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The Bodyguard From Beijing

Hong Kong martial arts superstar Jet Li Lien-jie leaves his pigtail, swords, and spears behind for this entertaining modern-day action picture, opting instead for a...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Oct. 21, 1994

London

Narrated in the diffuse tones of Paul Scofield, Keiller's film is an atypical documentary look at modern London through the eyes of a pair of...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 21, 1994

Risk

“Sexy energy” is how Nikki (Price) describes the dynamic between her brother Joe (Ilku) and his girlfriend Maya (Sillas) in Deidre Fishel's debut film Risk....

Alison Macor, Review, Oct. 21, 1994

Pulp Fiction

Tarantino's second feature film lights up the screen with the same blazing torch that it carries for the idea of the movies.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 14, 1994

Only You

Note to Norman Jewison: Shots of the night sky and Italian spices do not a fine romance make. It's hard not seeing this comedy d'amore...

Robert Faires, Review, Oct. 14, 1994

Faust

The release of a new film by Svankmajer is always cause for celebration, and Faust is no exception. Svankmajer, the Czechoslovakian king of surreal animation,...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 14, 1994

First Shot

Neat stuff. A historical crime drama that, interestingly, takes place in Hong Kong of the early 1970s. The Hong Kong police force is rife with...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 14, 1994

The Specialist

Both Stallone and Stone have been aching for a hit of late; suffice to say, this quickly cobbled together ghost of a film isn't it....

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 14, 1994

Princess Caraboo

A female vagrant (Cates) appears suddenly in the British town of Bristol in 1817. She speaks some unrecognizable language and not a word of English,...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 7, 1994

Sex, Drugs & Democracy

This sure isn't Rush Limbaugh country. Prostitution is legal. The sale of marijuana is an accepted practice yet the sale of guns is illegal. Abortions...

Brian Baker, Review, Oct. 7, 1994

Blue Sky

A scene occurs three-quarters of the way through Blue Sky in which Carly Marshall (Lange) is driving with her two daughters to Nevada. Their blue...

Alison Macor, Review, Oct. 7, 1994

Return to a Better Tomorrow

With the Hong Kong martial arts epics of the last two years going out of style, the filmmakers from the free city seem more eager...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Oct. 7, 1994

Ed Wood

This biographical film is charming, melancholy, strange, and quirkily humorous. There's also a certain irony in giving the silver-screen treatment to the most infamous of bargain-basement directors and his motley crew of hangers-on.

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 7, 1994

Thieves Quartet

Ostensibly a film noir, Chappelle's feature debut borrows heavily from previous heist/crime films (Brando's 1969 The Night of the Following Day was cited by some)...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 7, 1994

Bhaji On the Beach

A simple sojourn at the seaside. A retreat from the cares of daily life. That's what this day trip for some “Asian Ladies” from Birmingham,...

Robert Faires, Review, Sep. 30, 1994

The River Wild

There's something empowering about watching Meryl Streep navigate the rapids in The River Wild. Directed by Curtis Hanson (The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, The...

Alison Macor, Review, Sep. 30, 1994

Dragon Lord

An important film in the development of Hong Kong action cinema, Dragon Lord is not one of Jackie Chan's best movies, but it is one...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Sep. 30, 1994

The Scout

I should say that I'm a huge Albert Brooks fan. He is always hilarious no matter what film he's in. So, when The Scout began...

Brian Baker, Review, Sep. 30, 1994

Jason's Lyric

Set in the crumbling, prideful world of Houston's Fifth Ward, Jason's Lyric is the story of two brothers, the responsible, upstanding Jason (Payne), and the...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 30, 1994

The Shawshank Redemption

Frank Darabont's debut feature based on the Stephen King novella receives a 10th anniversary reissue. The prison drama features standout performances by Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins.

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 23, 1994

Terminal Velocity

Charlie Sheen's name is an almost perfect anagram for “Hail Cheese,” which makes almost perfect sense in light of this post-summer blockbuster wannabe. Playing off...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 23, 1994

Quiz Show

Trying to pinpoint precisely when 20th-century America lost its innocence is a futile pursuit; it presupposes that this nation of contradictions initially had virtue to...

Steve Davis, Review, Sep. 23, 1994

Anchoress

Striking visuals and a theme that transcends its 14th-century setting mark Chris Newby's debut film Anchoress. The film's screenplay is loosely based on two letters...

Alison Macor, Review, Sep. 23, 1994

Mi Vida Loca: My Crazy Life

From the opening moments, you know you're seeing something that you've hardly seen before in a commercial movie. Sad Girl (Aviles), a Latina gang girl...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 23, 1994

New Legend of Shaolin

If you were one of the 100 or so audience members turned away during the Riverside's initial run of this movie, the latest action film...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Sep. 23, 1994

Zeram

Slickly produced and stylishly directed, bursting with good special effects and generous production values, Zeram is both a good example and a fine introduction to...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Sep. 23, 1994

The Boys of St. Vincent

Loosely based on the Mount Cashel scandal of a few years back, this two-part Canadian television docudrama investigates the nightmarish world of a Catholic-run orphanage...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 16, 1994

Naked Killer

John Woo on acid. Yam is Hong Kong police inspector Tannan, a frail, emasculated cop who's living under the trauma of having seen his own...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 16, 1994

Killing Zoe

Quentin Tarantino sans the witty dialogue. Basically a straightforward French bank heist film, Killing Zoe is the directorial debut of Roger Avery, Tarantino's longtime pal...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 16, 1994

Just Like a Woman

“He's just a normal heterosexual man, who happens to enjoy dressing up in frocks.” This is the first description Monica (Walters) gives of her new...

Brian Baker, Review, Sep. 16, 1994

Trial by Jury

In the first few minutes of Trial By Jury, I felt a familiar panic as I realized that Hollywood had churned out yet another slick...

Alison Macor, Review, Sep. 16, 1994

Spanking the Monkey

After completing his freshman year at M.I.T., Ray (Davies) stops home in Connecticut for a brief visit with his parents before continuing on to Washington,...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 16, 1994

On the Cutting Edge: Four Short Films About Violence Against Women

This 1992 film compiles four short, experimental films that all examine the topic of violence against women. Beyond this shared theme, they all have little...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 16, 1994

Timecop

In a future in which time travel has become possible, a cop's life is torn asunder by political malfeasance.

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 16, 1994

A Good Man in Africa

The director of Driving Miss Daisy makes his second safari into Africa (the first was Mister Johnson) and comes back with a satire about Brits...

Robert Faires, Review, Sep. 16, 1994

The Next Karate Kid

And hopefully the last. Swank is 17-year-old Julie Pierce, orphaned by the sudden death of her parents and sent to live with her grandmother, who...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 16, 1994

King of the Sea

Lo Wai Kwong, the super-kicking bad guy from Jackie Chan's Drunken Master II, teams up with ludicrously named Seventies trash chopsocky star Conan Lee for...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Sep. 9, 1994

The Blue Kite

Chinese director Tian Zhuangzhuang's early films (On the Hunting Ground, Horse Thief) have been compared to the films of pioneer documentarian Robert Flaherty (Nanook of...

Alison Macor, Review, Sep. 9, 1994

Erotique

The producers of Erotique were motivated by the idea of making a compilation film of “intelligent erotica.” I suspect that's a classy way of saying...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 9, 1994

There Goes My Baby

Summer school has just let out at Westwood High in Los Angeles, casting the last stragglers from the graduating class of 1965 out into the...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 9, 1994

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