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The Joy Luck Club

I love to cry while watching movies, but I prefer to do it on my own terms. I hate being told when to cry. I'd...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 8, 1993

Orlando

At times breathtaking, at times frustrating, Orlando is an always intriguing fiction that examines life, literature, social mores and sexual difference over the period of...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 8, 1993

Malice

Malice is well-named. It's a seething cauldron of animosity and venom that wants to spill over onto the viewer's lap. Maybe it depends on how...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 1, 1993

The Program

This hodgepodge of little stories about the members of a college football team contending for a championship is flaccid seasonal fare that will do all...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 1, 1993

Warlock: The Armageddon

Young Druids in Love. Anthony Hickox, who seems to be making quite a name for himself in the bad sequels department (his Hellraiser III seriously...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 1, 1993

A Bronx Tale

With A Bronx Tale, Robert De Niro makes a strong debut as a feature film director. The tendency, at first, is to suspect that De...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 1, 1993

The Good Son

Like Stepfather, like Son. Well, sort of. In the latest chapter of his “Hey! There's a Psycho in the Family” series, director Ruben (The Stepfather,...

Robert Faires, Review, Oct. 1, 1993

Cool Runnings

This movie about those most unlikely of sports heroes – the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team – is often silly but almost never funny.

Hollis Chacona, Review, Oct. 1, 1993

The Legend of Fong Sai-Yuk

Like the equally legendary Chinese folk hero Wong Fey-Hong, compatriot Fong Sai-Yuk was also partial to defending his kung fu-impaired brethren from the dishonest scoundrels...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 24, 1993

The Age of Innocence

I suppose I never had enough unrequited angst percolating through my high school years to take full pleasure in the works of Edith Wharton. I...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 24, 1993

Airborne

Filters. I don't normally think about filters as much as I did while watching this movie. If someone had spent half as much time thinking...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 24, 1993

Striking Distance

Patrolman Tom Hardy (Willis), from a Pittsburgh cop family, has testified against his partner and cousin (Pastorelli), helping to send him to jail. The same...

Louis Black, Review, Sep. 24, 1993

Police Story II

In the second part of Chan's Police Story opus, his detective is demoted to a traffic cop for his previous escapades but that still doesn't keep him out of trouble.

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 17, 1993

The Real McCoy

For once, it's good to see an actress step into the lead role of an action-adventure film -- a place that is usually reserved exclusively...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Sep. 17, 1993

Undercover Blues

When I was a kid, my mom would pop up a grocery bag full of popcorn, let us each pick a can from the tantalizing...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Sep. 17, 1993

The Young One

In 1961, while still working in Mexico, the great surrealist/moralist/atheist filmmaker Luis Buñuel released his only English language film, The Young One. New 35mm prints...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 17, 1993

True Romance

Written by wunderkind Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs) and directed by Tony Scott (Top Gun), True Romance is nothing if not consistently entertaining. It's the prototypical...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 17, 1993

Into the West

Into the West takes place once upon a time in modern Ireland. Papa Riley (Byrne) clearly loves his two young sons Tito (Conroy) and Ossie...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 17, 1993

The Wedding Banquet

A darling of the past year's festival circuit, The Wedding Banquet wins fans with its sunny disposition as it turns a contemporary story about a...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 17, 1993

The Music of Chance

Chance abounds in this intriguing adaptation of Paul Auster's novel, and there's a chance you may like one half and not like the other. Filmmaker...

Robert Faires, Review, Sep. 17, 1993

Kalifornia

Hillbilly white trash squalor collides head-on with the urban artsy, always-dressed-in-black set in this moderately suspenseful crime drama that bears a slightly suspicious resemblance to...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Sep. 10, 1993

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media

As the title suggests, this nearly three-hour long documentary focuses on the work of MIT linguistics professor Chomsky, a man who is not only one...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 10, 1993

Romper Stomper

You know you're in for something different when the main character's first line of dialogue is a nerve-rattling “Fuck you!” directed squarely at the audience...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 10, 1993

Hard Boiled

(This print of Hard Boiled is John Woo's “director's cut” which includes several extra minutes deleted from the initial release print. Let's see... that ought...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 10, 1993

Equinox

Equinox is a movie in the process of becoming a story. It is alternately frustrating, exciting, irritating, intriguing, isolated and involving. Like the dualities implied...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 10, 1993

El Cid

For this re-release of the 1961 epic El Cid, the film has been restored to its original condition. One of the most spectacular mega-productions ever...

Louis Black, Review, Sep. 10, 1993

Boxing Helena

Writer/director Lynch -- yes, she's the daughter of Twin Peaks guru David Lynch and it shows -- has generated much notoriety for her debut feature's...

Robert Faires, Review, Sep. 10, 1993

Calendar Girl

Mere calendars would be insufficient to gauge the sense of time one experiences while watching this movie. Eons might be a proper context if one...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 10, 1993

Fortress

Certain films make me very glad I'm paid for what I do here. This is one of them. Despite the fact that director Gordon has...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 10, 1993

Only the Strong

The hook driving this latest entry in the martial arts film sweepstakes is capoeira, the Brazilian athletic technique that combines dance and martial arts moves....

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 3, 1993

Father Hood

Although Patrick Swayze has had the good fortune to be associated in the past with a couple of blockbusters (Dirty Dancing and Ghost), with Father...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 3, 1993

The Thing Called Love

Miranda Presley (Mathis) takes the bus from New York to Nashville to make it as a singing/songwriting star. Trying out and then waitressing at the...

Louis Black, Review, Sep. 3, 1993

Son of the Pink Panther

Never one to let Peter Sellers rest in peace while he could extract another simoleon from the cash cow that is the “Pink Panther” series,...

Robert Faires, Review, Sep. 3, 1993

City Hunter

What a marvelously silly film this is! Packed to the hilt with non-stop comic book action (the whole schmeer is loosely based on the adult...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 3, 1993

Needful Things

Out of the almost 20-plus Stephen King film adaptations thus far, you can honestly count the “good” ones on the fingers of one hand. And...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 3, 1993

The Cure Show

This is rock group the Cure's second feature-length concert film following The Cure in Orange. Filmed with 16 cameras over the course of two nights...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 3, 1993

The Man Without a Face

Pretty boys can act screams this movie, Mel Gibson's directorial debut in which he also stars. (Yeah right, and white men can jump, says I.)...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Aug. 27, 1993

Surf Ninjas

California surf dudes are actually heirs to an Asian island empire that has been taken over by an evil despot.

Louis Black, Review, Aug. 27, 1993

Dragon Inn

Tsui Hark -- fast becoming the Roger Corman of Hong Kong cinema -- is back with another of his mystical period pieces featuring still more...

Marc Savlov, Review, Aug. 27, 1993

Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me

Move over, John Waters and Paul Bartel. There's a new, fresh auteur on the guilty pleasure/psychotronic/cult film block. A one-time actor turned budding director and...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Aug. 27, 1993

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