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Unsolved mysteries
The X-Files' publicity campaign suggested that the big-screen adaptation was something grander than just a two-hour episode of the series, but apparently that was just part of some conspiracy. [06-29-98]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Chemistry Lesson
A thoroughly pleasant and painless diversion that -- for all its star power, ostentatious production values, and pre-release controversy -- is utterly forgettable. [06-15-98]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Leaping Lizards!
The new "Godzilla" offers great effects, but it's clear that the monster is not actually a guy in a rubber lizard suit, so, alas, there is a decidedly low cheese quotient. [05-26-98]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Old Faithful
Soul Asylum's "Candy from a Stranger" sounds poppish by today's standards. By tomorrow's -- who knows? [05-11-98]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Mattrock
It wouldn't be hard to make fun of MTV VJ Matt Pinfield, but this unlikely character is taking over America's music channel. [03-23-98]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

De'Ath Watch
Richard Kwietniowski's "Love and Death on Long Island" is a one-joke movie, but it's an awfully good joke. [03-16-98]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Life's a Ball
The Coen brothers' "The Big Lebowski" is a shaggy-dog tale to end all shaggy dog tales -- another feelgood movie about kidnapping. [03-09-98]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Chungking II
"Fallen Angels" proves why Hong Kong director Wong Kar-Wai is in danger of becoming one of the most imitated cinema stylists in the world. [02-23-98]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Flesh Wounds
"Live Flesh" catches outrageous film artist Pedro Almodovar in a mature moment. [02-16-98]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Irresistible Force
"Spice World"'s patent silliness and implausibility suggest that this portrayal of what the Girls are really like is not to be believed. [01-26-98]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Still Life
Martin Scorsese's "Kundun" is long on pageantry -- if a little short on messy feelings. [01-20-98]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

With This Ring
Daniel Day-Lewis and Emily Watson take Jim Sheridan's "The Boxer" beyond the film's familiar themes. [01-12-98]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Unblocking Harry
Woody Allen tears himself apart in "Deconstructing Harry." [12-29-97]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

The TV Year in Review
In 1997, television's trends were set by tragedies and marketing. [12-29-97]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Those Were the Days
Out of context, divorced from the images they were meant to accompany, TV theme songs can seem like pure, unadulterated cheese. [12-01-97]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Lonely boys
Writer/director Wong Kar-Wai's "Happy Together" may be short on plot, but it's long on atmosphere. [11-03-97]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Pornocopia
With "Boogie Nights," director Paul Thomas Anderson dares to one-up Scorsese, Altman, Tarantino, and any other film-geek icon you might name. [10-20-97]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Lhasa calling
Seven Years in Tibet is that occasional Pitt movie in which he must act using resources other than his hair, as it's cut short for most of the film. [10-13-97]
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Paperboy!

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