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Forces of Evil

Forces of Nature Rating * Has redeeming facet Directed by Bronwen Hughes Written by Marc Lawrence With Sandra Bullock, Ben Affleck, Maura Tierney, Steve Zahn, and Blythe Danner. By Gina Fattore Forces of Nature, starring Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock, was the highest-grossing movie in the country the weekend it opened. Thousands of moviegoers–I’m guessing […]

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Always a Bridesmaid

My Best Friend’s Wedding Rating *** A must see Directed by P.J. Hogan Written by Ronald Bass With Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, and Rupert Everett. By Gina Fattore Susan Faludi offers several definitions of feminism in her introduction to Backlash, one of them a rather modest formulation by Rebecca West. “I myself have […]

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Sex and the Single Guy

Return with me momentarily to the apartment of Mary Richards, single successful career girl of the 70s. Our heroine is explaining the birds and the bees to her landlady’s daughter, Bess, who wants to know if loving a boy means you have to have sex with him. No, no, no, Mary shouts as she jumps […]

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Emma Goes to the Mall

Clueless *** (A must-see) Directed and written by Amy Heckerling With Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Dan Hedaya, Justin Walker, and Breckin Meyer. It seems unlikely that Jane Austen would have enjoyed the MTV beach-party premiere of Clueless, Amy Heckerling’s savvy new film version of Austen’s novel Emma. Even when she was alive, Jane […]

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Apostrophe Yes

To the editors: Let me get this straight: Jonathan Rosenbaum’s main complaint about Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence is that the opening title reads “New York City, the 1870’s” instead of “New York City, the 1870s”? [“Social Climbing,” September 17]. Will someone please inform Mr. Rosenbaum that English grammar did not come to us […]