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The Flower of My Secret

This florid film comes across like Almodóvar riffing on Fassbinder's The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant and Douglas Sirk's (Imitation of Life). The story about a writer who is dissatisfied with her life marks the return of Almodovar's dark, delicious humor.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 26, 1996

Mrs. Winterbourne

The improbabilities pile up on top of each other in Mrs. Winterbourne, an anxious-to-please romantic comedy about mistaken identity that sounds vaguely familiar. Let's see:...

Steve Davis, Review, Apr. 26, 1996

The Truth About Cats and Dogs

An intriguing title is about the only thing The Truth About Cats and Dogs has going for it. Let's start with some facts. Director Michael...

Alison Macor, Review, Apr. 26, 1996

The Substitute

The Substitute can only hope to capitalize on the inexplicable success of last year's Dangerous Minds, despite being an even sillier white bread fantasy. Like...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Apr. 26, 1996

Celtic Pride

Although this movie is called Celtic Pride it's clear that the filmmakers haven't the slightest idea what the word “pride” means. The movie is a...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 26, 1996

Rome, Open City

A new 35mm print has been struck of this 1945 hallmark in Italian neo-realism. Though part of this movie's enduring appeal is its gritty look...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 25, 1996

Anne Frank Remembered

Through the years, the figure of Anne Frank has become emblematic of the horrors of the Holocaust. It is to this young girl's diaries we...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 19, 1996

Institute Benjamenta

The first full-length film from the twin masters of the sublime and bizarre is also their first to utilize, to any great degree, human actors....

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 19, 1996

Fear

Stock characters and unintentionally funny dialogue doom this film about a beleaguered father who tries to protect his smitten daughter from a drug-dealing, trash-talking, randomly violent psychopath.

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

The Young Poisoner's Handbook

Loosely based on the real-life misadventures of Great Britain's notorious Graham Young, Benjamin Ross' feature debut is a clever, wry, and thoroughly creepy take on...

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 19, 1996

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie

In a move that, temporarily, may appease the thousands of ticked-off fans angry at Comedy Central for canceling the cable program Mystery Science Theater 3000...

Alison Macor, Review, Apr. 19, 1996

A Thin Line Between Love and Hate

The opening shot recalls Sunset Blvd.: a fully dressed man floating face down in a swimming pool as the voiceover begins to relate how this...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 19, 1996

Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy

Canadian comedy troupe hits the big screen with this movie about the humorous side effects of a new drug.

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 12, 1996

Frankie Starlight

Once upon a time, a novelist-professor named Chet Raymo wrote a magically sweet story called The Dork of Cork. Director Michael Lindsay-Hogg (The Object of...

Alison Macor, Review, Apr. 12, 1996

Omaha (The Movie)

This is an expanded reprint of the Austin Chronicle review that ran in March 1995 when the film premiered in Austin at that year's SXSW...

Alison Macor, Review, Apr. 12, 1996

Lamerica

Having come to Austin screens sporting an impressive pedigree of critical acclaim, the award-winning Lamerica certainly holds quite a bit of promise for foreign cinema...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Apr. 12, 1996

It's My Party

It's my party and you'll cry me a river. There's no escaping the waterworks in this manipulative yet endearing tearjerker. Written, produced, and directed by...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 12, 1996

Love in the Time of Twilight

A charming romance that finds time for ghosts, time travel, disembodied body parts, hideously deformed monsters, and the greatest bile-spewing set-piece since the infamous “Mr....

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Apr. 12, 1996

The White Balloon

This simple yet appealing movie from Iran's burgeoning film industry is proving to be quite a crowd-pleaser. This first feature by Jafar Panahi won both...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 12, 1996

Jane Eyre

In movie language, Jane Eyre is one of those literary classics for which the term “oft-filmed” was invented. Nothing wrong with that, either. I mean,...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 12, 1996

James and the Giant Peach

In bringing Roald Dahl's book to the screen, the filmmakers have preserved the author's diminutive, fantastic perspective and created a vision of childlike wonder and terror.

