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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

Tokyo Decadence

Drenched in erotic reds and blacks, Tokyo Decadence leaves little to the imagination as it reveals the seamier side of the land of the Rising...

Marc Savlov, Review, Aug. 27, 1993

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

Steve Davis is a dirty rotten ratfink -- a defiler of tradition, a soiler of the natural order. Since the dawn of the Chronicle, Mr....

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Aug. 20, 1993

The Secret Garden

Neither talking down to children nor pandering to their parents, The Secret Garden functions something like a fairy tale in which the primordial and psychosexual concerns are made palpable and socially acceptable.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Aug. 20, 1993

The Best of the International Tournee of Animation

Collecting together in one film the “best” of 25 years of festival animation is a risky proposition at best; at worst, you end up with...

Marc Savlov, Review, Aug. 20, 1993

Hard Target

Stop holding your breath. John Woo's American debut is as thoroughly a “John Woo Film” as any of the director's Hong Kong actioneers, with few...

Marc Savlov, Review, Aug. 20, 1993

Manhattan Murder Mystery

With the exceptions of Manhattan and Annie Hall, I always like Woody Allen more when he tries to do less (i.e., Broadway Danny Rose more...

Louis Black, Review, Aug. 20, 1993

Coeur En Hiver (A Heart in Winter), Un

The allure of the unobtainable in matters of romance is the theme in this understated, talky, and generally uninteresting French film about a love triangle...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Aug. 20, 1993

Neo-Tokyo

Originally created in 1989, this offbeat collection of animated Japanese shorts is a strange hybrid: two separate and distinct films, one of which actually contains...

Marc Savlov, Review, Aug. 13, 1993

The Meteor Man

Aaaiiieee! What the hell was Townsend thinking? From the director of the brilliant Hollywood Shuffle and the not quite perfect Five Heartbeats comes this steadfastly...

Marc Savlov, Review, Aug. 13, 1993

My Boyfriend's Back

Shot here in Austin and nearby Round Rock under the far better title of Johnny Zombie, this sophomore effort from the previously brilliant Balaban (remember...

Marc Savlov, Review, Aug. 13, 1993

American Heart

Under Seattle's sorrowful skies, an ex-con struggles to build a clean life with a 14-year-old son in tow. Their life is one of rent-by-the-week flophouses,...

Robert Faires, Review, Aug. 13, 1993

Tropic of Cancer

Based on the once highly controversial novel by Henry Miller (it was banned as obscene in the U.S. after its publication in Paris in 1934),...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Aug. 13, 1993

Heart and Souls

Heart and Souls is a pleasant enough little ensemble piece that suffers mostly from a lack of clear direction. It lurches between comedy and drama...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Aug. 13, 1993

Searching for Bobby Fischer

Bobby Fischer is not so much a character in this movie as a metaphorical presence, a symbol of the search for excellence, the search for...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Aug. 13, 1993

The Last Butterfly

From the award-winning Czech director of The Ear comes this relentlessly depressing -- albeit powerful -- film which manages to weave together mime, Nazis, and...

Marc Savlov, Review, Aug. 13, 1993

Rising Sun

Ironically, Japanophile Kaufman, assigned to Michael Crichton's xenophobic Rising Sun, decided to go classicly hard-boiled as a way of defusing the novel. In nationally specific...

Louis Black, Review, Aug. 6, 1993

The Fugitive

Flinty Tommy Lee Jones is the best thing about this otherwise standard chase film.

Marc Savlov, Review, Aug. 6, 1993

Tom and Jerry -- the Movie

You know when a movie bills Joe Barbera as its “Creative Consultant,” it is in big, big screen trouble. Hanna and Barbera are to Saturday...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Aug. 6, 1993

Painted Faces

It's 1962, and a young boy is entering the mysterious, exotic world of Master Yu's Peking Opera Academy. Bound by a contract where he is...

Marc Savlov, Review, Aug. 6, 1993

Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Brooks targets his jokes more toward images of masculinity than Sherwood Forest denizens.

Robert Faires, Review, Aug. 6, 1993

In the Soup

This Sundance multiaward-winner provides a fantastic showcase for the outsized vitality of Seymour Cassell, who plays a gangster investing in dour screenwriter Steve Buscemi's work.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Aug. 6, 1993

Okoge

As this Japanese movie opens, Sayoko (Shimizu) and her friend spread out their beach blanket and picnic basket only to discover they have plopped themselves...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 30, 1993

So I Married an Axe Murderer

Remember when Mike Myers was funny? This film features one of his best performances as a poet who reluctantly marries, then fears that his bride (a meat butcher) is a bluebeard.

Robert Faires, Review, Jul. 30, 1993

Chain of Desire

Venezuelan-born writer/director Lopez successfully brings together an ensemble cast in this social commentary on the morals and sexual politics of the 1990s. Structured in an...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Jul. 30, 1993

Coneheads

What could have resulted in a 90-minute blow-up of a five-minute premise (remember Bob and Doug McKenzie's Strange Brew?) has instead, thankfully, arrived as a...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 30, 1993

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