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2002 Stories by Bill Gallo

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  • Tango and Cash

    published December 26, 2002

    Al Capone himself probably couldn't kill Chicago. The bawdy Kander and Ebb musical has been charming theater audiences since 1975... More >>

  • Meaner Streets

    published December 19, 2002

    Martin Scorsese's latest epic of the streets, Gangs of New York, means to show us how a great metropolis was forged in the... More >>

  • Miller Time

    published December 12, 2002

    Each of the beautifully made vignettes that make up Rebecca Miller's Personal Velocity glimpses a young woman caught at a... More >>

  • Dead Weight

    published December 12, 2002

    Consider life's unbreakable rules. Send Mom flowers on her birthday. Keep your fastball down. Never order lasagna in Des Moines. Don't go sailing... More >>

  • Cuckoo's Nest

    published December 5, 2002

    As heroes go, the two just-released mental patients struggling to make a new life in Peter Næss' touching social comedy Elling... More >>

  • Kevin Clean

    published November 21, 2002

    Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Hello, Mr. Hundert. If we can judge by the new Kevin Kline vehicle, The Emperor's Club, the notions remain alive... More >>

  • Caveman's Valentine

    published November 7, 2002

    The repellent Casanova portrayed by Campbell Scott in Roger Dodger has an instinct for looking up skirts and down blouses, but no... More >>

  • Skins Deep

    published November 7, 2002

    Director Chris Eyre, whose engaging 1997 road movie, Smoke Signals, helped energize a modest new wave of Native American filmmaking, is... More >>

  • Homies

    published September 26, 2002

    Chris Smith's brief but thoroughly entertaining Home Movie carries on a grand tradition of American documentary--seeking out the... More >>

  • Native Son

    published September 12, 2002

    The much-celebrated Spokane/Coeur d'Alene poet and novelist Sherman Alexie (and writer-producer of Smoke Signals) brings all his ironic... More >>

  • Hush Mush

    published August 22, 2002

    Citizen-soldiers eager to renew hostilities in the American culture wars can shoot a couple of spitballs at each other this week over Little... More >>

  • French Fried

    published August 1, 2002

    If nothing else, give French actor Yvan Attal credit for his faith in domestic bliss. At a time when matrimony has a shorter life span than... More >>

  • Northern Extremes

    published July 4, 2002

    It has been 80 years since the adventurous son of a Michigan iron miner trained a silent-movie camera on the everyday life of an "Eskimo" family... More >>

  • Big Talkers

    published June 13, 2002

    The "one thing" at the heart of Jill Sprecher's 13 Conversations About One Thing may not have one name. But as you wend your way... More >>

  • Internal Despair

    published June 13, 2002

    The swaggering neo-Nazi skinhead played here to scary effect by Ryan Gosling takes equal delight in punching out a frightened Talmudic scholar and... More >>

  • Sister Sister

    published June 6, 2002

    It's no surprise that the Louisiana-born novelist Rebecca Wells has seen her wildly popular books translated into 18 languages, with no fewer than... More >>

  • Being Leon Barlow

    published May 2, 2002

    Actor Arliss Howard's debut as a director explodes with brave ambition while falling a little short, perhaps, on traditional narrative sense. So... More >>

  • Cat Fight

    published April 25, 2002

    Poor William Randolph Hearst. The snapping dogs of Hollywood just won't leave the guy alone. It's been barely 60 years since a little epic called... More >>

  • Vittorio Victorious

    published April 25, 2002

    During the past half-century, countless filmmakers great and obscure have stood in serious debt to The Bicycle Thief. But, for my money, no... More >>

  • Taking Stock

    published April 25, 2002

    The thoroughly unlikable heroine of Stephen Herek's cautionary comedy about striving and satisfaction is a vain, actressy TV blonde (vain,... More >>

  • Bloody Nothing

    published April 18, 2002

    The perpetrators of the new Sandra Bullock vehicle, Murder by Numbers, could be hauled in on any number of charges, including... More >>

  • Crush and Burn

    published April 18, 2002

    Women who exchange descriptions of their sexual encounters are certainly no more appealing than men who boast in locker rooms, but they seem to... More >>

  • Mexican Pie?

    published April 4, 2002

    The two slacker anti-heroes of Alfonso Cuarón's Y Tu Mamá También (And Your Mother, Too) (And Your Mother,... More >>

  • The Big Hurt

    published April 4, 2002

    Anybody who takes a second, sorrowful look at the charred rubble in lower Manhattan, the body counts in the West Bank or the brazen denials of... More >>

  • Durham Bull

    published March 28, 2002

    The eternal beauty and constant surprise of baseball are always getting sabotaged by Hollywood's urge to reduce the grand old game to a set of... More >>

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