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Fear of a Black Hat

Writer-director Rusty Cundieff's first feature (he co-scripted House Party II) seems much in the same spirited vein of comedy mockumentaries as This is Spinal Tap...

Alvaro Rodriguez, Review, Aug. 5, 1994

Foreign Student

In the fall of 1956, Phillippe (Hofschneider) is given his “chance of a lifetime” to leave Paris and go to Asheland-Stuart University in Virginia for...

Brian Baker, Review, Aug. 5, 1994

The Mask

Bank teller Stanley Ipkiss (Carrey) is one of the nicest guys in the world, but he probably couldn't get a date to save his life....

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 29, 1994

Where the Rivers Flow North

The basic story is a familiar one: people fighting to protect their land and their established way of life from the encroachments of “progress” and...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 29, 1994

Black Beauty

I awaited the release of Black Beauty with the anticipation of renewing an affection with a childhood friend and the trepidation of finding that old...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Jul. 29, 1994

Atlantis

Frenchman Luc Besson is perhaps best known for his direction of Subway and La Femme Nikita, the source for the American remake called Point of...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 29, 1994

The Best of the New York Underground

How a film with this title managed to leave out such cinema of transgression auteurs as Richard Kern, Lydia Lunch, and Clint Ruin is beyond...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 29, 1994

Tai-Chi Master

This martial-arts film tells the story of a pair of monks whose paths diverge after they are cast out of their monastery for fighting.

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 29, 1994

The Client

“Objection, your honor! The protagonist is being willfully stupid! Again!” All through this adaptation of John Grisham's best-selling suspenser, I kept wanting to appeal to...

Robert Faires, Review, Jul. 29, 1994

True Lies

After Terminator, Schwarzenegger and Cameron worked together again on this odd mixture of chockablock action movie and restive romantic comedy.

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 22, 1994

Midnight Cowboy

Fueled by two riveting character studies and its exposure of New York City's seamy underbelly, this multi-Oscar-winner screams “contemporary” and “eternal” at once.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 22, 1994

Roadracers

In his first outing (this time his job responsibilities scaled back to director, co-writer, and editor) since the surprise success of El Mariachi, Rodriguez has...

Louis Black, Review, Jul. 22, 1994

"Lesbian Vampires"

The independent shorts in this twofer attempt to shine a new light (or darkness) on those famous monsters of filmland, vampires, by giving strong women...

Robert Faires, Review, Jul. 22, 1994

Lassie

The bitch is back. That huggably heroic canine superstar of film, TV, radio, and print has bounded back into our midst to charm a new...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 22, 1994

North

Rob Reiner goes out on a limb and finds he exceeds the maximum weight requirement for sapling-climbing. In this surreal childhood fable, Wood is young...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 22, 1994

Forrest Gump

Like the chocolates that its titular hero generously offers strangers at a bus stop, this story of a simple man's journey through life and the...

Robert Faires, Review, Jul. 15, 1994

Go Fish

Love at first sight -- fact or fantasy? Few deny that it occurs, but love's path is rarely that direct and immediate. Falling in love...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 15, 1994

In Custody

The longtime producer/co-conspirator of James Ivory's films (Howards End, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, Remains of the Day) takes the helm and directs this intriguing, philosophical...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 15, 1994

Angels in the Outfield

Disney, what hast thou wrought? It is baseball season, sure, but this new entry from the kings of kiddie cinema is a family-oriented heartstring-yanker so...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 15, 1994

Dragons Forever

Jackie Chan and company, circa 1986. Chan, Hung, and Biao, who all started out together as children in the tough-as-nails Peking Opera School (beautifully documented...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 15, 1994

The Short Films of Jane Campion

These four 16mm short films were made by Campion in the early to mid-Eighties, before her feature-length success with Sweetie, An Angel at My Table,...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 15, 1994

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Often cited as the first true horror movie and one of the first films to tell its story through the eyes of a delirious madman, the techniques of this film milestone are rarely imitated. Eschewing naturalism, the movie's sets are all painted in hallucinatory black-and-white designs and the acting, as well, follows Expressionistic techniques popular in Germany at the time.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 15, 1994

The Shadow

“The weed of crime bears bitter fuit.” Early in this latest attempt to put the pulp novel avenger on the screen, the title character sneered...

Robert Faires, Review, Jul. 8, 1994

Desperate Remedies

Overripe like a kiwi gone over way back in the fridge, this New Zealand import is so chock-full of sexual, moral, intellectual, and filmic ambiguity...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 8, 1994

Flaming Ears

Unlike little else that has come before it (except, perhaps, Lizzie Borden's 1983 gem Born in Flames), this 1991, Austrian-made, futuristic, lesbian thriller/romance/science fiction co-direction...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 8, 1994

The November Men

Now I know what can happen after one too many viewings of the Zapruder film of the JFK assassination. You can go mad with conspiracy...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 8, 1994

Cronos

What a strange film this is. The second-highest-budgeted Mexican movie since Like Water for Chocolate, this import is an impressive, disturbing rumination on the ancient...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 8, 1994

I Love Trouble

As clichéd as I Love Trouble is, it still manages to please. Some of the time, anyway. Nolte is Peter Brackett, a star columnist for...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 8, 1994

Salmonberries

Singer k.d. lang makes her acting debut in this hauntingly beautiful movie about dislocation and the search for identity. Filmed in 1991, Salmonberries never had...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 1, 1994

Robotrix

This 1991 Hong Kong action/cheesecake/science fiction/cop movie has been variously described as "Charlie's Angels meets The Terminator" and "a Chinese Robocop invested with the spirit...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 1, 1994

Wing Chun

Hong Kong's reigning queen of action films, Michelle (Supercop: Police Story III) Yeoh, toplines this fun, period martial arts film, unique in its stylistic approach...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jul. 1, 1994

Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp wasn't Gandhi, but you wouldn't know it to look at this weighty Western. It gives the famous lawman the Richard Attenborough treatment: a...

Robert Faires, Review, Jul. 1, 1994

Baby's Day Out

Take The Ransom of Red Chief, Raising Arizona, and the Three Stooges and what do you get? A lot more entertainment than you get in...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Jul. 1, 1994

Blown Away

If Speed is the cartoon, Saturday-matinee film of the summer thus far, then Blown Away is its smarter older brother; the largest action-movie explosion ever...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 1, 1994

Little Big League

What's up with movies about kids and major league baseball these days? It seems like you can't turn around in Hollywood without someone pitching a...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 1, 1994

Getting Even With Dad

What can I say? Macaulay Culkin does what he does best -- the cute kid left to his own wits in a world full of...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jun. 24, 1994

The Lion King

Something old, something new, lots that's borrowed, more that's true. Disney's 32nd animated feature is a hodgepodge of myth, comedy, and recycled parts of previous...

Robert Faires, Review, Jun. 24, 1994

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

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