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Nosey Parker

Screens Feature, Mar. 14, 2003


Screens Feature, Mar. 14, 2003

Felicidades/Happy Holidays

Screens Feature, Mar. 16, 2001

The Sweetest Sound

Screens Feature, Mar. 16, 2001

Okie Noodling

Screens Feature, Mar. 16, 2001

Never Again

Screens Feature, Mar. 16, 2001


Watching Luminarias is like going to a really great party. With wonderful music, interesting characters, and lots of laughter, this picture feels much bigger than...

Film Review, Jul. 14, 2000

Dill Scallion

There's an old cowboy saying: “Any cowboy can carry a tune. The trouble comes when he tries to unload it.” Truer words couldn't be spoken...

Film Review, Oct. 8, 1999

Mickey Blue Eyes

Stammeringly eloquent and boyishly endearing, with excellent comic timing and just a touch of GQ élan, Hugh Grant seemed destined to fill the shoes of...

Film Review, Aug. 27, 1999

Inspector Gadget

Like an 80-minute-long Ginsu knives commercial, Inspector Gadget keeps throwing more and more cheesy enticements at us in an attempt to make us buy this...

Film Review, Jul. 30, 1999

An Ideal Husband

The Oscar Wilde drama about deceit and honor is presented by a solid cast.

Film Review, Jul. 2, 1999

Notting Hill

Love blossoms between a London bookstore owner and beautiful movie star. Can this relationship survive the obvious hindrances?

Film Review, May. 28, 1999

Blast From the Past

… Or, how Calvin Webber learned to stop worrying and love the bomb shelter. Ex Cal Tech professor Calvin Webber (Walken) made his fortune in...

Film Review, Feb. 12, 1999


Motherhood is a perpetually dangerous place, filled with dread and fear and necessary losses. By their very nature, our children must depend on us, reject...

Film Review, Dec. 24, 1998

The Rugrats Movie

The babies' first theatrical adventure is nonstop, but padded with lots of pop tunes.

Film Review, Nov. 27, 1998

I'll Be Home for Christmas

Beware of seasonal comedies whose titles echo Christmas carol refrains. Remember Jingle All the Way? Heed the omen. Oh, I'll Be Home for Christmas doesn't...

Film Review, Nov. 20, 1998

Simon Birch

The sincerity of its players, the level gaze of its camera, and a genuine affection for its story (suggested by John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany) keep this film afloat.

Film Review, Sep. 11, 1998

The Dress

Once, many years ago, I moved into a big old house. It seemed a fine house -- good location, decent roommates, cheap rent, and an...

Film Review, Aug. 14, 1998

The Parent Trap

In the sunny, innocent years that preceded the scourge of adolescence, my good humor could be bought with an ice cream cone or a round...

Film Review, Jul. 31, 1998


Madeline opens, not surprisingly, with a voiceover: “In an old house in Paris, that was covered with vines …” With those familiar storybook words, the...

Film Review, Jul. 10, 1998

Cousin Bette

Cousin Bette is so cold, so grimly repressed, it's a wonder she doesn't explode, littering the Parisian landscape with bits of starched black silk and...

Film Review, Jun. 26, 1998


Ink flows, graceful as a winding river, etching title credits onto a cinematic expanse of parchment. The credits fade, and out of the mist a...

Film Review, Jun. 19, 1998

A Perfect Murder

For all of its brutality, and it has plenty, A Perfect Murder is a pretty good stab at a parlor murder movie. Tasteful, chilly, and...

Film Review, Jun. 5, 1998

Dancer, Texas Pop. 81

There are so many captivating characters, so many funny moments, and so much sweet affection in this movie, its ending comes as a sorrowful leave-taking....

Film Review, May. 1, 1998

Still Breathing

Fletcher McBracken (Fraser) is a sweet, dreamy young man who suffers the same curse that his father and his father's father suffered. Each has been...

Film Review, May. 1, 1998

Sliding Doors

Don't let the title fool you. Sliding Doors has nothing in common with the obstreperous aluminum patio portals in soulless suburban houses. Quite the contrary....

Film Review, Apr. 24, 1998

Meet the Deedles

I have to admit to not really being able to remember all of the Teenese from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure or Fast Times at...

Film Review, Apr. 3, 1998

The Borrowers

Beginning in 1952, and spanning three decades, author Mary Norton wrote a series of children's books based on a family of tiny people who reside...

Film Review, Feb. 13, 1998

For Richer Or Poorer

For Richer or Poorer juxtaposes the simple, pure life of the Amish with the glittering, indulgent excesses of wealthy Manhattanites. Watching it, you can't help...

Film Review, Dec. 19, 1997


I once had a friend -- the father of two teenaged daughters -- who predicted the end of civilization as we know it and blamed...

Film Review, Jun. 27, 1997

101 Dalmatians

At least a couple of times every month, the dogs in my neighborhood start barking at each other. “Hey! Here comes that meter reader!” or...

Film Review, Nov. 29, 1996

That Thing You Do!

In 1964, in Erie, Pennsylvania, any group of kids who had access to a set of drums, a couple of electric guitars, and a garage...

Film Review, Oct. 4, 1996

The Rich Man's Wife

There has already been at least one remake of Alfred Hitchcock's deliciously witty, maliciously thrilling Strangers on a Train, and it openly aspired to comedy....

Film Review, Sep. 20, 1996

Fly Away Home

In this lovely film, a grieving, 13-year-old girl discovers orphaned geese eggs that she teaches to fly.

Film Review, Sep. 13, 1996

Tin Cup

Fore! Loath as I am to use even one golf metaphor, etiquette does require that I warn you. You're about to get bonked on the...

Film Review, Aug. 15, 1996


Slipping easily from honeyed sunlight to malevolent shadow and back again, Danny DeVito's big-screen adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda alternately warms and chills but never...

Film Review, Aug. 9, 1996

Harriet the Spy

Harriet the Spy is a clever movie that mixes a Sixties pop spy tempo and decidedly retro film speed manipulation with updated cultural and ideological...

Film Review, Jul. 12, 1996


There are worse ways to spend a hot summer's evening than sitting in a cool theatre watching playful dolphins leap out of a sparkling blue-green...

Film Review, May. 31, 1996

Denise Calls Up

At first glance, Denise Calls Up appears to be one long, facile, trendy, overextended cinematic gimmick -- a tale of Nineties technophiles who have forsaken...

Film Review, May. 24, 1996

Race the Sun

You might as well call this movie Hot Runnings. Once again, a troop of misfits band together to accomplish the extraordinary. You know the cast...

Film Review, Mar. 29, 1996

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