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Highlander: Endgame
A beloved cult franchise sputters to an end... we hope. [09-11-00]
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Autumn in New York
Autumn in New York equals in season in cinema hell. [08-21-00]
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

The Filth and the Fury
The Sex Pistols rear their heads for one last hurrah. [05-08-00]
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Frequency
This movie requires more than a warp in time and space to make its story more believable. [05-01-00]
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Love and Basketball
Better-than-average romance is buoyed by the debuts of writer-director Prince-Blythewood and star Lathan. [04-24-00]
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Cotton Mary
All pretenses aside, this James Merchant production is just a tarted-up melodrama. [04-24-00]
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

The Interview
This Australian psychological drama is an intricate story of crime and detection. [04-17-00]
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

A Map of the World
A movie that dares ask whether the belief systems of an honest but strange and uningratiating middle-aged woman can prevail. [04-03-00]
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Final Destination
Two veteran X Files writers dish out more crypto-philosophical horror antics. [03-28-00]
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

The Ninth Gate
The only devilry exhibited here is the flight of Roman Polanski's talent. [03-20-00]
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Beyond the Mat
The carpe-diem capitalist enterprise behind the kabuki camp of pro wrestling. [03-20-00]
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Simpatico
First-time film director Matthew Warchus directs this version of the Sam Shepard play. [03-06-00]
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Hanging Up
Many of this movie's problems could be resolved with Caller ID. [02-28-00]
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Snow Day
Modest aspirations yield modest returns. [02-21-00]
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Five Wives, Three Secretaries and Me
A Houston filmmaker's portrait of her 89-year-old father reveals a tangle of unresolved emotions. [02-14-00]
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Natural Selection
A fairly typical first film: plenty of talent on display but too little focus and overall quality control. [02-07-00]
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Isn't She Great
This candidly embellished biopic of Jacqueline Susann is an ideal diversion for one of those evenings when low expectations feel more like a state of grace than a surrender to vice. [01-31-00]
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Cradle Will Rock
It's a dramatic film with a political agenda, but an agenda that calls attention to artists who choose to prostitute their talents. [01-24-00]
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

The Talented Mr. Ripley
A black-hearted masterpiece arrives in time to salvage the holiday movie season. [12-28-99]
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Ride With the Devil
Generally artless performances and dime-novel plotting mar this Civil War film's stark beauty. [12-20-99]
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

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