Movies

Film: A tale of two Rambos

Movie | Demi Moore goes macho while Sylvester Stallone gets real
by Chris Stamper
Posted 9/13/97, 12:00 am

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Film: Paranoid fiction

Movie | Hollywood imagines conspiracies; Washington fuels them
by Chris Stamper
Posted 8/23/97, 12:00 am

With every new movie, Hollywood reflects more of the growing distrust of power that creeps across America. Earlier this year, Absolute Power and Murder at 1600 gave us death in the White House. Now, Conspiracy Theory gives us black helicopters, CIA mind-control experiments, and secret earthquake machines on the Space Shuttle.

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Film: Lost in the cosmos

Movie | Summer hits capture our alien nation's fixation on aliens
by Chris Stamper
Posted 7/26/97, 12:00 am

Space aliens make great wax noses. They reflect what we think of ourselves and our future; their depiction can soothe or reinforce our insecurities about ourselves. Right now humanity is being invaded with stories about visitors from other planets.

Contact is the late Carl Sagan's farewell gift to the universe. Star Jodie Foster plays a radioastronomer who finds signals coming from a planet billions and billions of miles away.

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