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1999 Stories by Jean Oppenheimer

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  • The Cider House Rules rules

    published December 30, 1999

    1. The Cider House Rules No other film this year captures the complex, bittersweet nature of life so movingly. Michael Caine and Delroy... More >>

  • Blacks and Jews

    published December 23, 1999

    Although he couldn't have known it at the time, growing up in Baltimore during the 1950s would prove to be filmmaker Barry Levinson's smartest... More >>

  • Little orphan Tobey

    published December 16, 1999

    It is rare to find a movie that is as accomplished, multilayered, and rewarding as the novel from which it was adapted, but The Cider House... More >>

  • Rock the boat

    published November 25, 1999

    A tangible sense of sadness and longing hangs over The Legend of 1900, the mesmerizingly beautiful and poetic new film from Italian... More >>

  • Mommy weirdest

    published November 11, 1999

    Susan Sarandon is one of the screen's most gifted actresses, a fiercely intelligent artist who invests her roles with depth, compassion, wit, and... More >>

  • Porn to lose

    published October 14, 1999

    Am I a traitor to my gender because I didn't find this unabashed film about female sexuality erotic, brave, or even -- can I say it --... More >>

  • Renoir's war

    published September 30, 1999

    A classic that fully merits the designation, Jean Renoir's 1937 anti-war masterpiece Grand Illusion is, quite simply, one of the greatest... More >>

  • Concentration comedy!

    published September 23, 1999

    The joke that opens Jakob the Liar, the new Holocaust comedy (and talk about an oxymoron) starring Robin Williams, captures the bittersweet... More >>

  • Crash and yearn

    published September 23, 1999

    It is the wry humor and amazing equanimity of the men profiled in the documentary Return With Honor that proves most astonishing. They were... More >>

  • Conjoined at birth

    published September 2, 1999

    There is something fairy-tale-like, but also deeply human, about Twin Falls Idaho, a gentle, beautifully realized tale of love and intimacy... More >>

  • Like father, like son

    published August 5, 1999

    Ten-year-old Fraser Pettigrew leads an idyllic existence. He lives on a bucolic estate in Scotland with five siblings, four dogs, his gentle... More >>

  • Second Chances

    published July 8, 1999

    Twice Upon a Yesterday seems almost too geared for the Sliding Doors crowd. Because this romantic fable relies on the same kind of... More >>

  • Taxi Driver

    published July 8, 1999

    London-born novelist-screenwriter Hanif Kureishi doesn't have Margaret Thatcher to kick around anymore, as he did so incisively and effectively in... More >>

  • Leaving Mike Figgis

    published June 24, 1999

    Pretentiousness masquerading as profundity; self-indulgence masquerading as art. The Loss of Sexual Innocence, the dreadful new film from... More >>

  • He said, she said

    published June 10, 1999

    Lauren Hutton may not be the best actress in the world, but she sure has sex appeal. And she has a nice ability to mock her sexiness at the same... More >>

  • The English prisoner

    published May 27, 1999

    David Mamet--famous for his in-your-face characters, brutal and frequently raunchy dialogue, and deliberate, staccato prose about, ya know, dat... More >>

  • No need for sympathy

    published May 13, 1999

    Even English actresses of a certain age have a difficult time finding good roles, so it's understandable that Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, and Joan... More >>

  • Unreal world

    published February 25, 1999

    Director Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, Beaches) has always tended toward unrealistically feel-good movies, and The Other Sister is no exception.... More >>

  • Two for the road

    published January 21, 1999

    Directed by Walter Salles (1995's Foreign Land), the Brazilian film Central Station concerns the relationship between a homeless 9-year-old boy... More >>

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