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The Empire's New Clothes [3]
"The Phantom Menace" launches an assault on the wallet, not the mind.
— Ray Pride, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Middling Menace [4]
The new Star Wars movie has everything except heart.
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
A Tremor in the Force [5]
The Phantom Menace swings between exhilaration and embarassment.
— Debbie Gilbert, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace [6]
Great effects, little emotion.
— Marc Savlov, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Star Warped [7]
Yup, it's the media event bigger than any single movie critic: The Phantom Menace. A movie like this calls for a whole SWAT team of reviewers.
METRO PULSE
 
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Who's On The Dark Side Now? [2]
A totally subjective guide to summer cinema.
— Zachary Woodruff, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

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Trekkies [8]
Revealed in this documentary is a devotion so fanatical as to make the Lucas crowd seem like pikers.
— Marc Savlov, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
The Love Letter [9]
A film that delivers.
— Marjorie Baumgarten, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Black Mask [10]
This Hong Kong re-release is full of snap, crackle and popcorn editing.
— Marc Savlov, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Welcome to the New Flesh [11]
An entertaining, mind-bending "eXistenZ;" too much gunplay in "Black Mask;" streamlined Shakespeare in "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
— Jim Ridley, Donna Bowman, and Noel Murray, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Trippin' [12]
Someone's trippin' here but it's not the characters.
— Sarah Hepola, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" [13]
Half-Assed?
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Windhorse [14]
Filming clandestinely in Tibet, the filmmakers have fashioned a fictional story about social dissidents.
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
"The Dreamlife of Angels" [15]
The Odd Couple Deux.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
The School of Flesh [16]
This French adaptation of a Yukio Mishima novel is a two-character study of opposites.
— Steve Davis, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Now What? [22]
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WEEKLY WIRE
 


Volume II, Issue 48
May 24 - June 1, 1999  
 
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

A fter more than a decade and a half, George Lucas has continued his popular space saga, "Star Wars," with "Episode I: The Phantom Menace." The Wire reviewers were among the first in line to see the long-awaited prequel. The "product placement of all time" echoes "recent headlines without the sex scandals" while serving "mainly (as) a get-acquainted party for the new characters." Lucas does manage to "crams gobs of action into every part of every frame" but he also "rewarms every tired cliché spawned by the ultimate space fantasy dynasty."

And let's not forget the interactive tour of Anakin Skywalker's home for your personal computer, and, when it all gets too overwhelming, you might look into the Star Wars Depression Center.

There are other movies at the multiplex, however, and lots more to come. We've got a sneak peek at the rest of the summer's crop of cinematic features, as well as reviews of "Trekkies," "The Love Letter," "Black Mask," and more.


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Use the Mouse, Luke [17]
The Force is once again with us.
— James Hanback Jr., NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Citizen Alert [18]
The Upright Citizens Brigade's creation of the Star Wars Depression Center shows just how funny they are.
TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Girls Kick Ass [19]
"Sailor Moon" has a certain appeal for fans of ass-kicking teens, weird space monsters and underage girls in miniskirts.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix Movie Clips [20]

  • Dancemaker
  • The Beggar's Opera
  • A Place Called Chiapas
  • Endurance
  • Trekkies
  • Black Mask
 
Tucson Weekly Film Clips [21]
  • Election
  • eXistenZ
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • The Mummy
 
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