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Film, "A Fierce Green Fire": Naturally Sourced Environmentalism

"A Fierce Green Fire": Naturally Sourced Environmentalism

"Narrated by Robert Redford" is always a promising credit to see at the beginning of a documentary, since it implies that whatever else happens, you'll get to listen to the sonorous tones of a handsome man. Ah, but Mark Kitchell's…
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Film, Jitter<i>Bug</i>


The most volatile, least easily psychoanalyzed of '70s auteurs in Peter Biskind's classic New Hollywood tell-all Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, William Friedkin may have mellowed since unleashing The Exorcist, sliding into box-office hell, and marrying a major studio boss. Indeed,…
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Film, Get Yer  <i>Ya-Ya</i>s Out

Get Yer Ya-Yas Out

It's no surprise that the Louisiana-born novelist Rebecca Wells has seen her wildly popular books translated into 18 languages, with no fewer than 6 million copies in print. She's no deep-thinking stylist, but she has an unfailing gift for injecting…
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Film, The Same, Only Different

The Same, Only Different

There are a few plot loopholes in Double Jeopardy that, if scrutinized, would unhinge the entire story and seriously truncate the movie's running time. Two of the more gaping ones involve narrow escapes allowed between a profoundly wronged wife and…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): Imagine that I'm waving a fan-shaped splay of hundred-dollar bills in front of your face. I'm teasing and provoking you with jibes. "What would you be willing to do to earn this cash, Aries?" I say.…
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Into the Haze

The cigarette, whose fall from grace is nearly complete, finds sanctuary in Smoke, director Wayne Wang's intricate and edgy new film. People light up as if it were still the 1950s, whether they're eating, talking, fighting, or pondering, and the…
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