without giving the show away. I'm not one of those critics... More >>

  • Gabby Haze

    published August 28, 1997

    If you're nostalgic for the cockeyed let-it-all-out gabfests of the late John Cassavetes, She's So Lovely will seem like dejà vu all over... More >>

  • Bad Cop, Bad Cop

    published August 14, 1997

    The cops in Cop Land carry on like a bunch of goombahs. On the take from the Mob, they mimic the Mob. The fuzzy line dividing cops and crooks is... More >>

  • Hell to the Chief

    published July 24, 1997

    Not satisfied with the president you have? Here's Harrison Ford's James Marshall in Air Force One--Vietnam War hero, straight as a ramrod, devoted... More >>

  • The Outer Limits

    published July 3, 1997

    The special effects in the sci-fi comedy Men in Black are an orgy of animatronics, mechanical effects, practical effects, miniatures, computer... More >>

  • Batman Loses One

    published June 19, 1997

    Bring earplugs to Batman & Robin. A pair of noseplugs wouldn't hurt, either. The fourth installment in the Batman franchise is one long... More >>

  • Reelin' in the Summer

    published May 29, 1997

    Here are the Joys of Summer...and the Oys of Summer, the nearly 100 movies scheduled to open between now and the end of August. Many of them may... More >>

  • Another Spielberg Monster

    published May 22, 1997

    The appearance of The Lost World: Jurassic Park carries a double burden. Not only is it the sequel to the most popular movie ever made but it is... More >>

  • Hello, Fodder

    published May 15, 1997

    Gummy with heartfelt folderol and overbearingly chummy, Fathers' Day comes across like a feature-length expansion of its sniffle-and-giggle... More >>

  • Star Whores

    published May 8, 1997

    In The Fifth Element, the all-knowing, all-powerful Supreme Being of the Universe turns out to be Leeloo (Milla Jovovich), an orange-haired babe... More >>

  • Why Spy?

    published May 1, 1997

    If you're hankering to see a movie that sends up swinging '60s London and Carnaby Street and vintage James Bond movies, don't bother to check out... More >>

  • Magma Force

    published April 24, 1997

    Volcano is set in Los Angeles, and audiences get high watching the city crash and burn. For L.A. haters, Volcano could prove a peak experience.... More >>

  • It's a Hit, Man

    published April 10, 1997

    There are way too many movies about hit men, but that shouldn't dissuade you from seeing Grosse Pointe Blank. It's not quite like any other... More >>

  • Form Follows Dysfunction

    published April 3, 1997

    On its surface, The Daytrippers probably seems like your generic '90s American independent let's-get-our-friends-together-and-make-a-movie movie.... More >>

  • Canonizing Kilmer

    published April 3, 1997

    When Val Kilmer walked away from the Batman franchise, it was only a matter of time before he offered up his own competing brand. The Saint isn't... More >>

  • Erin Go Blah

    published March 27, 1997

    In The Devil's Own, Brad Pitt plays Frankie McGuire, an Irish Republican Army gunman with 24 kills to his credit--13 British soldiers and 11... More >>

  • Room for Rant

    published March 20, 1997

    The new Richard Linklater film, subUrbia, adapted by Eric Bogosian from his 1994 play, opens with a long, unbroken tracking shot through a... More >>

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