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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

Fargo

The Coen brothers return to their Blood Simple roots with this bizarre, dialect-strewn tale of a kidnapping gone very wrong that's filled with the their trademark graveyard wit and unique camera angles.

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 22, 1996

Ghost in the Shell

Lacking the imaginative thrills and rich characterization as such previous Japanese-animated imports like Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira and Hirohiko Yamaga's The Wings of Hommeamise, Mamoru Oshî's...

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

The Adventurers

Popular Hong Kong singer-actor Andy Lau Tak-wah stars as a vengeance-obsessed air force pilot in Ringo Lam's latest effort, The Adventurers -- a less-than-perfect, but...

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

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

Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision

Oscar-winning documentary about the famed artist.

Alison Macor, 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

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

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