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Movie Review: Breaking the Waves

In Breaking the Waves (A-), director Lars von Trier crafts an elegant, heart-wrenching epic about a woman guided to the edge of sanity by a moral quest that leaves her physically, mentally and emotionally vulnerable. Emily Watson shines in the

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Posted in 1996

Guest Movie Review: Independence Day (1996)

By Eli Sanchez Guest Contributor Silver Screen Capture Roland Emmerich’s original sci-fi action film Independence Day warrants a solid B-. It was a simple story, great special effects and a great sense of humor. This was Will Smith’s breakthrough leading

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Posted in 1996

Movie Review: The Pillow Book

An exotic ode to love, art and revenge, Peter Greenaway’s The Pillow Book (A) stars Vivian Wu as a Japanese model in search of lovers who will paint on her body as part of their mating ritual with her. One

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Posted in 1996, Rent It Tonight

Movie Review: Secrets and Lies

 Mike Leigh’s Secrets and Lies (B+) pairs Brenda Blethyn and Marianne Jean-Baptiste as long-lost mother and daughter reuniting. Because Leigh uses an impromptu screenwriting technique with his actors, the focus is on the character revelations, especially since mom is white

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Posted in 1996

Movie Review: Sling Blade

Slicing into the heart of the American Gothic with razor-sharp perception, writer/director/actor Billy Bob Thornton carves out a startling yarn with the genre-slashing masterpiece Sling Blade (A). He crafts a singular portrait of the South and of a man faces

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Movie Review: Crash (1996)

Director David Cronenberg uses car crashes as a stand-in for unusual fetishes, but his focus on this type of auto-erotica seems like more a delirious dissertation than an actual real thing in Crash (C-). Nonetheless, James Spader, Holly Hunter and

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Posted in 1996

Movie Review: Space Jam

Basketball superstar Michael Jordan proves to be the ultimate good sport in his film debut opposite Bugs Bunny in Joe Pytka’s family adventure Space Jam (B-). This blend of live action and animation surrounding an intergalactic hoops game to solve

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Posted in 1996

Movie Review: That Thing You Do!

Tom Hanks’ directorial debut, That Thing You Do! (B+) is a light, fizzy film about the meteoric rise of a one-hit wonder band to the height of fame and fortune. Hanks as manager and the bright young cast he has

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Posted in 1996

Movie Review: Shine

Great music, superior performances and an engaging true life story of a pianist who suffers a mental breakdown culminate in a touching experience in Scott Hicks’ Shine (B+). Most of the film’s moments are genuinely mobbing, and Geoffrey Rush is

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Movie Review: Mother

The auteur of anxiety Albert Brooks stars in and directs Mother (A-), a film about a twice-divorced writer who must move back in with his mom. She is magnificently played by the legendary Debbie Reynolds. This generation gap comedy presents

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