Publications

Anna and the King

James Bowman

At the beginning of Anna and the King, directed by Andy Tennant and adapted by Steve Meerson from The English…

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Any Given Sunday

James Bowman

Oliver Stone’s latest, Any Given Sunday, is not for those, like me, who are put off by the Oliver Stone’s…

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Cider House Rules, The

James Bowman

The Cider House Rules, directed by Lasse Hallström, is the inspiring tale of an abortionist, Dr. Wilbur Larch (Michael Caine),…

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Cradle Will Rock

James Bowman

Cradle Will Rock is a huge disappointment—nothing but a vanity project for Tim Robbins, who wrote and directed it. It’s…

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End of the Affair, The

James Bowman

There is a scene in Neil Jordan’s adaptation of Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair in which the hero,…

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Fight Club

James Bowman

I didn’t bother going to see Fight Club when it came out in October because, having seen Seven and The…

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Galaxy Quest

James Bowman

Galaxy Quest, directed by Dean Parisot and written by Robert Gordon and David Howard is a hilariously funny spoof of…

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Girl, Interrupted

James Bowman

Everything that is important in Girl, Interrupted, directed by James Mangold and based on the memoir by Suzanna Kaysen, can…

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Green Mile, The

James Bowman

What is it about Frank Darabont and prisons? Or, for that matter, Stephen King and prisons? Having already idealized prison…

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Hurricane, The

James Bowman

In The Hurricane, Norman Jewison is going through the motions. His film takes an ostensibly true story which also conforms…

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Magnolia

James Bowman

Magnolia, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, is like David O. Russell’s Three Kings in being an impressive display…

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Play it to the Bone

James Bowman

Play It To the Bone, directed by Ron Shelton, is a Woody Harrelson movie in every sense of the term…

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