Michael Sragow

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  • 16 years ago | Film Reviews

    Just as David Cronenberg's The Fly (1986) came off as an organic reaction to a terrible new wasting disease, his new movie crystallizes the confusions of an epoch that can't decide whether it's the Entertainment Era, the Information Age, or the Di...

  • 16 years ago | Film Reviews

    "I hope it's better than The Truman Show," said the woman in line behind me at the publicized "sneak preview" of EDtv. Afterward, a man in my row declared, "That was a lot better than The Truman Show." Pretentious high-concept films like The Truma...

  • 16 years ago | Film Reviews

    Self-serving confessions are a mainstay of bestseller lists; now we're doomed to see their ilk on screen. 20 Dates is the not-so-verite story of Myles Berkowitz, a tyro filmmaker in his mid thirties who tries to advance his career and up his happi...

  • 16 years ago | Film Reviews

    The Deep End of the Ocean starts out as a maternal horror movie and ends up as a family therapy session. Michelle Pfeiffer plays Beth Cappadora, the photographer wife of restaurateur Pat (Treat Williams) and mother of two sons and an infant daught...

  • 16 years ago | Film Reviews

    In the 1993 hit Groundhog Day, Bill Murray played a smart-ass Today show wannabe weatherman who grew into a human being. Murray added a core of warmth and romance to his comic arsenal without losing his zinging wit and crack-up irony, and he's kep...

  • 16 years ago | Film Reviews

    Jimmy Cagney brought the same electric physicality to gangsters that he did to song-and-dance men. He gave a bright-eyed mug like his character in The Public Enemy extraordinary powers of attraction and repulsion. In The General, Brendan Gleeson e...