Monthly Archives: September 1997

MEN IN BLACK

Reviewed by GREG KING (Amblin/Columbia Tri-star) Director: Barry Sonnenfeld Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Rip Torn, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D’Onofrio, Tony Shalhoub, Siobhan Fallon, Sean Whalen Running time: 98 minutes. Based on the comic book created by Lowell Cunningham, this cleverly written film is full of in-jokes that pay sly homage to some of [...]

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A SIMPLE WISH

Reviewed by GREG KING (UIP) Director: Michael Ritchie Stars: Martin Short, Mara Wilson, Kathleen Turner, Robert Pastorelli, Francis Capra, Amanda Plummer, Ruby Dee, Teri Garr, Alan Campbell, Jonathan Hadary. Traditional fairy tales and bedtime stories have perpetuated stereotypical images of evil witches and good-hearted fairy godmothers. Although those stories may have seemed scary to youngsters, [...]

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FREE WILLY 3: THE RESCUE

Reviewed by GREG KING (Village Roadshow) Director: Sam Pillsbury Stars: Jason James Richter, August Schellenberg, Annie Corley, Vincent Berry, Patrick Kilpatrick. Environmental messages and moral dilemmas abound in this second sequel to Free Willy, one of the biggest box office successes of 1993. One of the more pleasing aspects of Simon Wincer’s original was that, [...]

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NIGHT FALLS ON MANAHATTAN

Reviewed by GREG KING (Spelling Films/Village Roadshow) Director: Sidney Lumet Stars: Andy Garcia, Ian Holm, Richard Dreyfuss, Lena Olin, Ron Liebman, James Gandolfini, Shiek Mahmud-Bey, Colm Feore, Dominic Chianese, Paul Guilfoyle Running time: 113 minutes. During the past two decades, respected director Sidney Lumet has chronicled the gritty realities of law enforcement in the concrete [...]

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ALBINO ALLIGATOR

Reviewed by GREG KING (Columbia Tri-star/Globe) Director: Kevin Spacey Stars: Matt Dillon, Faye Dunaway, Gary Sinise, William Fichtner, Viggo Mortenson, Skeet Ulrich, Joe Mantegna, M Emmett Walsh, John Spencer. Oscar winning actor Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects, Seven, etc) makes an auspicious directorial debut with this intriguing thriller that playfully reworks the normal conventions of [...]

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WILD AMERICA

Reviewed by GREG KING (Village Roadshow) Director: William Dear Stars: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Devon Sawa, Scott Bairstow, Frances Fisher, Jamey Shirdan, Don Stroud, Tracey Walter, Danny Glover (uncredited) Running time: 103 minutes. “Everyone has a dream, but life sometimes has a way of making us forget them.” For Mark, Marty and Marshall Stouffer, their dream [...]

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THE GAME

Reviewed by GREG KING (Polygram) Director: David Fincher Stars: Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, James Rebhorn, Deborah Kara Unger, Peter Donat, Carroll Baker, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Anna Katarina Running time: 129 minutes. This challenging and unnerving thriller is unlike any other film seen in recent years. Like Michael Douglas’ Falling Down, The Game is a defiantly unconventional [...]

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POSTCARDS FROM AMERICA

Reviewed by GREG KING (Potential Films) Director: Steve McLean Stars: James Lyon, Michael Tighe, Olmo Tighe, Michael Imperioli, Michael Ringer, Maggie Low Running time: 96 minutes. Based on the autobiographical writings of David Wojnarwicz, the former street hustler turned celebrated New York artist and gay activist, Postcards From America is a dark and troubling journey [...]

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