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Tuesday, 07 March 2000 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Gone With The Wind 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: MGM Home Video MPAA rating: G starring: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniel, Thomas Mitchell release year: 1939 film rating: Four stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Some movies become so much a part of our lives, of the history of not just movies, but our society, that it can be difficult to judge them as movies any longer--they become huge icons that glow so brightly the surface is hard to discern. But when you strip away all the trappings from ‘Gone with the Wind,’ arguably the most famous movie ever made, you're left with what may well be the greatest melodrama in Hollywood history. It's legitimately epic -- so huge that the title sweeps across the screen one word at a time, beautifully acted, produced on a lavish scale, and technically both outstanding and innovative. Plus it's simply a hell of a lot of fun to watch.
Tuesday, 23 November 1999 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Stealing Home 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: Warner Home Video MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Mark Harmon, Jodie Foster, William McNamara, Jonathan Silverman release year: 1988 film rating: Two-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein Movies just don’t come much more innocuous than ‘Stealing Home.’ This is rather peculiar when one considers that the script, by writers/directors Steven Kampmann & Will Aldis, includes such provocative developments as loss of virginity, incapacitating despair, fatal accidents and suicide. The attempt seems to be to create a tale of coming of age and healing nostalgia, with the emphasis on recovery rather than the wounds, but the effect is pretty tame.
Tuesday, 31 August 1999 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Titanic 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-13 starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher release year: 1997 film rating: Four Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein By now, there are surely very few people left in the movie-watching world who haven’t seen ‘Titanic.’ There must be fewer still who aren’t aware that the mult-Oscar winner is the top-grossing film in history. This doesn’t mean that it’s the best film ever made, or even the best film released in 1997, but it’s still damn good.
Tuesday, 20 October 1998 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Lovesick 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 MPAA rating: PG starring: Dudley Moore, Elizabeth McGovern, Alec Guinness, John Huston, Alan King, Ron Silver, Renée Taylor, Gene Sacks, Wallace Shawn release year: 1983 film rating: Three stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Marshall Brickman started in movies as a co-writer with Woody Allen, including Allen's two best movies, "Annie Hall" (1977) and "Manhattan" (1979). He turned director with "Simon" in 1980, and sporadically has turned out a few quirky little movies from time to time, the last being the misfired "Intersection" in 1994. "Lovesick" is his most Woody-esque movie by far; it's set in Manhattan, it deals with psychiatry and romance, and he even tries for the broken dialog rhythms that are so much a part of Allen's style. It's very easy to imagine Woody Allen in the leading role of psychiatrist Saul Benjamin, played here by Dudley Moore. (And where has he gone?)
Tuesday, 29 September 1998 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: City Of Angels 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: Warner Home Video MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Dennis Franz, Andre Braugher release year: 1998 film rating: Three and a half stars sound/picture: Three and a half stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein ‘City of Angels’ is a gentle-souled, thoughtful romantic fantasy that has unexpected rhythms and grace notes. Some of its deviations from the traditional routes of big-budget love stories don’t quite work (the ending is arguably unpredictable but tremendously wrong-headed). However, in adapting Wim Wenders film ‘Wings of Desire’ for an English-language version set (where else?) in Los Angeles, director Brad Silberling and screenwriter Dana Stevens create moments of magic.
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