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1997 Stories by Andy Klein

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  • Home, James

    published December 18, 1997

    Now that the Japanese Tora-san series--with 50-some entries in 30 years--has presumably drawn to a close, following the death of star Kiyoshi... More >>

  • Son of the Shriek

    published December 11, 1997

    Wes Craven's Scream, which opened almost exactly a year ago, was the surprise hit of an overcrowded Christmas season. In part, its success was a... More >>

  • Grandson of Flubber

    published November 27, 1997

    First, The Heiress was unofficially remade as Washington Square, then Ace in the Hole as Mad City, and The Day of the Jackal as The Jackal. But... More >>

  • Caviar Emptor

    published November 20, 1997

    Disney Studios has nearly monopolized feature animation for almost 60 years now, only occasionally encountering successful forays by others into... More >>

  • Attention, Swappers!

    published November 6, 1997

    Taiwanese-American director Ang Lee has carved out a niche as our leading director of comedies of manners. His first three films--Pushing Hands... More >>

  • Fairy, Fairy, Quite Contrary

    published October 23, 1997

    The true-life story of the Cottingley Fairies is so full of possibilities, so thought-provoking and hilarious at once, that it's amazing it's... More >>

  • In Farm's Way

    published September 18, 1997

    Every film adaptation of a preexisting work has its own unique set of problems; in the case of Jocelyn Moorhouse's A Thousand Acres, the problem... More >>

  • Beav Jerky

    published August 21, 1997

    Time has a way of slipping away. But don't worry--studio executives are keeping a typically keen eye on the calendar, and calculating the simple... More >>

  • Wham! Bam! Thank You, Chan!

    published July 31, 1997

    It's no secret that the "new" Jackie Chan releases in the U.S. aren't really new at all. In fact, they're not even showing up in chronological... More >>

  • Tokyo Roseland

    published July 24, 1997

    At first glance, the new Japanese comedy Shall We Dance? appears to be an Asian remake of the Australian hit Strictly Ballroom--but, in fact, the... More >>

  • Hong Kong and Vine

    published June 26, 1997

    Face/Off, director John Woo's new action film with John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, is Paramount's big summer hope. Five years ago, when Warner... More >>

  • Buoy Loses Girl

    published June 12, 1997

    First, the good news: Unlike most action-film sequels, Speed 2: Cruise Control is not a mere retread of the original. Now the bad news: Better it... More >>

  • Come Fry With Me

    published June 5, 1997

    It's not completely fair to say that the string of hits produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer from 1983 through 1996 are stylistically... More >>

  • Art of Darkness

    published May 15, 1997

    Sidney Lumet has had enough ups and downs in his long, prolific career that it's never safe to count him out . . . even after two disappointing... More >>

  • Hong Kong Phooey

    published April 3, 1997

    Over the past five years, action star Jean-Claude Van Damme has become one of America's leading importers of foreign talent. In 1993, he hired... More >>

  • God Vibrations

    published March 27, 1997

    Lars von Trier is, perhaps consciously and defiantly, one of the least-commercial, brilliant directors in the world. His best-known movie, the... More >>

  • The Asphalt Jumble

    published February 27, 1997

    In the two decades since Eraserhead, David Lynch has established himself as American cinema's premier surrealist, our own Wizard of Weird.... More >>

  • Animal Crackers

    published January 30, 1997

    You can bet that at one point or another, some executive wanted the title of this long-awaited nonsequel to A Fish Called Wanda to be A Lemur... More >>

  • Things to Do in Denmark When You're Dead

    published January 23, 1997

    Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh) is Prince of Denmark. After his father (Brian Blessed) dies, his uncle Claudius (Derek Jacobi) takes the throne and... More >>

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