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Shattered Mirrors [2]
Flying saucers, TV tyrants, Disney spy satellites -- this is Craig Baldwin's America.
Fistful of Freaks [3]
Albert and Allen Hughes' "American Pimp."
Amongst Fiends [4]
Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski's colorful relationship.
— Marjorie Baumgarten, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Full Reviews
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Busting Out [5]
Julia Roberts's acting range and cup size expand in the role of "Erin Brockovich," the real-life secretary who helped win the biggest direct-action lawsuit ever.
Erin Go Wonderbra [6]
Celebrating a new American masterpiece in "Erin Brockovich."
Houston, We Have a Problem [7]
"Mission to Mars" is so packed with gung-ho, flag-waving, teary-eyed moments that it might as well have been written as a recruitment film.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
Bored Red Planet [8]
The Movie Guru crash-lands "Mission to Mars."
— Coury Turczyn, METRO PULSE
The Ninth Gate [9]
The only devilry exhibited here is the flight of Roman Polanski's talent.
Book 'Em [10]
Why is "The Ninth Gate" such a fright, Johnny?
— Ashley Fantz, MEMPHIS FLYER
My Best Fiend [11]
Film director Werner Herzog tells of his tempestuous friendship with actor Klaus Kinski.
Beyond the Mat [12]
The carpe-diem capitalist enterprise behind the kabuki camp of pro wrestling.
Sweet Revenge [13]
Shakespeare's oft-derided "Tragedy of Titus Andronicus" dazzles as a big-screen epic.
— James DiGiovanna, TUCSON WEEKLY

Video + TV
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TV Eye [14]
Taking a peek at the television of the future; also, director Kevin Smith fumes over the television version of his indie hit Clerks, and the Emmys announce a change in voting procedure.
— Belinda Acosta, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
I See Dead People on TV [15]
"The Others" has established itself as an addictive "don't forget to set the VCR" show.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
The Reel Deal [16]
A newly restored version of Jean Renoir's "Grand Illusion" debuts on home video.
— Mark Jordan, MEMPHIS FLYER

Volume III, Issue 39
March 20 - March 27, 2000  

S ince the late 1970s, Craig Baldwin has been assembling an alternate history of America, making riotous collages of educational films, corporate promos, creature features, and long-forgotten archival clips. His thesis: film is always an ideological tool and there's always a man behind the curtain.

The Hughes brothers' "American Pimp" dives headfirst into the rightfully maligned subculture of the black American pimp and comes up with a fistful of freaks, racial subdivisions, and outlandish tales.

Julia Roberts appears to have another hit on her hands, and our critics have jumped on the "Erin Brockovich" bandwagon, calling it a masterpiece and crediting Roberts for the "best performance" of her career.

Also, reviews of Brian DePalma's "Mission to Mars," Roman Polanski's "The Ninth Gate," the future of television, and more.

Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix Movie Clips [17]

  • Mission to Mars
  • Mifune
  • Deterrence
  • Beyond the Mat
  • El Ciudad
  • Final Destination

Tucson Weekly Film Clips [18]
  • Boys Don't Cry
  • Drowning Mona
  • Mission to Mars
  • The Ninth Gate
  • What Planet Are You From?

Psychic Movie Predictions [19]
  • Beyond the Mat
  • Erin Brockovich
  • Final Destination
  • Mr. Death
  • Show Me Love
  • The Third Miracle

Now What? [20]
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