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Smoke Screen
In "The Insider," Michael Mann's camera work and storytelling ability does his story of a "60 Minutes" producer taking on the tobacco industry, 100 minutes better. [11-08-99]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Bedtime Stories
This fall prime-time TV's lineup is less about crime and more about pillow talk. [11-08-99]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

'Being' and nuttiness
Director Spike Jonze's "Being John Malkovich" is one of the most philosophically provocative screwball comedies ever made. [11-01-99]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Lone Stranger
Writer/director Kimberly Peirce's retelling of girl/boy Brandon Teena's sad-but-true story, "Boys Don't Cry," takes a chance with romanticism and loses. [10-25-99]
— Scott Heller, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Lawn Ranger
Director David Lynch's "The Straight Story" has elicited more controversy and praise than any of his films since "Blue Velvet." [10-25-99]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Sparring Match
In "Fight Club," director David Fincher puts Brad Pitt and Edward Norton on bruise control. [10-18-99]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Hold the Martini
Alan Rudolph's over-the-top adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's "Breakfast of Champions" is hilarious. So don't believe everything you hear. [10-18-99]
— Jeffrey Gantz, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Get Serious
After several seasons of uninspired mediocrity that have sent viewers fleeing to cable, the big three networks are making an effort to win back an audience with real drama. [10-18-99]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

In and Out
Director Rose Troche's "Bedrooms and Hallways" is a subversive take on modern sexual politics wrapped in bright colors and disguised as a slick romp. [10-11-99]
— Scott Heller, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Doing Time
Without Terrence Stamp, director Steven Soderbergh's "The Limey" would be just a juicy neo noir with a twist. [10-11-99]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Bearing Gifts
Hollywood gets uncharacteristically smart with "Three Kings" and "American Beauty" and allow audiences to see the world and the cinema with new eyes. [10-11-99]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Gulf Course
Director David O. Russell's "Tree Kings" is not your average war movie. [10-04-99]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Deja Vu
Martin Short's new talk show could become a smart counterweight to Rosie O'Donnell's, sort of a "Forbidden Broadway" to Rosie's relentless "I Love New York" campaign. [09-27-99]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

For the Roses
Kevin Spacey is dead-on in Sam Mendes's "American Beauty." [09-20-99]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Fall Romance
In the fall, television turns to thoughts of love with PBS's "An American Love Story" and a Lucy tribute. [09-13-99]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Canadian Bakin'
The 23rd Montreal World Film Festival had its dark moments, but that's what fests are for. [09-13-99]
— Gerals Peary, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Rebel Forces
Only two or three newcomers emerge a year, and 22-year-old Adrian Grenier, star of director Tod Williams's "The Adventures of Sebastian Cole," is one of them. [09-07-99]
— Alicia Potter, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad O?
"Coming Soon" screenwriter Collette Burson didn't think she would have to fight this hard to show the world an orgasm. [08-30-99]
— Michelle Chihara, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Inspired Nonsense
Leave it to Albert Brooks to be the voice of reason in the struggle to define comedy by imposing the humane, absurdist logic of "The Muse." [08-30-99]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Deep Throat
Roko Belic's "Genghis Blues" is the stuff of moviemaking legend. Semi-pro filmmakers with limited funds cobble together a movie whose story and setting are so irresistible that moviegoers leave the theater raving. [08-30-99]
— Banning Eyre, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

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