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The First Wives Club

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and Hollywood hath no peer in depicting such women on screen. Where else could one see three...

Alison Macor, Review, Sep. 20, 1996

The Rich Man's Wife

There has already been at least one remake of Alfred Hitchcock's deliciously witty, maliciously thrilling Strangers on a Train, and it openly aspired to comedy....

Hollis Chacona, Review, Sep. 20, 1996

Feeling Minnesota

A project developed at Robert Redford's acclaimed Sundance Institute, Feeling Minnesota (the title is taken from a Soundgarden lyric) may have the polish and sheen...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 20, 1996

Maximum Risk

When he's firing on all cylinders, Hong Kong's Ringo Lam is one of contemporary cinema's most accomplished (and diversified) action filmmakers, having directed everything from...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Sep. 20, 1996

Ma Saison Préférée

The 1993 French film Ma Saison Préférée is a small, subtle film about family relationships. Essentially, the story investigates the manner in which two estranged...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 20, 1996

Girls Town

“This ain't no 90210,” quips Patti (Taylor), a high school senior in writer-director Jim McKay's provocative and edgy feature film debut Girls Town. And is...

Alison Macor, Review, Sep. 13, 1996

Bulletproof

What's up with Ernest Dickerson? The formerly brilliant cinematographer for Spike Lee (Malcolm X, Jungle Fever, Do the Right Thing) has of late taken to...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 13, 1996

Fly Away Home

In this lovely film, a grieving, 13-year-old girl discovers orphaned geese eggs that she teaches to fly.

Hollis Chacona, Review, Sep. 13, 1996

The Crow: City of Angels

More often than not, film sequels are inferior things, pale shades of their predecessors, born shrouded in a caul of Tinseltown greed sometimes months before...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 6, 1996

The Spitfire Grill

Human redemption and decency are shown to be very real possibilities in The Spitfire Grill, a movie whose superlative performances outweigh its frequent narrative clichés....

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 6, 1996

The Stupids

Dear Scum Pig of an Ex-Husband://¶//I swore that I would never communicate with you in any fashion after I divorced your free-loading ass, but after...

Steve Davis, Review, Sep. 6, 1996

The Search for One-Eye Jimmy

A curious little independent film straight out of Brooklyn that would have worked better as a 20-minute short than an 80-minute feature, One-Eye Jimmy haphazardly...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 6, 1996

The Trigger Effect

It opens with a wildly impressive four-minute-long Steadicam shot that slides languidly through a hostile maze of patrons at a crowded multiplex, lighting occasionally on...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 6, 1996

Bogus

Bogus -- that's the name of the imaginary friend belonging to this story's little boy. “Bogus” is not my review, however, it could be. It's...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 6, 1996

Suite Sixteen

Suite 16 starts off promisingly. A young, handsome male hustler named Chris (Kamerling) seduces older women on the French Riviera and then robs them when...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 6, 1996

Celestial Clockwork

Venezuelan director Fina Torres (Oriana) produces, writes, and directs her second effort entitled Celestial Clockwork, a film that has moments as infectious as the ever-present...

Alison Macor, Review, Sep. 6, 1996

Carpool

How a Ramones ditty ever came to be the bright spot in this otherwise dull and annoying little comedy is anyone's guess. By the time...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Aug. 30, 1996

Solo

A Mexican-American co-production that combines elements of both The Terminator and Yojimbo, and then mixes them with Van Peebles' turbo-charged, balls-to-the-wall acting skills and William...

Marc Savlov, Review, Aug. 30, 1996

Iceman Cometh

A dizzying fantasy flick that never takes itself too seriously, Iceman Cometh (perhaps better known under its more appropriate handle, The Time Warriors) is probably...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Aug. 30, 1996

First Kid

As kids' comedies go, this one's fairly topical and, better yet, amusing. Sinbad plays a Secret Service agent, Sam Simms, who longs for the plum...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Aug. 30, 1996

She's the One

Bruce Springsteen mused lyrically about the opposite sex in his song “She's the One,” and writer-director Edward Burns (The Brothers McMullen) makes a similar but...

Alison Macor, Review, Aug. 30, 1996

The Island of Dr. Moreau

Watching Brando in The Island of Dr. Moreau, you find yourself wondering: Is he the most brilliant actor who ever lived or the most accomplished...

Steve Davis, Review, Aug. 30, 1996

A Very Brady Sequel

It's rare that a sequel lives up to its predecessor in either box-office revenue or audacious storytelling, but it's also rare to find one this...

Marc Savlov, Review, Aug. 29, 1996

Basquiat

Basquiat gives the appearance of being a film biography of the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, the black American painter of Haitian descent who rose to the...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Aug. 23, 1996

House Arrest

Attention, Wallace Shawn fans: In this film, our man Wally gets to stretch somewhat as an actor, playing a salesman for a big-and-tall men's clothing...

Robert Faires, Review, Aug. 23, 1996

Original Gangstas

Where the hell is Rudy Ray Moore? We've got Black Caesar, Slaughter, Foxy Brown, Superfly, and Shaft, but no Dolemite? Oh well, they're probably saving...

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

Tales From the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood

The Dennis Miller Show… with nekkid vampire-vixens. That's it in a coffin-nail, but I doubt anyone's going to let me off that easily, so… Part...

Marc Savlov, Review, Aug. 23, 1996

Emma

I must confess that the only writing of Jane Austen I've ever read is the first 30 pages of Emma right before I saw this...

Alison Macor, Review, Aug. 16, 1996

Alaska

If you can manage to overlook some annoying gaps in logic and the relentless bombast of the ever-present musical score, Alaska is a pretty decent...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Aug. 16, 1996

Tin Cup

Fore! Loath as I am to use even one golf metaphor, etiquette does require that I warn you. You're about to get bonked on the...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Aug. 16, 1996

Kansas City

The indefatigable Robert Altman is back with a new movie Kansas City that once again, like Nashville and The Player before it, tackles an entire...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Aug. 16, 1996

The Fan

Try though he might, all the dreamy angles and soft-focus rain spatter in Tony Scott's (True Romance, Top Gun) considerable bag of tricks can't give...

Marc Savlov, Review, Aug. 16, 1996

Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud

A hard-working woman with a slacker spouse accepts a no-strings-attached job from an older man, which grows into a deep friendship.

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

Switchblade Sisters

This nifty little movie is full of all the lurid teases, off-the-cuff production values, and trenchant topicality that make exploitation movies the fascinating cultural time capsules they are.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Aug. 15, 1996

Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation Two

Aahhhhh… another year, another Spike and Mike cartoon extravaganza. This most recent installment of their fairly popular Sick and Twisted franchise certainly lives up to...

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

John Carpenter's Escape From L.A.

It's been 15 years since Carpenter's futuristic cowboy-noir archetype Snake Plissken (Russell) unpenned the President from the New York City Maximum Security Prison, but then...

Marc Savlov, Review, Aug. 9, 1996

Walking and Talking

Although it took first-time writer/director Nicole Holofcener five years to get Walking and Talking to theatres, this film is definitely worth the wait. Rarely does...

Alison Macor, Review, Aug. 9, 1996

Jack

By virtually anyone's standards, Jack – a listless family comedy and bland morality primer – would be a one-star movie, the kind of thing that's...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Aug. 9, 1996

Matilda

Slipping easily from honeyed sunlight to malevolent shadow and back again, Danny DeVito's big-screen adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda alternately warms and chills but never...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Aug. 9, 1996

Eastern Condors

A world-class war movie that recalls everything from certified tough-guy classics like The Dirty Dozen to Sylvester Stallone's silly Rambo epics (with a dash of...

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

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