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Antonia's Line

The writing on the wall reads “Welcome to our liberators” as Antonia and her teenage daughter Danielle light from the bus that delivers them to...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 22, 1996

Executive Decision

For the first 20 minutes or so, Executive Decision couldn't look any more run-of-the-mill, or any more hopeless for that matter, as it opens with...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Mar. 22, 1996

A Midwinter's Tale

Oh, there's no people like show people! I mean, who else would hole up in a drafty old church in a tiny English village at...

Robert Faires, Review, Mar. 15, 1996

Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco

In this sequel to Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, the filmmakers essentially duplicate the recipe of the first, winsome movie but change the location from...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Mar. 15, 1996

French Twist

Those rollicking French! Only a French director could explore sexual politics and the depths of romantic love with apparent ease, and only Josiane Balasko (Ma...

Alison Macor, Review, Mar. 15, 1996

Hellraiser: Bloodline

This fourth and, presumably, final entry into the ever-deteriorating Hellraiser series is by far the worst of the lot: a jumbled, unsatisfying, and ultimately boring...

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 13, 1996

Saint of Gamblers

This is the latest piece of indefensible garbage from that most prolific of Hong Kong filmmaking hacks, Wong Jing. Yet somehow, despite the fact that...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Mar. 13, 1996

If Lucy Fell

Reality Bites redux. Well, not really, but it is hard to not draw comparisons when all the big laughs come every time Ben Stiller's onscreen....

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 8, 1996

Down Periscope

The Wackiest Ship in the Army meets Operation Petticoat at McHale's house. For canasta. Major League director (and, believe it or not, the man who...

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 8, 1996

Angels and Insects

Angels and Insects, the new film from director Philip Haas (The Music of Chance), seeks to explore parallels between the societal structure of insects and...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Mar. 8, 1996

The Birdcage

Based on its French predecessor, La Cage aux Folles, this American comedy tells the story of two gay men trying to pass as straight for a family gathering.

Alison Macor, Review, Mar. 7, 1996

Heavy Metal

With music by Blue Oyster Cult, Black Sabbath, Cheap Trick, Devo, Grand Funk Railroad, Sammy Hagar, Journey, Nazareth, Stevie Nicks, this animated anthology is a heady mix of sci-fi, sex, and early Eighties hard rock.

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 7, 1996

Before and After

Before and After is ostensibly about that precise moment when a person's life changes forever, that immutable point of no return. What the movie really...

Steve Davis, Review, Mar. 1, 1996

Mary Reilly

A gothic little slip of a film, beautiful to behold but with less substance than the shadowy tendrils of fog that blanket nearly every scene....

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 1, 1996

Shanghai Triad

Blessed with a cinematic sensibility that appears only every so often -- Coppola, Scorsese, Almodovar, and Tarantino come to mind, to name just some of...

Steve Davis, Review, Mar. 1, 1996

The Convent

The Convent is the first international venture by the 87-year-old Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira (Valley of Abraham), whose film career stretches back to the...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 1, 1996

Up Close and Personal

Why was it that every time I saw the trailer for Up Close and Personal, I felt that I ought to be seeing Jane Fonda's...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 1, 1996

The City of Lost Children

This follow-up from the same Frenchmen who made Delicatessen fancies itself a fairy tale – albeit a dark and scary one that's jam-packed with enough strange characters and wild mythologies for at least three movies.

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Feb. 29, 1996

Richard III

He is the most audacious villain on the planet. He kills the King of England. He kills the heir to the throne, then woos his...

Robert Faires, Review, Feb. 23, 1996

Angela

“We're Christian Scientists,” 10-year-old Angela (Rhyne) explains to a new friend. “We use electricity to make people's souls clean.” Angela's definition of her and her...

Alison Macor, Review, Feb. 23, 1996

Mr. Wrong

Any movie that has the word “wrong” in the title should be very, very careful to get things right. The makers of this movie were...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Feb. 23, 1996

Gospa

In English, the Croatian word “Gospa” translates as “Our Lady.” If “Our Lady” is someone with whom you'd like to spend more time, then Gospa...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 23, 1996

Unforgettable

Hideaway meets Quincy at Sid's house. Unforgettable is a disappointing fourth outing for director Dahl, whose previous efforts include the brilliant Red Rock West and...

Marc Savlov, Review, Feb. 23, 1996

Rumble in the Bronx

This fast-paced, funny film served as America's introduction to Jackie Chan and the hyperactive world of Hong Kong action filmmaking.

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Feb. 23, 1996

Bottle Rocket

The Wilson brothers made their auspicious, no-budget film debut with this deadpan caper film.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 22, 1996

Happy Gilmore

First Billy Madison, now Happy Gilmore. Yes, former Saturday Night Live cast member Adam Sandler continues his bid for big-screen stardom with this similarly titled,...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Feb. 16, 1996

Rhythm Thief

This is a reprint of the Austin Chronicle review that ran last March when the film premiered in Austin during the 1995 SXSW FIlm Festival....

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 16, 1996

City Hall

Hardly the nail-biting suspense thriller the ad campaign has played it up to be, City Hall is instead a thoughtful meditation on the workings of...

Marc Savlov, Review, Feb. 16, 1996

Beautiful Girls

Although its title suggests otherwise, Beautiful Girls is firmly attuned to the twentysomething male perspective, a point of view that is focused on the mystery...

Steve Davis, Review, Feb. 9, 1996

Broken Arrow

A lively action picture with a spirited sense of humor, Broken Arrow is a great deal of fun, even if it isn't exactly a return...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Feb. 9, 1996

The Juror

This juror's verdict on this preposterous new thriller is to lock it up for life and toss away the key. No mercy. At best, you...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 9, 1996

Postcards From America

Based on the autobiographical writings of the late, gay author and artist David Wojnarowicz, Postcards from America is a memory play, a remembrance of how...

Steve Davis, Review, Feb. 2, 1996

Dead Man Walking

Sarandon won an Oscar for her performance as Sister Helen Prejean in this nuanced story about capital punishment.

Alison Macor, Review, Feb. 2, 1996

Restoration

The redemption of the wayward man is a favorite theme in the popular arts; in countless books, plays, and films, the arc of the hero's...

Steve Davis, Review, Feb. 2, 1996

The Kingdom

Originally created for Danish television, this four-and-a-half hour epic from von Trier (Zentropa) is a sumptuous feast of the sublime and the bizarre, both darkly...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jan. 19, 1996

Mr. Holland's Opus

Mr. Holland's Opus is the kind of movie that only a person who really doesn't like movies could love. It's a movie whose grandiose swagger...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jan. 19, 1996

Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood

An idiotic parody of the so-called “hood” genre, Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood is filled to...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jan. 19, 1996

Johnny 100 Pesos

With his second feature, Johnny 100 Pesos, Chilean director and co-writer Gustavo Graef-Marino (The Voice) begins with a story taken from riveting, real-life material but...

Alison Macor, Review, Jan. 19, 1996

The Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace

I just don't get it. In 1975, Stephen King published a short story entitled The Lawnmower Man, a grisly little item about a naked freak...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jan. 19, 1996

From Dusk Till Dawn

Vampires, whiskey, sex, and Hayek's famous snake dancing color this film.

Marc Savlov, Review, Jan. 18, 1996

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