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Parent Trap [2]
"Anywhere But Here" is stiff with comedy-killing explicitness and drama-draining banality.
— Hadley Hury, MEMPHIS FLYER
Anywhere But Here [3]
The mother-daughter knot is explored with some unconventional characters.
Heads Up! [4]
"Sleepy Hollow" is stylistically spellbinding but falls short of the original tale because director Tim Burton dilutes the terror with sentimentality and schlock.
Sleepy Hollow [5]
Tim Burton's goth tart for the masses is half-baked.
Don't Shoot the Piano Player [6]
"The Legend of 1900" has gorgeous cinematography, bright acting and an air of romantic nostalgia, but a weightless treatment of its own subject matter delivers a muddled fairy tale.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
The Legend of 1900 [7]
Gorgeous to look at but amounting to little, this new film by the director of Cinema Paradiso is sunk by soggy dramatics.
— Marjorie Baumgarten, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Straight to Hell [8]
Kevin Smith makes lame attempt at both action and religious satire in "Dogma;" what were they thinking when they made "The Messenger?"
Guinevere [9]
The old movie cliché about the older man and the younger woman is given an original spin in this movie by the writer of The Truth About Cats and Dogs.
— Marjorie Baumgarten, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Joe the King [10]
Actor-turned-director Frank Whaley helms this coming-of-age movie that's as painfully honest as they come.
Splendor [11]
A kinder, gentler Gregg Araki emerges in this sweet, romantic tale.
Devil's Island [12]
This Fifties-era Icelandic movie by the director of Cold Fever is an unruly slice of comic conflict.
Happy, Texas [13]
This humble comic fable has a sunny grin, goofy sentimentality, and not much else.
French in Action [14]
Luc Besson has crafted a rousing, '90s-style vision for Joan of Arc, but he should have spent less time canonizing his star.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
Children's Hour [15]
In "West Beirut," director and writer Ziad Doueiri explores the Lebanese civil war through the eyes of children.
— Jumana Farouky, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Now What? [20]
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Volume III, Issue 22
November 22 - November 29, 1999  

W e've got three pair this week, and while that might seem to indicate cheating if it were a poker hand, here at the Weekly Wire it simply indicates we're flush with good reviews:

  • Natalie Portman and Susan Sarandon are a compelling team in "Anywhere But Here," but they're undermined by the off-kilter movie's evolution as a big-budget bore rather than as a memorable film with artistic and dramatic integrity.

  • Tim Burton's revisioning of Washington Irving's Legend of Sleepy Hollow is stylistically spellbinding, but the director ends up slitting his own throat. Stunning nonetheless, the film is black and vermilion eye candy, a goth-tart for the masses.

  • "The Legend of 1900" is like booking a cruise to Europe and ending up in Disney's Epcot Center. And like it's title character, the movie itself just never gets off.

Also, more reviews of "Dogma" and "The Messenger," David Kelley becomes Aaron Spelling, and more.

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TV Eye [16]
David E. Kelley is one of the most gifted and savvy television writers of the late Nineties: so why is he degenerating into Aaron Spelling?
— Belinda Acosta, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Lessons from "The Real World" [17]
What lessons are there to be learned from staring at MTV's grating batch of self-absorbed nincompoops for six months straight?
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI

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