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Tuesday, 11 July 2000 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Boiler Room 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: Giovanni Ribisi, Nia Long, Ben Affleck, Vin Diesel, Tom Everett Scott, Ron Rifkin, Nicky Katt, Scott Caan, Jamie Kennedy, Taylor Nichols release year: 2000 film rating: Four stars sound/picture: Three stars reviewed by: Bill Warren "Boiler Room" is surprisingly good, considering that it really says nothing new, and is the work of a first-time feature director. The movie chugs energetically along, raising a few moral questions that it really doesn't bother to answer -- such as whether the intensely high-pressure telephone sales techniques central to the movie are only wrong under the circumstances shown. Screenwriter-director Ben Younger apparently is suggesting that they're perfectly ethical at other times; the end justifies the means. Few will agree. But this highly dubious moral stance is reasonably well-hidden by the fun and games of the rest of the movie. Giovanni Ribisi plays Seth Davis, who tells us in his narration that he "just wanted in" to the level ...
Tuesday, 11 July 2000 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Searching For Bobb Fischer 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: Paramount Home Video MPAA rating: PG starring: Joe Mantegna, Laurence Fishburne, Joan Allen, Max Pomeranc, Ben Kingsley release year: 1993 film rating: Three-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein ‘Searching for Bobby Fischer’ is a remarkably intelligent, emotional yet restrained film of a bright child buffeted by well-meaning adults who have conflicting private agendas. The title of the film refers not to an actual quest for the reclusive chess grandmaster, but to a state of mind – even while we’re encouraged to ask whether achieving such a state is desirable.
Tuesday, 11 July 2000 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: The Hurricane 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: Universal Home Video MPAA rating: R starring: Denzel Washington, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Dan Hedaya release year: 1999 film rating: Four Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein Sadly, the annals of U.S. legal history contain a large number of true-life tales of innocent people in general, and African-American men in particular, sent to prison for crimes they did not commit. What sets the story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter part is not so much that, prior to his incarceration, he was a world-champion boxer (hence the "Hurricane" nickname), nor that his case attracted an unusual amount of celebrity attention, nor even that he survived 19 years in jail without losing his mind, although all of these aspects are certainly notable. The most mind-boggling element in Carter’s complicated road to freedom is something that strikes us as necessarily true – because it’s just too weird for anybody to invent.
Tuesday, 27 June 2000 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Let The Devil Wear Black studio: A-Pix Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Jonathan Penner, Jacqueline Bisset, Mary-Louise Parker, Jamey Sheridan, Jonathan Banks, Philip Baker Hall, Maury Chaykin release year: 1999 film rating: Three and a half stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Jack (Jonathan Penner), in his twenties, returns to Los Angeles after spending time back East in a mental hospital following the death of his father (Chris Sarandon). He's still a bit unstable, not helped by learning that his mother (Jacqueline Bisset) is making plans to marry his sardonic uncle Carl (Jamey Sheridan). When he's in a toilet stall at one of the many L.A. bars his family owns, a mysterious voice suggests that Carl murdered Jack's father....
Tuesday, 13 June 2000 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: The Green Mile 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: Warner Home Video starring: Tom Hanks, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, Michael Clarke Duncan, Michael Jeter, Doug Hutchison, Sam Rockwell, Barry Pepper, Jeffrey DeMunn, James Cromwell, Patricia Clarkson, Dabbs Greer, William Sadler, Gary Sinise release year: 1999 film rating: Four stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Frank Darabont wrote and directed THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, a period prison drama from a story by Stephen King. THE GREEN MILE, also written and directed by Darabont, is also a period prison drama from a story by Stephen King. But both the stories and the movies are very different works. Unlike SHAWSHANK, THE GREEN MILE covers only a few weeks or months and is about the reactions of a team of prison guards, mostly decent men, to discovering that they have a miracle-worker in their midst. The trouble is, of course, that they're the guards on the Death Row (the Green Mile) of a Louisiana state prison in 1935, and the miracle-worker is ...
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