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Volume 1, Number 00
The 1999 Capsule Reviews

The Capsule Reviews:  At First Sight, In Dreams, Varsity Blues, Virus, Gloria, She's All That, Message in a Bottle, Payback, Simply Irresistable, October Sky, Blast from the Past, My Favorite Martian, Office Space, Jawbreaker, The Other Sister, 200 Cigarettes, 8mm, Analyze This.


At First Sight

(Dir: Irwin Winkler, Starring Val Kilmer, MIra Sorvino, Kelly McGillis, Steven Weber, Bruce Davison, Nathan Lane, and Ken Howard)

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BY: DAVID PERRY

Val Kilmer gives a last ditch attempt at an Oscar nomination and Mira Sorvino pulls a Marisa Tomei in At First Sight.   Recreating the disillusion that comes from a blind man regaining his sight could be an intriguing tale, but director Irwin Winkler allows the film to become nothing more than soap opera melodrama.  The only good things in the entire experience are a nice little performances from Nathan Lane as Kilmer's therapist and Bruce Davison as his doctor.


In Dreams

(Dir: Neil Jordan, Starring Annette Bening, Aidan Quinn, Robert Downey, Jr., Stephen Rea, Paul Guilfoyle, and Jennifer Berry)

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BY: DAVID PERRY

With some seriously spooky scenes, Neil Jordan's In Dreams could have been a great thriller.  But, instead, it veers into mediocrity at about the time that it should have made a major revelation.  Annette Bening shines in a role against type, but Aidan Quinn seems desperately lost in Jordan's constant moments of glorious style.  The lesser moments are supplimented by a great score by Elliot Goldenthal and cinematography by Darius Khondji.


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Varsity Blues

(Dir: Brian Robbins, Starring James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight, Paul Walker, Ron Lester, Scott Caan, Ali Larter, and Amy Smart)

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In a dumbed down teen film that attempts to mix the sex comedy with the rousing sports drama, James Van Der Beek plays the hotshot football player who's just as good with the ball as he is with the books.  Veering into disinterest, even those who are gaga over Ali Larter's whipped cream underwear may even feel the time ticking through the ho-hum football game that fills the climax.


Virus

(Dir: John Bruno, Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, William Baldwin, Donald Sutherland, Joanna Pacula, Marshall Bell, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Sherman Augstus, and Cliff Curtis)

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This sci-fi adventure film is so bad that it even makes Stephen Sommers' Deep Rising look, well, mediocre.  Virus is a waste of time, talent, and money.  The film was so aknowledged to be bad that even its producers attempted to drop it on the theatre with nearly no fanfare in hopes to be rid of it.


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Gloria

(Dir: Sidney Lumet, Starring Sharon Stone, Jean-Luke Figueroa, Jeremy Northam, George C. Scott, Cathy Moriarty, Bonnie Bedelia, and Mike Starr)

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John Cassavetes is certianly spinning in his grave.   A one-time great director like Sidney Lumet should have known not to even attempt to remake Cassavetes' Gloria, but at least he should have make it worth watching.   Among all the problems, only Jeremy Northan and George C. Scott come out of the film with any shred of respectability.


She's All That

(Dir: Robert Iscove, Starring Freddie Prinze, Jr., Rachael Leigh Cook, Matthew Lillard, Paul Walker, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Kevin Pollak, Anna Paquin, Kieran Culkin, Elden Henson, Usher Raymond, Kimberly Jones, Tim Matheson, Debbi Morgan, Alexis Arquette, and Clea DuVall)

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A teen reworking of Pygmalion/My Fair Lady fails on nearly every level.  What could have at least been a fairly innocuous little farce grows exponentially into a monstrocity of gross-out humor and immiture morality plays.  Freddie Prinze, Jr., proves to be one of the worst actors to come of the wood works in years; Rachael Leigh Cook is cute but nothing to speak of; and the barrage of cameos (including Henson, Culkin, Matheson, and Sarah Michelle Gellar) come closer to boring than surprising.  The only good thing in the entire effort is Kevin Pollak, who actually delivers the film's two or three laughs.


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Simply Irresistible

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October Sky

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Blast from the Past

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My Favorite Martian

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Office Space

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The Other Sister

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Reviews by:
David Perry
1999, Cinema-Scene.com

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