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Criminal Conversation [2]
How Christopher McQuarrie, the writer of The Usual Suspects and the director of the upcoming The Way of the Gun, learned to say no.
— Marjorie Baumgarten, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
In the Company of Renee [3]
If "Nurse Betty" were directed by an unknown, its dark comedy and sunny-dispositioned star would probably make it a critics' favorite.
— Ray Pride, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Rush Hour [4]
Todd Phillips' "Frat House" asks the question: Will you ever dick a brother?
— Anne S. Lewis, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Full Reviews
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The Way of the Gun [5]
The directing debut of The Usual Suspects' screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie is a stunning tale about unrepentant criminals.
— Marjorie Baumgarten, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Unsolved Mysteries [6]
French Film "L'Humanité" takes unsparing look at crime and human culpability.
— Jim Ridley, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Soap Dish [7]
In his movie, "Nurse Betty," director Neil LaBute mixes his trademark black humor and tonal shifts with the moral consequences of realistic violence.
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Nurse Betty [8]
Neil LaBute's highly anticipated comedy is an uneven mix of performances and moods.
— Sarah Hepola, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Tao Dejection [9]
'Tao of Steve' treads on familiar ground.
— James DiGiovanna, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
The Tao of Steve [10]
Donal Logue's performance is so good that it makes this comic study of machismo seem more knowing than it is.
— Marc Savlov, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
The Eyes of Tammy Faye [11]
Although she remains an intriguing figure, little new is learned about fallen televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker Messner in this campy documentary.
— Marjorie Baumgarten, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Highlander: Endgame [12]
A beloved cult franchise sputters to an end... we hope.
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Catfish in Black Bean Sauce [13]
This independent film written, directed, produced, and starring Chi Muoi Lo is a story of culture clashes that finds the filmmaker's talents spread a bit too thinly.
— Marjorie Baumgarten, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Whipped [14]
This lame comedy practically begs for a flogging.
— Kimberley Jones, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Equinox Knocks [15]
This Texas-made gender-bending comedy by Fran Rzeznik fumbles.
— Kimberley Jones, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Now What? [21]
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?
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Volume IV, Issue 11
September 11 - September 25, 2000  
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

T he Way of the Gun" is a story about criminals, their actions, and their logical consequences. It paints a world where crime often pays, bad deeds go unpunished, and good does not necessarily triumph. And this week we've got an interview with the writer and director as well as a review.

Neil LaBute's third feature film, "Nurse Betty," is a cracked tale of a wronged Kansas wife. Ray Pride fills in some background and the Boston Phoenix and Austin Chronicle offer reviews.

An oddly popular film now on the public circuit is "The Tao of Steve," and we've got reviews from the Tucson Weekly and Austin Chronicle this week.

Also, a documentary on fraternity pledging rituals, a French film about human nature at its worst, and more.


Video + TV
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Tears of a Clown [16]
Memories of the Jerry Lewis telethon.
— Belinda Acosta, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
The Sight Of Music [17]
The Sundance channel has fused new films, video shorts and historic films into one cinematic offering, "Sonic Cinema," but the monotony of images and poor timing makes this new show a cinematic bore.
— Jon Garelick, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix Movie Clips [18]

  • Autumn Heart
  • Whipped
  • Our House: A Very Real Documentary About Kids of Gay and Lesbian Parents
  • The Way of the Gun
  • Highlander: Endgame
  • Water Drops On Burning Rocks
  • Backstage/Turn It Up
  • Love & Sex
  • El Bruto

Tucson Weekly Film Clips [19]
  • Art of War
  • Bring It On
  • Titanic Town
  • Whipped

Film Tip of the Week [20]
  • The Way of the Gun

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