Peter Rainer

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  • 17 years ago | Film Reviews

    The Jonathan Demme-directed Beloved runs nearly three hours, and it's a long slog. This adaptation of the 1987 Toni Morrison novel bursts with ambition. On one hand, it tries to get inside the fevers of the African-American slave experience, but i...

  • 17 years ago | Film Reviews

    Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita still has the power to scare off people. Proof is the book's new movie adaptation, directed by Adrian Lyne and scripted by Stephen Schiff and starring Jeremy Irons as the passionate pedophile Humbert Humbert, a man entran...

  • 17 years ago | Film Reviews

    The Montreal World Film Festival ran for 10 days through Labor Day, and the Toronto Film Festival picked up a few days later and carried on for another 10. Twin colossi of the Great White North, they each unspooled some 300 movies, and, as in the ...

  • 17 years ago | Film Reviews

    The ants in Antz show a lot of personality. The film is the best example yet of how a fully animated computer-generated feature can delineate facial movement. Toy Story (1995), the first such feature to be released, was brasher and more child-frie...

  • 17 years ago | Film Reviews

    One True Thing, directed by Carl Franklin, is trying to be the Terms of Endearment of the Nineties. Scripted by Karen Croner from the 1995 Anna Quindlen novel of the same name, One True Thing pushes the same high-gloss homilies about making peace ...

  • 17 years ago | Film Reviews

    Slums of Beverly Hills is the first feature by the young writer-director Tamara Jenkins, and it has its mild amusements. One of those movies that gets bonus points for being "personal," it bops along from episode to episode, as if the filmmaker we...

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