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Menace II Society

The feel-good movie of the summer? Well, no. First-time directors (and twin siblings) Allen and Albert Hughes tread John Singleton's (Boyz N the Hood) territory...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jun. 4, 1993

Wide Sargasso Sea

Ever wonder in Jane Eyre how the first Mrs. Rochester went mad and came to be locked away in that tower? Author Jean Rhys wondered...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jun. 4, 1993

Léolo

Dreams are capricious things, as apt to menace as to amuse, and I don't know anyone who can claim to have tamed them. But writer/director...

Hollis Chacona, Review, May. 28, 1993

Bodies, Rest & Motion

Fluff masquerading as angst. Based on Roger Hedden's play of the same name, Steinberg's film version aims to be a twentysomething slice of life, but...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 28, 1993

Hot Shots! Part Deux

From one of the guys that brought you the Airplane! series comes another in what looks to be a highly profitable comedy series. As in...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 28, 1993

Sliver

The whole world is watching... or at least that's what the makers of Sliver would have us believe. Initial business is likely to be brisk...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 28, 1993

Happily Ever After

Disney is theatrically re-releasing its 1937 classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs this summer, so there's no time better than the present to break...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 28, 1993

Watch it

Flynn's debut as writer-director perhaps should have been subtitled Men Who Fear Intimacy and Commitment, and the Women Who Don't Want to Resist Them, for...

Pamela Bruce, Review, May. 21, 1993

Posse

The beginning is both startling and exciting. A monologue by Woody Strode becomes the voiceover narration of this Western. It is the perfect moment, Posse...

Louis Black, Review, May. 21, 1993

The Last Days of Chez Nous

This Australian film from director Armstrong (My Brilliant Career, Mrs. Soffel) presents a microcosmic story of an extended family in the twilight hours before its...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 21, 1993

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe

There's so much to life. So much uncertainty, so much we can't control. And everybody -- the punk teen, the elderly couple, the bag lady,...

Robert Faires, Review, May. 21, 1993

Star Time

Imagine cross-pollinating Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer with some of David Cronenberg's early work. Now imagine tossing in a bit of David Lynch, some...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 21, 1993

Lost in Yonkers

Neil Simon here has quite successfully adapted his Pulitzer prize-winning stage play for the screen. While Lost in Yonkers is chock-full of the kind of...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 21, 1993

Emma & Elvis

Emma & Elvis is the first work of fiction by noted documentary filmmaker Julia Reichert (Seeing Red, Union Maids, Growing Up Female). In the transition,...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 14, 1993

Olivier, Olivier

Written and directed by the woman who, last time out, gave us the surprise foreign film hit Europa, Europa, I can only say that I...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 14, 1993

Map of the Human Heart

Breathtaking in both its narrative scope and its cinematography, Map of the Human Heart is an epic love story between two half-breeds: Avik, an Eskimo...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 14, 1993

Sidekicks

All of you who have at one time nursed the notion that Joe Piscopo may be some sort of lower life form are proven correct...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 7, 1993

Close to Eden

There's a kind of loopy fiction yet anthropological honesty to this Russian-made (and French-produced) movie set in the isolated steppes of Chinese Inner Mongolia. Modern...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 7, 1993

Three of Hearts

Though fashioned like an old-time screwball comedy, Three of Hearts' presentation of its central love triangle is thoroughly contemporary. A rejected lover hires an “escort”...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 7, 1993

Full Contact

While it may lack the self-assured, stylistic integrity of John Woo's films, this recent Hong Kong import more than makes up for it in its...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 7, 1993

The Night We Never Met

If this were only slighter, it might be more substantial. Brian (Anderson) is getting married and has already moved in with his girlfriend. In order...

Louis Black, Review, May. 7, 1993

Splitting Heirs

Splitting Heirs starts with a truly awful title pun and goes downhill from there, proving once again that Michael Palin is really the only Python...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 7, 1993

Bound by Honor

“No Baptist sermon, eh?” So crack the young heroes of this saga of Chicano brotherhood whenever they feel they're being lectured. And as often as...

Robert Faires, Review, May. 7, 1993

Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story

Though it could hardly be termed a stroke of luck, the timing of this Bruce Lee film bio could hardly be better. Ever since his...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 7, 1993

Dave

Scrambling after the Frank Capra crown, Ivan Reitman offers up Mr. Prisoner of Zenda Goes to Washington, a charming political comedy. Small-time actor and employment...

Louis Black, Review, May. 7, 1993

Like Water for Chocolate

Like Water for Chocolate, a simmering cauldron of romance and revolution, passion and purity, mysticism and witticism, is a powerful and heady brew. Based on...

Hollis Chacona, Review, May. 7, 1993

Ishi: The Last Yahi

This wonderful, award-winning, hour-long documentary is an absorbing, eye-opening look at the dichotomous American obsession with “savagery” and “civilization.” It recounts the history of the...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 7, 1993

Mac

Set in the racial melting pot of Queens, New York in 1954, Turturro's autobiographical tale is loosely based on the life of his father, a...

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 30, 1993

Blue Planet

Winner of numerous awards, including the Nastro D'Argento (Italy's equivalent to the Academy Awards) and the United Nations Award for Film and Television, this 1981...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Apr. 30, 1993

This Boy's Life

This Boy's Life is based on author Tobias Wolf's autobiographical memoir about growing up in the Fifties in the company of his divorced and seemingly...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 30, 1993

The Dark Half

For all twelve of you out there who didn't read Stephen King's book while it lingered on the Times best-seller list for several months, this...

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 30, 1993

Twogether

Somewhere near the end of this indie feature about the lifestyles and foibles of the young and uncommitted, a character exasperatedly exclaims: “You can't change...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 30, 1993

Volere, Volare

Much in the same manner as Roberto Benigni's Johnny Stecchino, Nichetti's Volere, Volare joins the growing trend of Italian films that puts a Latin spin...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Apr. 30, 1993

Indian Summer

I've short-sheeted beds and belted out camp songs with the best of them. Indian Summer made me long to be back in one of those...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Apr. 30, 1993

Once Upon a Time in China II

Funny thing about Chinese film sequels: they tend to be better than their originals. Take this one for example. Whereas Once Upon A Time in...

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 30, 1993

Who's the Mannull

The opening barber shop scene in this film promises a devilish trip through the world of Harlem street and shop life. As the camera wanders...

Louis Black, Review, Apr. 30, 1993

Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography

If you can get past that RTF 301 title, what you'll find here is an extremely engrossing meditation on an aspect of most films that...

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 30, 1993

Boiling Point

Gerald Petievich's novels are usually tensely atmospheric thrillers that feed on themselves, layering scenes, characters and dialogue until Los Angeles, the city that seems to...

Louis Black, Review, Apr. 23, 1993

Peking Opera Blues

Deception and betrayal in culture and politics take center stage in this splendid narrative that shifts between farce and violence, suspense and emotionality.

Pamela Bruce, Review, Apr. 23, 1993

Ethan Frome

Based upon the novel of forbidden passion and despair in the grim, frostbitten rural life of 19th-century New England, the cinematic version of Ethan Frome...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Apr. 23, 1993

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