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  • July 22, 1999

    Old Masters

    For contemporary reactions from Nation critics to the films of Stanley Kubrick, follow these links: Lolita (1962), Dr. Strangelove (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Shining (1980), all reviewed by Robert Hatch, and Full Metal Jacket (1987), reviewed by Terrence Rafferty.

    Stuart Klawans

  • July 8, 1999

    Spike’s Season

    In Summer of Sam, Spike Lee has made a small, shapely drama about two young Italian-American couples in the Bronx.

    Stuart Klawans

  • July 8, 1999

    Doctors’ Brains

    It's 9:45 Tuesday night, and the house lights have just come on after the final scene of Wit--the surprise Off Broadway hit about a terminally ill English professor and her experience as a

    Suzanne Gordon

  • July 1, 1999

    Bridge Over Troubled Water

    Legend has it that Potemkin, burdened by duties and melancholy, once neglected to order the packing up of one of his stage-set villages.

    Stuart Klawans

  • June 24, 1999

    Born Cool

    The title character in Run Lola Run lives underneath a fibrous growth that in shape resembles a neglected patch of lawn and in color brings to mind a fire engine--or maybe a fire engine cr

    Stuart Klawans


  • June 17, 1999

    Octopussy by Other Means

    In the movie that has been assigned to us to write about, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Mike Myers from Saturday Night Live plays a secret agent named Austin Powers.

    Stuart Klawans

  • June 10, 1999

    Fast Times at Carver High

    In Variety, where industry rumors congeal into analysis and analysis hardens to consensus, the news is bad for filmmakers like Alexander Payne.

    Stuart Klawans

  • June 10, 1999

    Pas de Deux, en Masse

    A cluster of concepts that, before the seventies, had together formed the received idea of art and artists came under intense criticism in that decade.

    Arthur C. Danto

  • June 3, 1999

    A Greek Bearing Gifts

    Before I ask you to see Eternity and a Day, I'd better explain something about its director and co-screenwriter, Theo Angelopoulos.

    Stuart Klawans

  • May 20, 1999

    Episode I–The Phantom Menace

    Not only now but every week, I am reminded at two-minute intervals of the influence of Star Wars.

    Stuart Klawans