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2003 Stories by Bill Gallo

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  • Mountainous Achievement

    published December 25, 2003

    Anthony Minghella's magnificent film version of the Civil War epic Cold Mountain has much more going for it than Hollywood grandeur.... More >>

  • House of Pain

    published December 25, 2003

    For those who pay no mind to Oprah, the dispute at the heart of House of Sand and Fog concerns the occupancy of a run-down... More >>

  • Lucky in Love

    published December 18, 2003

    William H. Macy's plain-vanilla features and hang-dog screen demeanor have served him well. Who could resist him as the clueless car dealer who... More >>

  • Rémy, Hero

    published December 18, 2003

    Evidently, the French-Canadian writer-director Denys Arcand has a tremendous capacity for dividing the art-movie/film-fest crowd into enemy camps.... More >>

  • White Dork Down

    published December 4, 2003

    In his career as a Hollywood action figure, Tom Cruise has been dressed in some pretty hip outfits--a macho fighter pilot's sleek leather jacket,... More >>

  • Muck, Raked

    published November 13, 2003

    In the annals of fraud and fakery, a discredited ex-magazine reporter named Stephen Glass likely will wind up a mere footnote. The people who... More >>

  • Spring in his Step

    published November 13, 2003

    When we first see Fanda, the craggy, octogenarian hero of a sublime Czech tragicomedy called Autumn Spring, he alights from a sleek... More >>

  • Elephant's Graveyard

    published November 6, 2003

    The spooky beauty of Elephant, Gus Van Sant's strange take on the Columbine massacre, arises not from the shock of sudden violence... More >>

  • Black Like Me?

    published October 30, 2003

    The riddles of identity that drive and disturb Philip Roth's impressive body of fiction usually focus on contemporary Jewish characters whose... More >>

  • Too Much of a Gooding

    published October 23, 2003

    That a new feel-good sports movie called Radio contrives to move us is just fine--that's what feel-good sports movies are supposed... More >>

  • Tuscan Raider

    published September 25, 2003

    The dumbed-down movie version of Frances Mayes' best-selling travel memoir Under the Tuscan Sun is a virtual case study of... More >>

  • Romancing the Drone

    published July 31, 2003

    From the lofty American vantage point, Mexico's New Wave filmmakers have materialized like magic, the unexpected fruit of a renaissance that even... More >>

  • Bum Deal

    published July 17, 2003

    So much for those crackpot theories about flighty teen-agers and their short attention spans. For four long years now the bland pop star Mandy... More >>

  • Green Gobblin'

    published June 19, 2003

    He's 12 feet tall. He's ripped. He's quick as a tiger and fierce as a dragon. Lit by his fury to a dull green glow, the guy is sheer, boundless... More >>

  • Sweet 'n' Sour

    published June 12, 2003

    The hero of Ken Loach's Sweet Sixteen is an isolated teen-ager mired in a gray Scottish slum with only a vague dream of family life... More >>

  • 2 the Extreme

    published June 5, 2003

    Whenever the stars of the adolescent street-racing fantasy 2 Fast 2 Furious were feeling balky or temperamental on the set, as movie... More >>

  • Heart Felt

    published June 5, 2003

    Credit the quality of a superior educational system. Or the native wit of two quick thinkers with a gift for understanding the human animal. Or... More >>

  • Undersea No Evil

    published May 29, 2003

    If grown-ups were meant to watch Walt Disney cartoons, God would have kept us all in the third grade for two or three decades. Still, somebody has... More >>

  • Heaven Help Us

    published May 22, 2003

    Many moviegoers see hyperactive Jim Carrey as the second coming of Jerry Lewis, but no one's ever mistaken him for God. Clearly, he'd like to... More >>

  • Blood From a Stone

    published May 8, 2003

    What a strange enterprise, making a movie about reading a book. It's the kind of paradox philosophy students chew over at 3 o'clock in the... More >>

  • Guilt Trip

    published May 1, 2003

    The Chicago-based filmmaker Steve James rose to prominence in 1994 with Hoop Dreams, a gritty, uncomfortably intimate portrait of two... More >>

  • A Horrible Mind

    published April 24, 2003

    Director David Cronenberg has led his loyal fans down some pretty spooky corridors, including the telepathic netherworld of Scanners, the... More >>

  • Digging for Treasure

    published April 17, 2003

    The Harry Potter phenomenon--on the page, in the movies, at the bank--has aroused in publishers and studio heads alike a sudden new... More >>

  • Winter of Our Discontent

    published March 13, 2003

    What more can go wrong in suburbia? Director Rose Troche (Go Fish) wants us to know, and to that end she has recruited another army of... More >>

  • Impossible Dreamer

    published March 6, 2003

    Filmmaker Terry Gilliam is no stranger to fiasco. After all, this is the human dynamo who saw 1989's inventive (if sometimes incoherent) The... More >>

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