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Kika

The unrepentantly twisted Almodóvar returns to form after the disappointing Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! with this genuinely bizarre indictment of everything from tabloid...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jun. 24, 1994

Wolf

A werewolf movie for the Nineties. Nicholson is Will Randall, a New York book editor who strikes a wolf one night while traveling through Vermont....

Marc Savlov, Review, Jun. 24, 1994

The East is Red

Bizarre, bloody, and beautiful are just a few words to describe this Tsui Hark production, actually a deceptively titled sequel to his popular Swordsman series,...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jun. 24, 1994

Thank God I'm a Lesbian

With wit and style, the title makes it perfectly clear where this Canadian documentary is coming from. Essentially a talking heads documentary, the film cuts...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jun. 24, 1994

White

White is the second part of Polish filmmaker Kieslowski's three-color trilogy. Based on the French Tricolor of blue, white, and red, Kieslowski (The Double Life...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jun. 24, 1994

Earth and the American Dream

The dream is over, and Bill Couturié's provocative documentary about America's blithe destruction of its natural resources sounds the wake-up call. This ambitious film takes...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jun. 17, 1994

Project S (aka Once a Cop)

Hong Kong film lesson time again, just so you know what you're seeing: Once a Cop (or Project S, its Asian title) is actually Supercop...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jun. 17, 1994

City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold

One of the blurbs for City Slickers II, from Patty Spitier of WISH-TV, Indianapolis, proclaims this “The best sequel since The Godfather.” In the real...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jun. 17, 1994

Silent Tongue

In Sam Shepard's Silent Tongue, the late River Phoenix stars as Talbot Roe, a griev-ing, half-mad prairie farmer who keeps watch over the corpse of...

Alvaro Rodriguez, Review, Jun. 17, 1994

Raining Stones

This politically scathing British film by director Ken Loach (Riff-Raff) might best be described as “kitchen-sink comedy,” named after the late-1950s to '60s British school...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jun. 10, 1994

The Endless Summer II

This movie's spectacular cinematography and awe-inspiring surfboard feats are so breathtaking that you needn't be a surfing nut to get stoked on The Endless Summer...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jun. 10, 1994

The Princess and the Goblin

At times, it seems children are the easiest to fool. Watching The Princess and the Goblin, I remembered the highly publicized incident a few years...

Alvaro Rodriguez, Review, Jun. 10, 1994

The Cowboy Way

The Cowboy Way is not a good way. It is a stunningly bad movie whose only lifeblood pumps from Woody Harrelson's swagger and grin. The...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jun. 10, 1994

Widows' Peak

There's a twist at the end of the mostly excellent period mystery Widows' Peak that'll probably have the masses chatting nearly as much as The...

Alvaro Rodriguez, Review, Jun. 10, 1994

Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould

Structured by Bach's Goldberg Variations, this film biography offers 32 brief glimpses of the short life of the ever-eccentric Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. Each section...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jun. 10, 1994

Speed

Action. Action. Action. More Action.

Marc Savlov, Review, Jun. 10, 1994

Naked in New York

Hallucinatory hiccups. That's what Jake, the young writer hero of this Dan Algrant film, has to contend with as he has his first play produced...

Robert Faires, Review, Jun. 10, 1994

The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl

At three hours and one minute, this (along with Leni Riefenstahl's recently released autobiography) has got to be the final, exhaustive say on the life...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jun. 10, 1994

Love and Death in Saigon

Hey. Wait a minute, pal. Just how many Tony Leungs do we need, anyway? There are so many these days that they have to be...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jun. 10, 1994

Renaissance Man

Dead Poets Society meets Stripes. I hate easy tags like that one as much as you probably do, but in this case, it fits like...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jun. 10, 1994

The Flintstones

You'll believe a man can propel a car with his feet. And that may be about all you believe. This big budget, big screen, live...

Robert Faires, Review, Jun. 3, 1994

Grief

A most unlikely titled comedy, Grief is something like what Soapdish might have been if John Waters had scripted the movie. It's a behind-the-scenes look...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jun. 3, 1994

Germinal

Set amidst the coal-mining French countryside of the 19th century, Berri's adaptation of the Emile Zola novel is a sprawling, lengthy (158 minutes), and thoroughly...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jun. 3, 1994

Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King

There came a point when Jeff Feuerzeig became so fed up with the lack of attention his favorite band -- Half Japanese -- was getting...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 27, 1994

Maverick

Nothing in this film is serious, from the dialogue to the in-jokes to the costumes, everything is played for subtle laughs. As an updated version...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 27, 1994

Leprechaun 2

Rodman Flender, huh? Yeah, sure, whatever. Do I really need to tell you that Leprechaun 2 stinks on ice? I doubt it, but I will...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 27, 1994

Little Buddha

Tibetan monks on the Seattle monorail. A fair-skinned, blond-headed, American gameboy in a sea of dark-haired residents of Kathmandu. Such are the images in Bertolucci's...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 27, 1994

Beverly Hills Cop III

I was wondering what it would take for me to fondly remember Eddie Murphy's recent flops, Boomerang and The Distinguished Gentleman. Now I know. Beverly...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 27, 1994

Love on Delivery

Okay, picture this: A literal army of about fifty or so kung fu sex maniacs chasing a young girl down the street, all of them...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, May. 20, 1994

Babyfever

The ever-idiosyncratic Henry Jaglom will win few new fans with this one-note investigation of contemporary women's feelings about having babies. Co-written with his real-life wife...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 20, 1994

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

What this film adaptation of Tom Robbins' popular Seventies novel may ultimately prove is that when the prevailing wisdom regards a particular book as “unfilmable,”...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 20, 1994

Three Ninjas Kick Back

All movies hope to turn a buck, though few of them actually attain this goal (at least, not in any substantial measure). Then there are...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 20, 1994

Charlie's Ear

It's Harold Blodgett's (Pendleton) birthday, and the poor guy's having a rough time of it. The alarm clock won't shut off, his wife (Hyland) won't...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 20, 1994

A Million to Juan

Unlike the ongoing boom in films made by and aimed (primarily) at African-Americans, we haven't seen much of the same trend at work in the...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 20, 1994

Crooklyn

Spike Lee's follow-up to his grand-scale bio-epic Malcolm X is a slice-of-life family drama set in 1970s Brooklyn. Instead of the elaborate, cross-continental filming required...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 13, 1994

When a Man Loves a Woman

Though it takes its name from Percy Sledge's Sixties hit and leads off with it on the soundtrack, this film by director Mandoki (Gaby --...

Robert Faires, Review, May. 13, 1994

Dialogues With Madwomen

Part testimonial document, part preventive talisman, and part social indictment, Dialogues with Madwomen gives voice to seven articulate women telling their tales of madness and...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 13, 1994

La Strada

This Academy Award-winner sealed Fellini's reputation as a director of international renown. La Strada represents a fertile cross-pollination of Fellini's noted tendencies toward both stark neorealism and symbolic expressionism. It stars Masina in one of her most memorable roles as the simple naïf, who is bought for a bowl of food by a roadshow strongman (Quinn) who treats her brutishly. An overwhelming humanism underscores the whole film and leaves its ultimate meaning up to interpretation.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 13, 1994

Clean Slate

Didn't Dana Carvey learn anything from his last Hollywood debacle, the odious, wildly unpopular Opportunity Knocks? From the looks of things, I guess not. Clean...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 13, 1994

Being Human

A nifty idea that goes everywhere (and nowhere). Williams takes another turn for the dramatic (which, in the past, has almost always resulted in a...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 13, 1994

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