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Rock and Roll Cop

Hong Kong action director Kirk Wong, who gave Jackie Chan his most serious role in last year's Crime Story, hits the bulls-eye with this politically...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Nov. 18, 1994

The Santa Clause

When Santa falls off his roof, a man forgets to read the fine print before signing on as his substitute.

Hollis Chacona, Review, Nov. 18, 1994

The Professional

Enigmatic hitman becomes unlikely caretaker of and mentor to the girl next door. The film features wonderful performances and lots of visual panache.

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 18, 1994

The Conviction

Once upon a time, Italian filmmaker Marco Bellochio's name was uttered in the same anticipatory breath as Bertolucci's and Pasolini's. His first couple of films...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 18, 1994


“I don't want revenge. I want understanding,” a college student tells a professor after reporting him to a tenure committee for sexual harassment. And it...

Robert Faires, Review, Nov. 18, 1994

The Last Seduction

This ain't no morality play. As with director Dahl's earlier work (Kill Me Again, Red Rock West), The Last Seduction is a noir-type thriller with...

Alison Macor, Review, Nov. 18, 1994

Shelf Life

Director Paul Bartel has a talent for identifying great premises. As evidence, I offer examples like the “pound-of-flesh” financing scheme of Eating Raoul, the Machiavellian...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 11, 1994

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Kenneth Branagh, resuscitator of Shakespeare onscreen, tackles the Frankenstein tale and brings that oft-abused corpse to life again with a jolt, though not the way...

Robert Faires, Review, Nov. 11, 1994

Caro Diario

Caro Diario (Dear Diary) makes it clear why philosopher-filmmaker Nanni Moretti is often called the Woody Allen of Italy. Though Caro Diario is Moretti's eighth...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 11, 1994

Interview With the Vampire

Tom Cruise as Anne Rice's evil Lestat.

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 11, 1994


Kevin Smith's feature debut is an outrageous, profane, and deliriously dead-on comedy that follows a day in the life of two young convenience/video store clerks.

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 11, 1994


Bosna! is an impassioned polemic about the ongoing war in the former Yugoslavia. The voiceover narration by French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy valorizes the Bosnian resistance...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 11, 1994

Totally F***ed Up

The ordinary struggle of adolescence is bad enough, but if you're a gay or lesbian teenager, life's growing pains ache even more. In Totally F***ed...

Steve Davis, Review, Nov. 4, 1994

Silent Fall

For a while, the clues in the psychological drama Silent Fall are as subtle as autumn leaves dropping to the ground, but when the narrative...

Steve Davis, Review, Nov. 4, 1994

The Road to Wellville

Simply execrable, or just plain shitty? Parker's take on T. Coraghessan Boyle's novel about cereal magnate and health food guru Kellogg is a muddled mess...

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 4, 1994

Double Dragon

I suppose it was inevitable that video games would become the next medium to be recycled by Hollywood. Lately, most fighting video games have as...

Brian Baker, Review, Nov. 4, 1994

… And God Spoke (the making of …)

A mock documentary about a producer and director of exploitation flicks who try to do a class adaptation of the Bible. Borman's behind-the-scenes spoof might...

Robert Faires, Review, Nov. 4, 1994

To Live and Die in Tsimshatsui

Following his own Return to a Better Tomorrow, this is director Wong Jing's second production to speedily cash in on the current trend of gangster...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Nov. 4, 1994

In the Land of the Deaf

Movies. Talking pictures. Sight and sound. In this day and age, we accept the pairing of moving images and synchronous sound as a given. They're...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 4, 1994

Butterfly and Sword

A berserk action melodrama with all the stops pulled out, Butterfly and Sword is an adrenaline-charged swordplay fantasy that starts out over the top, and...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Nov. 4, 1994

Bullets Over Broadway

If Damon Runyon and Anton Chekhov had ever gotten together to make a movie, the result might have been something like Bullets Over Broadway. In...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 4, 1994


When genres collide. Ridley Scott fused the science fiction movie with film noir in Blade Runner. James Cameron fused the science fiction movie with the...

Robert Faires, Review, Nov. 4, 1994

Robert A. Heinlein's the Puppet Masters

Despite having one of the best theatrical trailers of the year, The Puppet Masters falls short of its sci-fi/horror pretensions and ends up as listless...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 28, 1994

The Cat

Not since Jackie Chan's outlandish escapades in City Hunter has there been a Hong Kong action film as resolutely goofy as this one. Lee is...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 28, 1994

The Advocate

This British-made production is set in late medieval France, circa 1400. A young Parisian lawyer moves from the city to the small town of Abbeville,...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 28, 1994

Radioland Murders

Those who grew up on it say radio was magic. The first medium to bring adventure, comedy, and romance into your home, it let you...

Robert Faires, Review, Oct. 28, 1994

Frank and Jesse

Over the years, talents as unique, wide and varied as Roy Rogers, Tyrone Power, and Kris Kristofferson have each portrayed the infamous outlaw Jesse James....

Brian Baker, Review, Oct. 28, 1994

Exit to Eden

There's limburger, there's Roquefort, there's gorgonzola, and there's Exit to Eden. This new film from director Marshall (Beaches) is pure cheese, and stinky cheese at...

Robert Faires, Review, Oct. 21, 1994

Sunday's Children

By his own account, Ingmar Bergman (The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Scenes from a Marriage) has retired from filmmaking. Yet you would never know that...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 21, 1994

I Like It Like That

A vibrant, passionate, romantic, funny, funky, and thoroughly realistic slice of black and Latino Bronx life that flies off the screen in the first few...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 21, 1994

Love Affair

It is fitting that this remake of the 1939 weep-o-rama (also entitled Love Affair) stars the closest thing to Hollywood royalty our modern society has....

Alison Macor, Review, Oct. 21, 1994

Little Giants

Little Giants offers nothing new in the way of children's entertainment. If you have ever seen a sports movie for kids, you already know exactly...

Brian Baker, Review, Oct. 21, 1994

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


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


“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


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

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