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2004 Stories by Bill Gallo

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  • Closer to Fine

    published December 2, 2004

    Mike Nichols' new film Closer is a boiling pot of lust, mistrust, and double-dealing that might well be taken for outright soap opera --... More >>

  • Hail to the Drama Queen

    published December 2, 2004

    Margo Channing cracked wiser. And her devious protégée cooked up better schemes to steal the limelight. Still, half a century after they lit up the s... More >>

  • Next Best Thing

    published November 18, 2004

    When shot with verve and skill, so that we can feel the heat and passion of the moment, a concert film is the next best thing to being there.... More >>

  • Like Moths to Flame

    published September 30, 2004

    It was only a matter of time before Hollywood capitalized on the sympathy and admiration that have enveloped the nation's firefighters since 9/11,... More >>

  • Wet Kisses

    published July 22, 2004

    There is nothing mysterious or subdued about Stacy Peralta's enthusiasms. A product of Southern California's vivid beach scene, he's been a surfer... More >>

  • Playing on Fear

    published June 17, 2004

    Getting stranded at snowbound O'Hare for the night is one thing. You call home, maybe knock down a couple of martinis, then grab a blanket. A... More >>

  • The Unlikely Lambs

    published June 3, 2004

    Moviegoers who know the tides of recent Brazilian history will likely get more from Hector Babenco's new prison movie, Carandiru, than the... More >>

  • Pitt and the Pabulum

    published May 27, 2004

    Directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Screenplay by David Benioff, inspired by Homer's The Iliad. Starring Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Diane Kruger,... More >>

  • Kill Wil

    published May 13, 2004

    Suicide made merry. Brotherly devotion tinged with carnal deceit. Personal tragedy transformed by malicious humor. These are some of the... More >>

  • Great Heights

    published March 4, 2004

    Some acts of courage command everyone's respect: the firefighter's return to a burning house to rescue a child, the infantryman's sacrifice of... More >>

  • Score!

    published February 5, 2004

    When the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, consisting of 20 raw college boys, beat the seemingly invincible, state-hardened Soviets and went on to... More >>

  • Elmore or Less

    published February 5, 2004

    Surf's up. Palm trees sway invitingly in the breeze. The sparkling beaches are amply decorated with bikini babes and hard-body surfer dudes.... More >>

  • Lucky in Love

    published January 15, 2004

    William H. Macy's plain-vanilla features and hang-dog screen demeanor have served him well. Who could resist him as the clueless car dealer who... More >>

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