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Review: 'Howards End'

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E. M. Forster's Howards End makes a most compelling drama, perhaps the best film made during the 30-year partnership of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory. Longtime Merchant Ivory collaborator Ruth…

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Review: 'City of Joy'

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A picture divided against itself, City of Joy is half American-style gangster melodrama and half inspirational social consciousness. Impressively produced in Calcutta's teeming poverty-ridden streets…

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Review: 'Romper Stomper'

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Romper Stomper is a Clockwork Orange without the intellect. In many ways genuinely appalling, pic centers on a gang of moronic neo-Nazi skinheads who regularly do battle with Melbourne's Vietnamese…

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Review: 'Light Sleeper'

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Paul Schrader has created a pointed companion piece to his earlier portraits of lonely outcasts (Taxi Driver, American Gigolo). Contemplative and violent by turns, this quasi-thriller about a…

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Review: 'Gladiator'

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Gladiator is an exercise in audience manipulation, an interracial buddy movie. It's as if the producers called in their writers and said, 'Give us a boxing picture with some of that Barton Fink…

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Review: 'Article 99'

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With didactic intent behind a rabble-rousing story, filmmakers admirably draw attention to the scandalous condition of health care at the nation's Veterans' Administration hospitals while aiming for…

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