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The Reckless Moment

The last film directed in Hollywood by the great European film stylist Max Ophüls in 1949 is a melodramatic suspense story about love, blackmail, and...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 5, 1996

Someone Else's America

This realistic yet fanciful story about the immigrant experience in Brooklyn is not quite the usual portrait of America as the great melting pot. Neither...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 5, 1996

The Neon Bible

An American cousin to his Distant Voices, Still Lives, Terence Davies' The Neon Bible is an autobiographical memory film that ponders the childhood mysteries of...

Steve Davis, Review, Jul. 5, 1996


Dumb and dumber. No, not Jim Carrey's latest. I'm talking about the recent trajectory of Demi Moore's script choices. I mean, really. First, there's The...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 5, 1996


I love fashion and everything that goes along with it, so I expected a lot from catwalk, a documentary by Robert Leacock (Choices) that follows...

Alison Macor, Review, Jul. 5, 1996

Cemetery Man

Zombie movie based on an Italian comic book.

Marc Savlov, Review, Jun. 28, 1996

Lone Star

Writer/director Sayles squeezes lots of metaphorical juice from the idea of borders in this story filmed on the Texas side of the Rio Grande. Ostensibly a murder mystery, the story exposes many other town secrets.

Robert Faires, Review, Jun. 28, 1996

Welcome to the Dollhouse

Anyone who has suffered the indignity of junior high school will undoubtedly remember the experience as the wonder years: You wonder how you ever managed...

Steve Davis, Review, Jun. 28, 1996

The Nutty Professor

Shadyac's updating of the 1963 Jerry Lewis classic may be a bit more schizophrenic than anyone involved bargained for, bringing together a kinder, gentler Murphy...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jun. 28, 1996


Eraser is pretty much what you'd expect from the new Arnold Schwarzengger vehicle: gargantuan explosions, not-so-witty witticisms, deafening gunfire, first-rate special effects work, and, last...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jun. 28, 1996

The Cable Guy

You know, the more Ben Stiller movies I see, the more I miss his old television show. That brilliant sketch comedy program was unceremoniously yanked...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jun. 21, 1996

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Paradoxically, The Hunchback of Notre Dame may illustrate both the best and worst of what we've come to associate with the Disney product over the...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jun. 21, 1996

From the Journals of Jean Seberg

French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard supposedly described film history as a history of boys photographing girls. For American actress Jean Seberg -- herself one...

Alison Macor, Review, Jun. 21, 1996

Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam

Heidi Fleiss in her own words, and everybody else's. Broomfield, who three years ago directed the startling documentary Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jun. 21, 1996

The Monster

Begnini is mistaken for a sex criminal and murderer by the Italian cops. Hilarity ensues.

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jun. 21, 1996

Land and Freedom

War film, history lesson, love story? Loach's new work is all of these and more, a sometimes-astonishing, sometimes-pedantic look at the Spanish Civil War of...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jun. 14, 1996

Moll Flanders

Moll Flanders is as picaresque as tales come, though that's not a word we generally associate with 18th-century female literary heroines. This new screen adaptation...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jun. 14, 1996

I Shot Andy Warhol

A few hours after the assault, Valerie Solanis walked up to a Manhattan beat cop, handed him a revolver, and said, “I shot Andy Warhol.”...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jun. 14, 1996

Wallace and Gromit: The Best of Aardman Animation

Despite the prominent billing they're given in the movie's title, only one episode here features that increasingly popular duo known as Wallace and Gromit, but...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jun. 14, 1996

Carried Away

Thoreau once observed that most of us endure a life of “quiet desperation.” In the beautifully realized Carried Away, a middle-aged, country schoolteacher, finding himself...

Steve Davis, Review, Jun. 14, 1996

The Phantom

A throwback to the days when superheroes were basically cheerful, gun-toting guys in tights, this adaptation of Lee Falk's King Features comic strip eschews the...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jun. 14, 1996

Cold Comfort Farm

With charm and plucky resolve not unlike that possessed by Cold Comfort Farm's main character Flora Poste (Beckinsale, who played Hero in Kenneth Branagh's Much...

Alison Macor, Review, Jun. 14, 1996


University of Texas alum Rash, director of my personal nomination for most disturbing film of all time, 1981's Under the Rainbow, checks in with this...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jun. 7, 1996

Two Friends

With a keen eye, Jane Campion relates the intricacies of adolescent friendship in her first feature Two Friends. Written by Helen Garner and originally made...

Alison Macor, Review, Jun. 7, 1996

The Last Supper

All the courses are here and so are the nutrients, but The Last Supper, nevertheless, is a less-than-satisfying meal. The problem is not that things...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jun. 7, 1996

The Arrival

Screenwriter Twohy (The Fugitive, Waterworld, Alien3) takes the directing helm in this above-average tale of alien invasion that's less concerned with the invasion itself and...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jun. 7, 1996

The Rock

Explosions and tough-guy heroics rule in this Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer production.

Marc Savlov, Review, Jun. 7, 1996


Dragonheart tells the story of a burned-out 10th-century knight (Dennis Quaid) who joins forces with an 18-foot-high, 43-foot-long, fire-breathing dragon (a computer-generated creation voiced by...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jun. 7, 1996

Spy Hard

Filled to the bursting point with witless, sub-Mad magazine movie parodies, pointless cameos by a seemingly endless parade of has-beens, and once-hysterical, now stale jokes...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, May. 31, 1996

Experimental Films

The final season of the Austin Film Society's year-long 10th anniversary celebration begins Tuesday night at 7pm with the continuation of its free weekly screenings...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 31, 1996

The Horseman on the Roof

The film captures the heroic exploits of an Italian resistance soldier who falls in love with a French noblewoman during the French cholera plague of the early 19th century.

Alison Macor, Review, May. 31, 1996

Butterfly Kiss

Gee… picture this: Amanda Plummer playing a pathologically whacked-out bundle of raw psychotic energy. What's new here, you ask? Lots. For the first time in...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 31, 1996

Man of the Year

In the tradition of mockumentaries, budding director and former Playgirl magazine centerfold Dirk Shafer sets out to dramatize the events that occurred during his year-long...

Alison Macor, Review, May. 31, 1996


There are worse ways to spend a hot summer's evening than sitting in a cool theatre watching playful dolphins leap out of a sparkling blue-green...

Hollis Chacona, Review, May. 31, 1996

Denise Calls Up

At first glance, Denise Calls Up appears to be one long, facile, trendy, overextended cinematic gimmick -- a tale of Nineties technophiles who have forsaken...

Hollis Chacona, Review, May. 24, 1996

Costa Brava

Costa Brava (titled “family album” in English, is nothing if not a labor of love for its director and star Marta Balletbó-Coll. The first feature...

Alison Macor, Review, May. 24, 1996

Dead Man

Jarmusch's elegiac, black-and-white meditation is a dream in the form of a Western about the enterprise of America.

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 24, 1996

Heaven's Prisoners

I like Alec Baldwin. Really I do. So, it hurts me every time he appears in messy, scattershot films like this one. I'm thinking about...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 24, 1996

Mission: Impossible

The television series Mission: Impossible was heady, trippy stuff in the late Sixties -- brilliant disguises and calculated deceits, all to a signature musical theme...

Steve Davis, Review, May. 23, 1996

The Journey of August King

August King is a young, white, widowed farmer who lives alone in the mountains of North Carolina in the early decades of the 19th century....

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 17, 1996

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