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1999 Stories by Hal Hinson

Archives: 1999
  • The Gods Could Be Crazier

    published August 26, 1999

    What is it they say -- that even a flea can reach Mount Olympus riding in Pegasus' mane? Well, in the case of the new Albert Brooks comedy The... More >>

  • Misguided Auteur

    published August 12, 1999

    Filmmaker Bobby Bowfinger, the lead character in the intermittently funny Hollywood satire Bowfinger starring Steve Martin and Eddie... More >>

  • Comic Book Zeroes

    published August 5, 1999

    In the highly competitive, dog-eat-dog world of the modern-day superhero, the members of the group that eventually becomes known as the Mystery... More >>

  • Petty Woman

    published August 5, 1999

    Runaway Bride, the long-anticipated reunion of Pretty Woman stars Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, isn't a sequel, but it feels like... More >>

  • The Opposite of Sexy

    published July 22, 1999

    Eyes Wide Shut, the final motion picture from the late, great Stanley Kubrick, is easily the most anticipated adult film of the year. It's Star... More >>

  • Unwelcome Wagon

    published July 15, 1999

    Do you feel snug and secure in your cozy suburban life? Are you happy in your picture-perfect home, with your carefully manicured lawn, your kids... More >>

  • Alias Smith and Kline

    published July 8, 1999

    It won't take long for anyone familiar with the original Wild Wild West from television to notice that something is not right with the listless... More >>

  • Cuban Roots

    published July 1, 1999

    Joy isn't a word that often comes to mind when thinking about the films of director Wim Wenders. But infectious, intoxicating joy is the emotion... More >>

  • Faux Pa

    published June 24, 1999

    The new Adam Sandler comedy, Big Daddy, isn't just the funniest movie of the summer; it's also the most improbable feel-good movie of the season.... More >>

  • Scars and Stripes

    published June 24, 1999

    Simon West, the director of the new thriller starring John Travolta and Madeleine Stowe, likes the kind of close-ups that bore into an actor's... More >>

  • Show Me the Monkey

    published June 10, 1999

    In an early scene in Instinct, released by Disney's Buena Vista Films, we're told that a brilliant primatologist named Ethan Powell (played by... More >>

  • Ebony and Ivories

    published June 10, 1999

    Bernardo Bertolucci's Besieged is a movie of enthralling visual poetry. Set almost entirely inside a ravishing Roman villa, it is a love story... More >>

  • Stalk Like an Egyptian

    published May 13, 1999

    In 1932, when director Karl Freund wanted to scare the socks off the brave movie patrons who had come to see the original Universal Pictures... More >>

  • Snatch 22

    published April 29, 1999

    Sean Connery has always been a terse, minimalist actor, spitting out his lines in tight bursts of Scottish brogue. But in Entrapment, the kingly... More >>

  • Tin Men

    published April 22, 1999

    In Pushing Tin, the edgy new comedy from British director Mike Newell, the dominant image is a black screen pulsing with obscure fluorescent... More >>

  • Sentence Fragments

    published April 15, 1999

    Imagine, if you will, one of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby's classic road movies that never leaves the terminal, and you have pretty much described... More >>

  • True Drew in Delightful No-Brainer, Plus an Uneasy, Edgy Go

    published April 8, 1999

    Courage comes in an infinite variety of forms and faces, but who among us would be brave enough to go back and relive our high school years, face... More >>

Archives: 1999