AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL 1998

Just as some towns deserve two major league baseball teams, cinema-savvy Austin, TX deservedly hosts two rising stars on the film festival circuit: SXSW in the spring and the Austin Film Festival and Screenwriter’s Conference in the fall…



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APT PUPIL

Oh, why fight it? “Apt Pupil” is a creepy, if disjointed exploration of the nature of evil. But compared to its predecessor, it’s also a bit of a disappointment…



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TEMPORARY GIRL

4 Stars
Year Released: 1998
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 88 minutes

Easily the most stylistically original and distinctive film on the competition side of the aisle…


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SPIN THE BOTTLE

SPIN THE BOTTLE
3 Stars
Year Released: 1998
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 83 minutes

Too bad it took 3/4 of the film to finally find some fresh air. By then, it was almost, but not quite, too late…


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THE BIG EMPTY

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 1998
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 96 minutes

“The Big Empty” isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I found it weird having such a good time around such depressing people…


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SHOW AND TELL

SHOW AND TELL
2.5 Stars
Year Released: 1998
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 96 minutes

“Show and Tell” ultimately bails out and plays “Peekaboo” instead…


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MY MOTHER’S EARLY LOVERS

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 1998
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 103 minutes

Maple and her sisters are helping their crotchety old dad pack up and move out of the family home after their mother’s death…


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CHOW BELLA

CHOW BELLA
2 Stars
Year Released: 1998
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

Before long, I’d developed a touch of indigestion myself. Check, please!


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WENT TO CONEY ISLAND ON A MISSION FROM GOD…BE BACK BY FIVE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 94 minutes

It may not necessarily be a mission from the Big Guy, but do yourself a favor and check out this film…


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CHOCOLATE FOR BREAKFAST

CHOCOLATE FOR BREAKFAST
2 Stars
Year Released: 1998
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 92 minutes

There’s lots of snappy, engaging, witty dialogue in “Chocolate for Breakfast.” Lots and lots of snappy, engaging, witty dialogue…


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PLEASANTVILLE

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 1998
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 125 minutes

This is an exquisite, timely film. It’s nice to know that occasionally, even Hollywood does something right…


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WESTERN

2 Stars
Year Released: 1998
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

Go see “Western” because the first 98% is sly, endearing, and clever fun. As for the ending, do what you did for “Aliens III and/or IV”: just pretend it never happened…


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A NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY

1 Stars
Year Released: 1998
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 83 minutes

Another “Saturday Night Live” skit-to-screen comedy…


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THE CRUISE

THE CRUISE
3.5 Stars
Year Released: 1998
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 76 minutes

This documentary chronicles the life of an eccentric tour guide (Timothy “Speed” Levitch), who loquaciously offers an intriguing cultural history of New York City…


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LOVE IS THE DEVIL

LOVE IS THE DEVIL
4 Stars
Year Released: 1998
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

I really HATE movies about ARTISTS…


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