Robert Faires, Review, Apr. 11, 1996

Germany Year 90 Nine Zero

It figures that if Jean-Luc Godard, the reigning film provocateur of the Sixties, were to make a sequel to one of his movies, it would...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 5, 1996

The Reggae Movie

The title says it all. No interviews. No commentary. Just 18 acts, including some of the biggest names in reggae music, doing their thing live...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Apr. 5, 1996

Roujin-Z

In the 21st century, scientists have found the perfect solution to dealing with elderly invalids: the Z-001, a high-tech “Superbed” that mechanically cares for the...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Apr. 5, 1996

Primal Fear

When a beloved Chicago archbishop is brutally murdered, celebrated criminal defense lawyer Martin Vail (Gere) pounces on the case. His client is Aaron Stampler (Norton),...

Alison Macor, Review, Apr. 5, 1996

Nobody Loves Me

Fanny (Schrader) is 29 years old and German. She has a decent but unfulfilling job in airport security frisking passengers prior to boarding. She lives...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 5, 1996

Sgt. Bilko

Austin Chronicle film editor Marge Baumgarten commented the other day that Phil Silvers' Sgt. Bilko was her first introduction to the fact that not all...

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 5, 1996

Faithful

A hit man, a husband, and a wife mix it up for the couple's 20th wedding anniversary. That's the premise of this new comedy starring...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 5, 1996

Flirting With Disaster

Taking the concept of the dysfunctional family to a degree that might even boggle Leo Tolstoy's mind, Flirting With Disaster is every son or daughter's...

Steve Davis, Review, Apr. 4, 1996

A Family Thing

Picture this. A white man in his 60s, born and bred in Arkansas, learns on his mother's deathbed that she is not his biological mother....

Alison Macor, Review, Mar. 29, 1996

Diabolique

Yet another mediocre remake of a brilliant French film. The original, directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot in 1955, is a taut nail-biter that takes its cues...

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 29, 1996

Girl 6

A beautiful mess. Lee's take on the phone-sex industry opens with a shot of Girl 6 (Randle), an aspiring actress, as she reads a monologue...

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 29, 1996

The Element of Crime

The Element of Crime, von Trier's first feature-length film (originally released in 1984), is proof-positive that the Danish director has been at the same game...

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 29, 1996

Last Summer in the Hamptons

To appreciate a Henry Jaglom film (Baby Fever, Eating) one must be prepared for a different kind of filmmaking: a style that includes lots of...

Alison Macor, Review, Mar. 29, 1996

Race the Sun

You might as well call this movie Hot Runnings. Once again, a troop of misfits band together to accomplish the extraordinary. You know the cast...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Mar. 29, 1996

Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud

Upon hearing the name Buckminster Fuller, certain phrases spring instantly to mind: geodesic dome, Spaceship Earth, Dymaxion car. A major theoretical thinker of the 20th...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 29, 1996

Little Indian, Big City

This inexplicably popular French comedy concerns a stockbroker who discovers that he has a 13-year-old son who was raised in the jungle, whom he now brings to Paris. It was remade in the U.S. with Tim Allen in 1997 as Jungle 2 Jungle. These Americans – quel idiots! Don’t they know that something so funny the first time around can never be improved on?

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 29, 1996

Halfmoon

Three short stories by Paul Bowles are brought to the screen in Halfmoon. United by their common themes of revenge and human cruelty, each 30-minute...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 29, 1996

World and Time Enough

Mark (Guidry) is an artist and a radical activist. Joey (Giles) is a garbage collector who brings home stray artifacts he culls from the junk...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 29, 1996

The Delicate Art of the Rifle

Following its inclusion in the SXSW Film Festival, The Delicate Art of the Rifle has been held over for a world theatrical premiere at the...

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

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