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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | May 11, 2007
For much of his career, Paul Verhoeven has specialized in films about people who will do anything to get ahead (Showgirls), the upper hand (Basic Instinct) or the bad guy (RoboCop). His movies have been relentlessly over-the-top, cinematic train wrecks from which audiences couldn't avert their eyes, even if they felt guilty afterward for reveling in such unapologetic exploitation. Black Book (Sony Pictures Classics) Starring Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch. Directed and co-written by Paul Verhoeven.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | May 11, 2007
For much of his career, Paul Verhoeven has specialized in films about people who will do anything to get ahead (Showgirls), the upper hand (Basic Instinct) or the bad guy (RoboCop). His movies have been relentlessly over-the-top, cinematic train wrecks from which audiences couldn't avert their eyes, even if they felt guilty afterward for reveling in such unapologetic exploitation. Black Book (Sony Pictures Classics) Starring Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch. Directed and co-written by Paul Verhoeven.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | August 4, 2000
There are bad movies, and then there are movies so offensive, so aggressively witless, so objectionable on so many grounds they leave the viewer speechless. Count "Hollow Man" among the latter. Kevin Bacon plays a young scientist who discovers how to make things invisible in this aptly named movie, a mish-mash of pseudo-science, sexism and gore that no doubt has Claude Rains spinning - tastefully, of course - in his grave. It's no surprise when Bacon's character, Sebastian Caine, injects himself with a drug to make himself disappear, nor does it come as a shocker when this arrogant, leering little brat uses his newfound powers to mess with people's minds and sexually molest a colleague.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | August 4, 2000
There are bad movies, and then there are movies so offensive, so aggressively witless, so objectionable on so many grounds they leave the viewer speechless. Count "Hollow Man" among the latter. Kevin Bacon plays a young scientist who discovers how to make things invisible in this aptly named movie, a mish-mash of pseudo-science, sexism and gore that no doubt has Claude Rains spinning - tastefully, of course - in his grave. It's no surprise when Bacon's character, Sebastian Caine, injects himself with a drug to make himself disappear, nor does it come as a shocker when this arrogant, leering little brat uses his newfound powers to mess with people's minds and sexually molest a colleague.
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By David Kronke and David Kronke,Special to The Sun | February 5, 1995
Los Angeles -- Sharon Stone spent years in the trenches, surviving awful movies like "King Solomon's Mines," "Action Jackson" and "Scissors," and bit parts in "He Said, She Said" and "Irreconcilable Differences." An ice pick and a silk scarf -- tools of her character's trade in "Basic Instinct" -- put an end to that.Now one of the most popular and most handsomely paid actresses in Hollywood, Ms. Stone writes her own ticket. She's co-producing her latest effort, "The Quick and the Dead," which opens Friday.
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By Michael Ollove and Michael Ollove,SUN STAFF | November 15, 1997
Harry Houdini, the greatest escapologist the world has ever known, promised his wife that if he died before she did, he would try to return to her from beyond the grave.For a less audacious, less imaginative man, such a vow would have been merely ludicrous. But for the first quarter of the 20th century, Houdini had astounded the whole world by extricating himself from every imaginable restraint. His resolve to cheat even death carried an undeniable plausibility, so much so that hundreds of thousands of people regarded his burial as only a first act.If anyone could return from the Great Beyond, who else but the "Master Mystifier"?
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | September 17, 1995
If you like them soft and sweet and full of human caring, shop elsewhere this fall. On the other hand, Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain are happily lighting stogies of celebration up there in the saloon that is hard-boiled heaven, for theirs is the dominant aesthetic sensibility this fall. The new movies, or at least a significant proportion, appear to be classic tough-guy stuff, a threnody of scabby, sleazy violence and hucksters, con artists, hit men and grifters -- as well as cops.
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By Los Angeles Daily News | April 24, 1992
LOS ANGELES -- This year's Cannes Film Festival will be bracketed by two major U.S. productions: Paul Verhoeven's "Basic Instinct" on opening night and Ron Howard's "Far and Away" as the final attraction.They head an unusually long list of U.S. films being shown during the prestigious May 7-18 event. Joining "Basic Instinct" in the festival competition are Robert Altman's "The Player," Hal Hartley's "Simple Men," Sidney Lumet's "Close to Eden," David Lynch's "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" and Gary Sinise's "Of Mice and Men."
