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Carlito's Way

After too long in the wasteland, Brian De Palma has once again found his footing. With Carlito's Way, De Palma has turned out a masterful...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 12, 1993

Sex Is...

If you combine the experiences of the 15 interviewees in the documentary Sex Is…, you can distill the history of the gay American male in...

Steve Davis, Review, Nov. 12, 1993

Time Indefinite

Documentary filmmaker McElwee is a man who takes the phrase “I am a camera” to its most extreme. No matter where he goes or what...

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 12, 1993

Bad Behavior

The purebred will win your admiration, but it's usually the mutt who captures your heart. No one will mistake this scruffy, ambling comedy from British...

Robert Faires, Review, Nov. 12, 1993

The Ballad of Little Jo

This conscious attempt to put a new spin on the Western offers a little seen perspective on the American frontier. Inspired by the life of...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 5, 1993

Flesh and Bone

Roy Sweeney (Caan) is bad to the bone and his evil legacy has been passed down to his flesh and blood. It's inevitable, in that...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 5, 1993

Beware of a Holy Whore

Beware of a Holy Whore is Rainer Werner Fassbinder's -- the Seventies' enfant terrible of foreign filmmaking -- quintessential film. Made in 1970 (along with...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 5, 1993

Once Upon a Time in China III

Jet Li is back as the legendary physician and martial arts master in this third outing in Hark's "historical" epics.

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 5, 1993

Taiga

A genuine “epic,” Ottinger's documentary on the nomadic tribespeople of Outer Mongolia runs for 8 hours and 21 minutes. By the time you reach the...

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 5, 1993

Fatal Instinct

Director Reiner (All of Me, Sibling Rivalry) takes -- ahem -- a stab at parodying those wacky ice-pick thrillers of the Nineties and barely breaks...

Robert Faires, Review, Nov. 5, 1993

Short Cuts

Short Cuts is simply Robert Altman by way of Raymond Carver. As with anything this insistently renegade talent does, the emphasis is on Altman. Even...

Louis Black, Review, Oct. 29, 1993

The Speed Racer Show

“Go, Speed, Go.” That refrain, whether in the theme song or in the script, were usually the best thing about this TV show. Created in...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 29, 1993

Nosferatu With Live Musical Accompaniment by Dick Price

This will be the final screening of Nosferatu backed with local musician Dick Price's live, original piano accompaniment. No one has ever matched this 1922...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 29, 1993

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Stop-motion photography creates a macabre world of make-believe.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 29, 1993

Fearless

Peter Weir returns to his mystical roots with mixed results in this tale of a plane crash survivor (Bridges) and his altered perception of life...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 29, 1993

Especially on Sunday

A trilogy of Italian short films, all written by Tonino Guerra yet directed by three separate directors, Especially on Sunday perfectly captures the spirit of...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 29, 1993

Crime Story

Chan's most recent film takes him out of his familiar element of goofy mugging and broad slapstick, and returns him to his roots (a la...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 29, 1993

Judgment Night

Bang. Bang. Click... ahhh, shit. Misfire.... That's about the feeling one gets from Hopkins's take on the venerable fish-out-of-water cum chase subgenre, a film that...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 22, 1993

Mr. Wonderful

Minghella's previous film, the elegiac Truly, Madly, Deeply, was a bittersweet love story involving a ghost. Mr. Wonderful, on the other hand, is a ghost...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 22, 1993

Two Mikes Don't Make a Wright

Any TV watcher with access to PBS and A&E may have already seen these three short films, but that's still no excuse to miss them...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 22, 1993

Bopha!

Freeman makes his directing debut with this fact-based fiction set in a South African township about the challenges faced by a black police officer and...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 22, 1993

For a Lost Soldier

This gorgeous, strange film (based on the novel by Dutch author Rudi van Dantzig) starts off looking like John Boorman's life-during-wartime remembrance Hope and Glory,...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 22, 1993

Rudy

The Hoosiers team (screenwriter Angelo Pizzo and director Anspaugh) regroup for another inspirational sports tale and, surprisingly, again succeed more than they fail. This is...

Louis Black, Review, Oct. 22, 1993

Dangerous Touch

There's no delicate way to say this: Hands off Dangerous Touch. The only thing you might find yourself wanting to touch is yourself, for this...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 22, 1993

The Long Day Closes

This sequel to Davies's deeply personal Distant Voices, Still Lives shows us life in the mid-Fifties Liverpool through an 11-year-old's eyes. Reported to be more...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 15, 1993

Road Scholar

Shot in 1991, Road Scholar is that rare film: a documentary road movie that looks at America with eyes not hampered by the rose-tinted cultural...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 15, 1993

Mr. Jones

You can tell, from the very beginning, that this is a film that was made with very high hopes and noble aspirations. Cut from two...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 15, 1993

Careful

Set in the mysterious European village of Tolzbad during the 19th century, this third feature from Canadian director Guy Maddin (Tales From the Gimli Hospital,...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 15, 1993

Mr. Nanny

Word got out, I guess, that Schwarzenegger had a hit a few years back with Kindergarten Cop. Therefore, some lame-brains figured that – what the...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 15, 1993

Demolition Man

By the year 2036, human society has become very submissive and super-polite. With no criminal element, the police merely have to be stern to get...

Louis Black, Review, Oct. 15, 1993

The Beverly Hillbillies

Director Penelope Spheeris once again dives head-first into the American cultural crater (Wayne's World, The Boys Next Door, Suburbia, The Decline of Western Civilization) and...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 15, 1993

Gettysburg

At four hours and eight minutes, plus intermission, Gettysburg is no date movie -- you won't have time for dinner before or energy for sex...

Steve Utley, Review, Oct. 15, 1993

Jacquot de Nantes

French filmmaker Jacques Demy (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Donkey Skin, The Young Girls of Rochefort) died a couple of years ago. His filmmaker wife, Agnes...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 8, 1993

The Silent Enemy

Unfortunately, of the few of you who've seen the great silent films you've probably seen mostly lousy prints, faded and jerky. Silent films by the...

Louis Black, Review, Oct. 8, 1993

For Love Or Money

Right off, let me get it out of the way that I like Michael J. Fox, as an actor and a presence, which should define...

Louis Black, Review, Oct. 8, 1993

Hated: G.G. Allin and the Murder Junkies

The heroin-induced death of G.G. Allin last June was a decidedly anticlimactic end to the life of “the most dangerous man in rock & roll.”...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 8, 1993

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

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