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Friday, 24 November 2000 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Tumbleweeds function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); <br> studio: New Line Home Video MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Janet McTeer, Jay O. Sanders, Kimberly J. Brown, Gavin O’Connor release year: 1999 film rating: Three Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein 'Tumbleweeds’ is a quiet but refreshingly realistic and non-hysterical tale of a mother and 12-year-old daughter trying to make a fresh start in new environs. Mary Jo Walker (Janet McTeer) has been married four times, fleeing not just her husband but the entire state every time the relationship goes bad. After the last romantic debacle, which we see in the last stages of collapse, Mary Jo wants to head from her native South to Missouri, but her daughter Ava (Kimberly J. Brown) persuades Mom to light out for San Diego instead. Mary Jo almost at once settles into her pattern of shacking up with a man who Ava can tell will be trouble, but the younger Walker makes friends easily and wins a lead in the school play. When ...
Tuesday, 24 October 2000 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: American Beauty function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: DreamWorks Home Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari release year: 1999 film rating: Four-and-a-Half Stars sound/picture: Four Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein Sometimes, a movie really surprises you – you become immersed in the world it creates, yet you can’t anticipate what it will give you next. This last is an especially neat trick in ‘American Beauty,’ as our narrator/protagonist Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) tells us at the beginning that he’ll be dead by the end. When Lester introduces himself to us, he is living a life of quiet desperation (punctuated by occasional through-clenched-teeth warfare) in upper-middle-class suburbia with wife Carolyn (Annette Bening) and teenaged daughter Jane (Thora Birch). Lester works at a job he hates; Carolyn is a realtor who psychs herself up with self-help tapes; Jane is in the throes of adolescent self-loathing that she’s impartially spread to both parents. The household is picture-perfect on the outside and writhing with ...
Tuesday, 29 August 2000 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Boogie Nights (Special Edition) function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: New Line Home Video MPAA rating: R starring: Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore, Luis Guzman, Don Cheadle, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Heather Graham, Thomas Jane, William H. Macy, Ricky Jay, John C. Reilly, Robert Ridgely, Alfred Molina, Melora Walters, Robert Downey, Robert Downey, Jr. release year: 1997 film rating: Five stars sound/picture: Four stars reviewed by: Bill Warren 'Boogie Nights' by writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson is dazzling and involving, funny and dramatic, affectionate and satiric -- and wonderfully entertaining from opening scene to the last image. It's about two and a half hours, but there's not a dull frame in the movie. The most original movie of 1997, it established Anderson at once as a major director; this was only confirmed by 'Magnolia.' The way Anderson handles a Panavision camera is novel -- he uses off-center, even unbalanced compositions -- and his occasional quick cuts is unusual, almost innovative. But mostly, it's in the way he approaches ...
Tuesday, 29 August 2000 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Magnolia function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); <br> studio: New Line Home Video MPAA rating: R starring: Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, William H. Macy, Philip Baker Hall, Tom Cruise, John C. Reilly, Melora Walters, Melinda Dillon, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeremy Blackman, Michael Bowen, Emmanuel Johnson release year: 1999 film rating: Four and a half stars reviewed by: Bill warren The swirling stories of the awesomely ambitious "Magnolia" again invited comparisons to the movies of Robert Altman, unlike Altman, Anderson views all his characters as fellow voyagers in life, all looking for love and/or acceptance, few finding it.
Tuesday, 29 August 2000 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Stand By Me function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();  studio: Columbia Tristar Home Video MPAA rating: R starring: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Kiefer Sutherland, Casey Siemaszko, John Cusack, Richard Dreyfuss release year: 1986 film rating: Four-and-a-half-stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Why this film has fallen out of public consciousness is a mystery. It's one of the three or four best adaptations of a story by Stephen King; the performances by the four kids are uncannily good; it's one of the best depictions of childhood in American movie history; it began a completely new phase in the career of director Rob Reiner. And it's a hell of a good movie, damned near perfect in its own terms.
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