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By Dave Rosenthal | August 2, 2012
I had low expectations for the remake of"Total Recall,"one of my favorite movies. And it appears that they have been met. The movies are based on the great Philip K. Dick's 1966 short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale. " Dick was asci-fi master, and his works have been adpated for many other movies, including "Minority Report," "King of the Elves" and"The Adjustment Bureau. " The original, 1990 "Total Recall," which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone, dealt with the blurred line between memory and reality as the hero confronted an improbable plot.
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By Larry Hackett and Larry Hackett,New York Daily News | March 20, 1992
"I had wanted to make a thriller for a long time," Dutch director Paul Verhoeven says over the phone from the Netherlands. "But a thriller in Holland always looks silly, because society is so peaceful."Anything but peace has marked the making of "Basic Instinct." The sex-soaked whodunit about a rogue cop and a bisexual beauty has been awash in conflict since shooting began last spring.Mr. Verhoeven, whose films include "Robocop" and "Total Recall," insists the homosexuality is merely a plot device, but gay groups contend "Basic Instinct" trades in the worst gay stereotypes, equating lesbianism with murderous jealousy and hatred of men.Mr.
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By Michael Ollove and Michael Ollove,SUN STAFF | November 15, 1997
Harry Houdini, the greatest escapologist the world has ever known, promised his wife that if he died before she did, he would try to return to her from beyond the grave.For a less audacious, less imaginative man, such a vow would have been merely ludicrous. But for the first quarter of the 20th century, Houdini had astounded the whole world by extricating himself from every imaginable restraint. His resolve to cheat even death carried an undeniable plausibility, so much so that hundreds of thousands of people regarded his burial as only a first act.If anyone could return from the Great Beyond, who else but the "Master Mystifier"?
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | September 17, 1995
If you like them soft and sweet and full of human caring, shop elsewhere this fall. On the other hand, Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain are happily lighting stogies of celebration up there in the saloon that is hard-boiled heaven, for theirs is the dominant aesthetic sensibility this fall. The new movies, or at least a significant proportion, appear to be classic tough-guy stuff, a threnody of scabby, sleazy violence and hucksters, con artists, hit men and grifters -- as well as cops.
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By David Kronke and David Kronke,Special to The Sun | February 5, 1995
Los Angeles -- Sharon Stone spent years in the trenches, surviving awful movies like "King Solomon's Mines," "Action Jackson" and "Scissors," and bit parts in "He Said, She Said" and "Irreconcilable Differences." An ice pick and a silk scarf -- tools of her character's trade in "Basic Instinct" -- put an end to that.Now one of the most popular and most handsomely paid actresses in Hollywood, Ms. Stone writes her own ticket. She's co-producing her latest effort, "The Quick and the Dead," which opens Friday.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | March 12, 2001
Microprose's Starship Troopers is mildly entertaining - but really won't appeal to you unless you have lots of time and patience. This is a squad-based roleplaying strategy game in which you complete missions as a lieutenant in charge of a group of soldiers. The game is based on the interstellar space odyssey directed by Paul Verhoeven and released by TriStar Pictures back in 1997 with some references to the original 1950s sci-fi novel by Robert A. Heinlein. The story is pretty simple.
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By Bob Strauss and Bob Strauss,Los Angeles Daily News | April 8, 1992
Those two tag teams of outstanding cinematic athletes -- "White Men Can't Jump's" Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson, and "Basic Instinct's" Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas -- were neck and neck in the weekend box-office playoff.In the end, Ron Shelton's basketball comedy nosed Paul Verhoeven's mixed-doubles sex thriller by less than $775,000.Considering both pictures brought in more than $10 million apiece, the difference was negligible and -- at two-week and three-week cumulatives of just less than $30 million and $50 million, respectively -- "Jump" and "Instinct" are both well on their ways to the $100 million winners circle.
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