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Lunatic wit [3]
Milos Forman's "Man on the Moon" doesn't offer much insight into the Andy Kaufman behind the act, but it brims with hilariously re-created classic Kaufman moments.
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Man on the Moon [4]
Watching Man on the Moon is like "pushing an elephant up the stairs."
— Marjorie Baumgarten, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Multi "Talented" [5]
Anthony Minghella's "The Talented Mr. Ripley" is an old-fashioned movie, but its themes of identity, desire, and isolation of the soul couldn't be more cutting edge.
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
The Talented Mr. Ripley [6]
A black-hearted masterpiece arrives in time to salvage the holiday movie season.
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Family Affairs [7]
The Movie Guru enjoys the scent of Magnolia.
— Coury Turczyn, METRO PULSE
 
Any Given Sunday [8]
Football has been compared to warfare innumerable times; for Oliver Stone, it's a race war.
— Marc Savlov, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
On the Verge [9]
Despite its whacked-out storyline, Pedro Almodóvar's "All About My Mother" is a love letter to women, actresses, and survivors of all shapes, sizes, and sexualities.
— Scott Heller, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Liberty Heights [10]
Barry Levinson captures what it was like to grow up white and Jewish in 1950s Baltimore.
— Marc Savlov, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Faith Healer [11]
Neil Jordan's "The End of the Affair" is a deft cinematic translation of a daunting novel and a challenging investigation of character and point of view.
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Train of Life [12]
Frankly ludicrous, but that doesn't dispel its overall power and passion.
— Marc Savlov, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Boys Don't Cry [13]
This amazing gender-bender is a beautifully crafted piece of work.
— Marjorie Baumgarten, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Short Circuit [14]
You can pretty much figure out Bicentennial Man's schtick: a robot just wants to be human and blah blah blah.
— James DiGiovanna, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Stuart Little [15]
This movie mouse is a wonderful creation, even if E.B. White is rolling in his grave.
— Marc Savlov, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

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TV Eye [16]
That holiday spirit getting to be too much? Here's a look at Vegging Television: what you watch when you can't watch anything.
— Belinda Acosta, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
I, the Jury [17]
David E. Kelly's "The Practice" gets involved with a crime of the century every week, while "Sports Night" and "Action" are headed for the morgue.
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Videos a Go-Go [18]
"The Iron Giant" is a great movie, and it ought to be enjoyed.
— Coury Turczyn, METRO PULSE
 
Now What? [22]
What's the matter, couldn't find a review of that blockbuster film you're excited about? We certainly don't want to leave you disappointed -- why not try some of these larger-than-life movie links?
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Volume III, Issue 27
December 28, 1999 - January 3, 2000  
 
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

T he Nashville Scene's trio of reviewers takes some time out to discuss the bad films, miserable performances, disturbing trends, and lowlights from the year just ending. Unfortunately, they're not suffering from a dearth of material.

The late Andy Kaufman didn't want to be known as a comedian, so it's fitting that the movie version of his life isn't filled with laughs from one end to the other. But is it good? Peter Keough of the Boston Phoenix suggests the recreations of Kaufman's classic skits is enough reason to see the film. The Austin Chronicle's Marjorie Baumgarten says those imitations are all "Man on the Moon" has to offer.

Anthony Minghella's "The Talented Mr. Ripley" is the consummation of many talents into one triumphant, subversive illusion, according to one of our intrepid reviewers, while another suggests that it is just the thing to clear your Capra-glutted holiday movie palate.

Also, reviews of other new movies, including "Magnolia," "Any Given Sunday," and Pedro Almodóvar's "All About My Mother," what to watch on TV when you're not up to watching anything, and more.


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Hell on Earth [2]
Look back in anger: a survey of the year's worst movies.
— Noel Murray, Donna Bowman, and Jim Ridley, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

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Boston Phoenix Movie Clips [19]

  • Sweet and Lowdown
  • Any Given Sunday
  • Cradle Will Rock
  • Anne Frank's Diary

Film Clips [20]
  • Felicia's Journey
  • The Straight Story

Psychic Movie Predictions [21]
  • Any Given Sunday
  • The Cider House Rules
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Man on the Moon
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • Train of Life

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