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Film: Boyz N the Wood

A new generation of film talent overturns gangsta stereotypes with a positive drama about the black middle class

0 Comments · Thursday, July 15, 1999
Nigger. It's a word that's become more taboo than the rankest obscenity. It's one of the few words that still can draw audible gasps from a crowd. Oddly, it's the more libertarian circles who  

Film: Popcorn Fiction

Why Hollywood makes good movies out of bad books

0 Comments · Thursday, July 8, 1999
Around the turn of the century, a European bookseller hit upon the idea of ordering only the first volume of Tolstoy's War and Peace. Shrewdly anticipating attention deficit disorder before it h  

Film: Comic Relief

Rob Schneider and Joey Lauren Adams strike it 'Big' on the coattails of Adam Sandler

0 Comments · Thursday, June 24, 1999
Hollywood is not always what it seems. The media, which thrives on excess as much as the entertainment industry itself, capitalizes on two basic scenarios. First, there's a celebrity's triumph  

Film: The Ghosts of Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Willis

A season of blockbusters without the action-boys of summer

0 Comments · Thursday, June 3, 1999
Note from the pundits: Macho is still out. There have been wispy rumors that old strongmen are coming back. But as far as we're concerned for right now -- and in American cinema especially -- the  

Film: Scream Teens

'Idle Hands' follows Hollywood's recipe of the moment: laughs, horror and young faces

0 Comments · Thursday, April 29, 1999
"He's laughing his ass off." That's the response Devon Sawa, star of the horror comedy Idle Hands, gave when asked if Satan might feel slighted when he finds out human filmmakers are personif  

Film: Apocalypse Never

'The Matrix' confirms Hollywood's fear of the millennium

0 Comments · Thursday, April 22, 1999
One thousand years ago, preachers throughout Europe clamored, predicting the end of the world. The first millennium following the birth of Christ seemed like a nice round number for the prophesied  

Film: Gold Rush

The hype is over, Whoopi is silent and the little gold guys have all been handed out -- a recap of 1999's Oscars

0 Comments · Thursday, March 25, 1999
Many people regard the Oscars a bit like Washington, D.C. Just another corrupt institution. Mildly amusing, but not to be taken seriously. If the Oscars are boring, they only have themselves to bl  

Film: The Young and the Restless

Sarah Michelle Gellar and her 'Cruel Intentions' peers seek adult credibility

0 Comments · Thursday, March 4, 1999
"I hate these because the only place to sign is on my boobs," says Sarah Michelle Gellar, laughing as she puts her pen to a poster for the benefit of a grinning fan. Newly bronzed from a recen  

Film: War: What Else Is It Good For?

'Private Ryan' and 'Thin Red Line' stand apart from previous films

0 Comments · Thursday, February 4, 1999
I've never been entirely comfortable discussing war movies, especially in terms of "accuracy" and "justice." The reason is simple: I've never been anywhere near a battlefield. Warfare is a h