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Stephen King's Thinner

Another Halloween, another Stephen King adaptation. This time out, it's more precisely a Richard Bachman (the pseudonym under which King's book was originally published) novel...

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 1, 1996


“You’re so money and you don’t even know it.”

Alison Macor, Review, Nov. 1, 1996

Looking for Richard

Al Pacino is looking to better understand William Shakespeare's Richard III. And he's looking everywhere. Throughout the course of Looking for Richard (which was shot...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 1, 1996

Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business

We all know the screen image of Carmen Miranda: the fiery Brazilian bombshell in the fruit- and banana-bedecked hat, the samba songstress and mistress of...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 1, 1996

The Leopard Son

The Leopard Son initially gives the appearance of being some half-breed offspring of The Lion King. Rather than a Disney cartoon, the film is a...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 1, 1996

William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet

This Shakespeare rendition is not so much a reconceptualization as a recontextualization of the 400-year-old play. This Romeo + Juliet is a rich visual feast, besotted with the fervor of its acrobatic camerawork and kinetic staging and its mind-bending aggregation of unrelated but resonant fragments of 20th century iconography. It is a Shakespearean work thoroughly conceived for the screen. DiCaprio and Danes again prove that they are two of the best actors of their generation. And William Shakespeare has once more demonstrated that he is a storyteller for all time.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 31, 1996


Sleepers probably won't be as controversial as the book upon which it is based -- Lorenzo Carcaterra's recent bestseller of the same name -- but...

Steve Davis, Review, Oct. 25, 1996

The Associate

Whoopi Goldberg's career machinations remain a mystery to me, and this new film from the director of Grumpy Old Men only heightens the terminal suspense:...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 25, 1996

Trees Lounge

Buscemi wrote, directed, and stars in this penetrating movie about a hopeless alcoholic who nevertheless hopes for something more out of life. The attentions of a lusty 17-year-old (Sevigny) is the last thing this guy needs.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 25, 1996

Small Faces

Far too frequently, the space between adolescence and manhood is occupied by gang membership. Whether it's the Sharks and the Jets, the Mods and the...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 25, 1996

The Wooden Man's Bride

What would you do if you were forced to marry a jarful of ashes? That's the surreal predicament faced by the beleaguered heroine of The...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Oct. 25, 1996


A white-trash riff on Little Red Riding Hood, the oddly titled Freeway is a road movie that hits a dead end. While allusions to the...

Steve Davis, Review, Oct. 25, 1996

Michael Collins

Neil Jordan's (Interview with the Vampire, The Crying Game) latest feature Michael Collins overflows with historical significance. Not only is it one of the few...

Alison Macor, Review, Oct. 25, 1996

To Gillian On Her Thirty-Seventh Birthday

How do you hold on to someone after that person has died? And at what point do you let go? These are just some of...

Alison Macor, Review, Oct. 25, 1996

City on Fire

Not since Michael Moore was caught playing fast and loose with the timeline of Roger & Me has critical attention been so sharply attentive, as...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 25, 1996

Paperback Romance

A somewhat agreeable romantic comedy carried, for the most part, by the natural chemistry shared by its two attractive stars, Paperback Romance has all the...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Oct. 18, 1996

Surviving Picasso

As a painter, Pablo Picasso was brilliant. As a lover and husband, he could be a horror show. Picasso's relationships with women are as legendary...

Alison Macor, Review, Oct. 18, 1996

Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story

This biopic provides an introduction to the work of Dorothy Day, activist for the disenfranchised and founder of the newspaper called The Catholic Worker.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 18, 1996

Get on the Bus

Spike Lee's one-year anniversary commemoration of the Million Man March is a smart, funny, passionate, and open-ended tribute to the spirit of the unprecedented gathering...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 18, 1996

Everything Relative

As the much-awaited, closing-night film of this year's Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, Everything Relative played to an appreciative and warm audience. Writer-director-producer...

Alison Macor, Review, Oct. 18, 1996

Paradise Lost: The Child Murders of Robin Hood Hills

On May 5, 1993, the horribly mutilated and abused dead bodies of three eight-year-old boys -- Steven Branch, Christopher Byers, and Michael Moore -- were...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 18, 1996

The Ghost and the Darkness

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend two hours inside the skull of Papa Hemingway? Here's your chance to find out....

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 18, 1996

Secrets & Lies

The international reputation of British director Mike Leigh has grown phenomenally in recent years with the popularity of 1988's High Hopes and 1990's Life Is...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 18, 1996


I love Hal Hartley's images. I may not always be as enthusiastic about his films, but with cinematographer Michael Spiller, Hartley never fails to create...

Alison Macor, Review, Oct. 11, 1996

Glory Daze

From the pen of Rich Wilkes, whose less-than-illustrious screenwriting career has thus far given us such execrable comedies as Airheads, Billy Madison, and The Jerky...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Oct. 11, 1996


One cooks, the other doesn't. 301 and 302 are the numbers of neighboring apartments in this South Korean mystery/comedy. The woman in 301 (Bang) is...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 11, 1996

The Chamber

Based on John Grisham's 1994 bestseller, The Chamber comes to us hot on the heels of another Grisham adaptation, this year's smash hit A Time...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Oct. 11, 1996

D3: The Mighty Ducks

Yes, they're all back, those lovable cut-ups you remember from Mighty Ducks and D2 -- Banks, Fulton, the wise-cracking Averman, Connie, even Goldberg, the pudgy,...

Nick Barbaro, Review, Oct. 11, 1996

The Long Kiss Goodnight

Davis plays a suburban mom, amnesiac, and trained-to-kill bottle blonde.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 11, 1996

A Perfect Candidate

If you're not already cynical enough about the American political system this election year, then A Perfect Candidate is the perfect experience to send you...

Steve Davis, Review, Oct. 11, 1996


Essentially a one-joke movie, Curdled began life as a 30-minute student film by Reb Braddock and John Maass, and though I haven't seen the original...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 11, 1996

The Glimmer Man

When it comes to Steven Seagal movies, the first question that comes to mind isn't really “Is it any good?” but rather, “How bad is...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Oct. 11, 1996

Savior of the Soul

As incomprehensible as Akira, and as forcefully stylized as Blade Runner, Saviour of the Soul is a hyperkinetic amalgam of Chinese ultra-violence, creepy twin sisters,...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Oct. 11, 1996

That Thing You Do!

In 1964, in Erie, Pennsylvania, any group of kids who had access to a set of drums, a couple of electric guitars, and a garage...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Oct. 4, 1996

Grace of My Heart

Edna Buxton (Douglas) is an heiress from Philadelphia who, at the beginning of Grace of My Heart, wins a singing contest that launches her transformative...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 4, 1996

American Buffalo

Notes from a Business 101 course taught by David Mamet: The two most important principles in any transaction are: (1) Fuck the other guy; and...

Robert Faires, Review, Oct. 4, 1996


Matthew Broderick's directing debut may seem an unlikely choice -- it's a chapter from the early years of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman's autobiography --...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 4, 1996

Big Night

Big Night is, in a word, delicious -- not since Eat Drink Man Woman has a movie celebrated the joy of cooking and the exhilaration...

Steve Davis, Review, Oct. 4, 1996


There is no better way to while away a Sunday afternoon than with this sprawling saga about the growth of Texas and the families that...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 3, 1996


The impressive co-directing debut of the Wachowski Brothers has visual style to burn – not to mention a hot story about two women who fall in love and plot to pilfer a couple million from mobsters.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 3, 1996

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