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1998 Stories by Michael Sragow

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  • Zoom Lens

    published December 9, 1998

    The Shop Around the Corner The classic romantic comedies of director Ernst Lubitsch and screenwriter Samson Raphaelson contrast the thrill... More >>

  • The Greatest Story Never Told

    published December 9, 1998

    The Prince of Egypt Directed by Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, and Simon Wells. With the voices of Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Sandra... More >>

  • Making a Mountain Out of an Anthill

    published November 25, 1998

    Surprise and pleasure come wrapped together in A Bug's Life. This big adventure about tiny critters is the latest piece of robust whimsy from... More >>

  • Last Picture Shows

    published October 7, 1998

    The second week of the Mill Valley Film Festival, running through Sunday at various venues in that town and also at Larkspur's Lark Theater,... More >>

  • From Chinatown to Niketown

    published September 30, 1998

    In 1974 Robert Towne was seething about the lot of his script for Chinatown, now considered his most famous work. Released that same year, the... More >>

  • Silver Mining

    published September 23, 1998

    Like an annual production of A Christmas Carol, the Telluride Film Festival never fails to invoke the Spirits of Past, Present, and Future. For... More >>

  • Retouching Evil

    published September 9, 1998

    A pungent, ardent yearning permeated the big theater at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch one balmy evening in July. It felt like artistic... More >>

  • Kung POW!

    published July 29, 1998

    Enter the Dragon Directed by Robert Clouse. Written by Michael Allin. Starring Bruce Lee, John Saxon, and Jim Kelly. Opens Friday, July 31,... More >>

  • The Weir Files

    published July 1, 1998

    Picnic at Hanging Rock Directed by Peter Weir. Written by Cliff Green, from the novel by Joan Lindsay. Starring Rachel Roberts and Helen... More >>

  • The Red and the Black

    published June 24, 1998

    Gone With the Wind Directed by Victor Fleming. Written by Sidney Howard, from the novel by Margaret Mitchell. Starring Clark Gable, Vivien... More >>

  • But Not Out of Mind

    published June 24, 1998

    Out of Sight Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Written by Scott Frank, from Elmore Leonard's novel. Starring George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez,... More >>

  • This Tomboy's Life

    published June 17, 1998

    Mulan Directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook. Written by Rita Hsiao, Christopher Sanders, Philip Lazebnik, Raymond Singer, and Eugenia... More >>

  • The Free Willies

    published June 3, 1998

    The Truman Show Directed by Peter Weir. Written by Andrew Niccol. Starring Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, and Ed Harris. Opens Friday, June 5,... More >>

  • Sinatra: The Voice, the Spark, the Image

    published May 20, 1998

    Frank Sinatra never gave a better performance as an actor than he did in The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) as Frankie Machine, a hotshot poker... More >>

  • Zoom Lens

    published May 20, 1998

    The Monster Mash The American remake of the beloved Japanese monster movie has the faux sophistication to tell us that the creature should... More >>

  • The Good Creepiness; the Bad Creepiness

    published May 20, 1998

    Repulsion Directed by Roman Polanski. Written by Polanski and Gerard Brach. Starring Catherine Deneuve. Opens Friday, May 22, at the... More >>

  • The Larry David Show

    published May 13, 1998

    Not since the death of Diana has there been a pop phenomenon as cataclysmic as the demise of Seinfeld. The surrounding hoopla has reached such,... More >>

  • Exodus

    published May 6, 1998

    The Long Way Home Directed and written by Mark Jonathan Harris. Narrated by Morgan Freeman. With the voices of Edward Asner, Sean Astin,... More >>

  • Week 2 of the 41st S.F. International Film Festival

    published April 29, 1998

    Animated by Dr. Freud (Various) Jim Trainor's peculiar The Fetishist is clearly the centerpiece of this program of animation for grown-ups,... More >>

  • John Berry: Romantic Rebel

    published April 22, 1998

    "Yeah, man," says director John Berry. "My name was originally John Sold, or Jackie Szold. But why would anyone want to print that? It's totally... More >>

  • O Pioneers

    published April 22, 1998

    When Adrienne Mancia, the winner of this year's Mel Novikoff Award, tries to recall her favorite moments from 34 years of film programs at the... More >>

  • Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll. Korea.

    published April 22, 1998

    A few decades ago, a controversial Bay Area critic named Pauline Kael -- yes, the same wild original who went on to become Pauline Kael -- wrote... More >>

  • The Lying Game

    published April 15, 1998

    Suicide Kings Directed by Peter O'Fallon. Written by Josh McKinney, Gina Goldman, and Wayne Rice. Starring Christopher Walken, Jay Mohr,... More >>

  • Travels With Mikey

    published April 8, 1998

    The Big One A documentary directed and written by Michael Moore. Opens Friday, April 10, at the Lumiere in San Francisco and the California... More >>

  • Second Time Around

    published April 1, 1998

    The Maltese Falcon John Huston's The Maltese Falcon is a high-water mark of tough-guy storytelling and the most influential movie in the... More >>

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