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Bosnia Calling
None of filmmaker Michael Winterbottom's previous efforts matches what he's achieved with "Welcome to Sarajevo," the first cinematic rendering of the Bosnian conflict. [5]
Tom Meek

Evil Men, Great TV
Michael Winterbottom, director of "Welcome to Sarajevo," talks about war. [6]
Ray Pride

Family Matters
Alan Berliner and the Texas Documentary Film Tour. [7]
Jason Silverman

Deconstructing Woody
A look back at Woody Allen's films of the '90s. [8]
Chris Herrington

Magic Geriatrics
According to a recent spate of Hollywood romances, women in their thirties fall for men in their sixties - yeah, old enough to be their fathers - with the casual regularity of scheduling a haircut. [9]
Stacey Richter


Full Reviews
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Make Me Laugh! Make Me Cry!
"Good Will Hunting" and "Deconstructing Harry" remind us what going to the movies is all about. [10]
Hadley Hury

Movie Guru
The Movie Guru is entertained by the antics of smart people in "Good Will Hunting." [11]
Coury Turczyn

With This Ring
Daniel Day-Lewis and Emily Watson take Jim Sheridan's "The Boxer" beyond the film's familiar themes. [12]
Gary Susman

Film Tip of the Week
This week's must-see flick: "The Boxer." [13]
Ray Pride

Betting on Love
Review of "Oscar and Lucinda." [14]
Mary Dickson

Titanic Talents
Our weekly editorial touches on great films and where James Cameron's "Titanic" fits in the hierarchy. [15]
Louis Black

"As Good As It Gets"; "Titanic"
"As Good As It Gets" is a small but effective film, while "Titanic" is as good as disaster movies get. [16]
Rick Barton


Video + TV
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Videos a Go-Go
We take a look at movies that get the most out of their drama by using remote locales. [20]
Jesse Fox Mayshark

TV Eye
1997 closing credits. [21]
Margaret Moser


Now What?
What's the matter, couldn't find a review of that blockbuster film you're excited about? We certainly don't want to leave you disappointed -- why not try some of these larger-than-life movie links? [22]


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Volume I, Issue 32
January 12 - January 20, 1998

W hen Woody Allen was younger, it was fun to see him romantically paired with attractive women. The idea of such a silly, nebbish person married to Meryl Streep (in "Manhattan") or the tall, gregarious Diane Keaton (in any of several films) was a boost for silly, nebbish guys the world over. Somewhere along the way, though, something went horribly wrong. Woody's age started to show, yet in picture after picture he insisted on getting cozy with such actresses as Juliette Lewis, Mira Sorvino, Helena Bonham Carter, Julia Roberts, Elizabeth Shue, and many other women young enough to be his....well, let's just say that when he was plucking out his first gray hair, many of them were still candy bars in somebody's back pocket.

Whether or not you care about Woody's "Lolita" complex, you really ought to take a look at these articles about his recent work. One of them analyzes all of Woody's films during the '90s, which have been spotty but revealing. The other examines the man's disturbing on-screen lust for women less than half his age, finding that in Hollywood, he's not the only culprit -- not by a long shot.

But if you're tired of Woody Allen's questionable behavior and would much rather read about something relevant to the real world, look no further than these two interviews with Michael Winterbottom, director of the new film "Welcome to Sarajevo." A meditation on contemporary war in the same vein as "The Killing Fields" or "Salvador," Winterbottom's film should be just the thing for those who believe movies should provide enlightenment as often as they provide escapism.

We've also got yet more Best of '97 articles, including a long listing of every film released during the year (in case you want to make your own "best of" list), and our usual cornucopia of not-so-corny movie reviews. Included in the mix: "The Boxer," "Oscar & Lucinda," "Good Will Hunting," and a comparative essay about James Cameron's "Titanic." And, if you haven't had your fill already, "Deconstructing Harry." My man Woody!


Year In Film
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"Reeling in the Year"
From Robert Duvall to Pam Grier, from "Face/Off" to "Underground," Nashville Scene reviewers Jim Ridley, Noel Murray, and Donna Bowman pick the best of '97. [2]
Jim Ridley, Noel Murray, and Donna Bowman

Control Freaks
The best and worst in film in 1997. [3]

1997 Movie Titles
The complete list of all the films released in Austin for theatrical runs in the calendar year 1997. [4]


Mini Reviews
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Austin Chronicle

  • The Boxer
  • Firestorm
  • Office Killer
  • The Sweet Hereafter
  • Wag The Dog

Boston Phoenix

  • My Sex Life . . . or How I Got Into an Argument

Film Clips

  • As Good as It Gets
  • Beaumarchais
  • Critical Care
  • Deconstructing Harry
  • Gabbeh
  • Mouse Hunt
  • Mr. Magoo


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