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Andre

Tell me that you've never harbored the desire to hug a seal and feel the swoosh of a sleek, sinuous sea flapper sliding through your...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Aug. 19, 1994

Eat Drink Man Woman

Food and sex -- the basic things necessary to sustain life. When you think about it, most stories can be boiled down to these essential...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Aug. 19, 1994

Au Revoir, Mon Amour

A far cry from Hong Kong's current spate of historical kung fu epics, Au Revoir, Mon Amour is instead a literate, lush romantic epic. Spanning...

Marc Savlov, Review, Aug. 19, 1994

The Slingshot

Ten-year-old Roland Schutt (Salen) has more than his share of troubles growing up in 1920s Stockholm. His father's a socialist and his mother's a Jew...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Aug. 19, 1994

That's Entertainment! III

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has once again opened its vaults to show off the showpieces from its legendary musicals. Perhaps sensing that audiences will believe they have already...

Robert Faires, Review, Aug. 12, 1994

Airheads

Poor Michael Lehmann's career path is following that same downward spiral as Michael Cimino's: one brilliant film, and then... nothing. Or worse than nothing. Cimino...

Marc Savlov, Review, Aug. 12, 1994

Barcelona

From its opening montage of beautiful Spanish scenery and terrorist explosions, it is apparent that Barcelona is a movie of dichotomies. The differences between the...

Brian Baker, Review, Aug. 12, 1994

Erotic Ghost Story

Like a bad episode of Hef's Playboy After Dark, Erotic Ghost Story tries desperately to be titillating but instead only makes you giggle. Wrapped around...

Marc Savlov, Review, Aug. 12, 1994

Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer

Between 1989 and 1990, Aileen Wuornos, a homely, luckless, lesbian hooker who haunted the interstates of jerkwater Florida, committed a series of seven murders. All...

Marc Savlov, Review, Aug. 12, 1994

Burning Paradise

Produced by prolific fantasy auteur Tsui Hark (Chinese Ghost Story), this latest film from gritty actionmeister Lam (Full Contact) applies his hard edge to the...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Aug. 12, 1994

Coming Out Under Fire

Coming Out Under Fire is a 71-minute-long documentary about homosexuality in the U.S. military during World War II. The research is based on a book...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Aug. 5, 1994

Clear and Present Danger

There is a point in Clear and Present Danger where the president (Donald Moffat), while grousing about the drug problem, mutters, “Just how stupid are...

Brian Baker, Review, Aug. 5, 1994

Wheels on Meals

Despite its mind-bogglingly goofy title, this 1984 comedy-adventure from longtime Chan cohort Hung works to good effect, never allowing itself to become too bogged down...

Marc Savlov, Review, Aug. 5, 1994

It Could Happen to You

Generous to a fault. That's what the makers of this endearing comedy want us to believe its two lead characters are: a courageous, helpful, Big...

Robert Faires, Review, Aug. 5, 1994

Fear of a Black Hat

Writer-director Rusty Cundieff's first feature (he co-scripted House Party II) seems much in the same spirited vein of comedy mockumentaries as This is Spinal Tap...

Alvaro Rodriguez, Review, Aug. 5, 1994

Foreign Student

In the fall of 1956, Phillippe (Hofschneider) is given his “chance of a lifetime” to leave Paris and go to Asheland-Stuart University in Virginia for...

Brian Baker, Review, Aug. 5, 1994

The Mask

Bank teller Stanley Ipkiss (Carrey) is one of the nicest guys in the world, but he probably couldn't get a date to save his life....

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 29, 1994

Where the Rivers Flow North

The basic story is a familiar one: people fighting to protect their land and their established way of life from the encroachments of “progress” and...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 29, 1994

Black Beauty

I awaited the release of Black Beauty with the anticipation of renewing an affection with a childhood friend and the trepidation of finding that old...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Jul. 29, 1994

Atlantis

Frenchman Luc Besson is perhaps best known for his direction of Subway and La Femme Nikita, the source for the American remake called Point of...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 29, 1994

The Best of the New York Underground

How a film with this title managed to leave out such cinema of transgression auteurs as Richard Kern, Lydia Lunch, and Clint Ruin is beyond...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 29, 1994

Tai-Chi Master

This martial-arts film tells the story of a pair of monks whose paths diverge after they are cast out of their monastery for fighting.

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 29, 1994

The Client

“Objection, your honor! The protagonist is being willfully stupid! Again!” All through this adaptation of John Grisham's best-selling suspenser, I kept wanting to appeal to...

Robert Faires, Review, Jul. 29, 1994

Midnight Cowboy

Fueled by two riveting character studies and its exposure of New York City's seamy underbelly, this multi-Oscar-winner screams “contemporary” and “eternal” at once.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 22, 1994

Roadracers

In his first outing (this time his job responsibilities scaled back to director, co-writer, and editor) since the surprise success of El Mariachi, Rodriguez has...

Louis Black, Review, Jul. 22, 1994

"Lesbian Vampires"

The independent shorts in this twofer attempt to shine a new light (or darkness) on those famous monsters of filmland, vampires, by giving strong women...

Robert Faires, Review, Jul. 22, 1994

Lassie

The bitch is back. That huggably heroic canine superstar of film, TV, radio, and print has bounded back into our midst to charm a new...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 22, 1994

North

Rob Reiner goes out on a limb and finds he exceeds the maximum weight requirement for sapling-climbing. In this surreal childhood fable, Wood is young...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 22, 1994

True Lies

After Terminator, Schwarzenegger and Cameron worked together again on this odd mixture of chockablock action movie and restive romantic comedy.

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 22, 1994

Forrest Gump

Like the chocolates that its titular hero generously offers strangers at a bus stop, this story of a simple man's journey through life and the...

Robert Faires, Review, Jul. 15, 1994

Go Fish

Love at first sight -- fact or fantasy? Few deny that it occurs, but love's path is rarely that direct and immediate. Falling in love...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 15, 1994

In Custody

The longtime producer/co-conspirator of James Ivory's films (Howards End, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, Remains of the Day) takes the helm and directs this intriguing, philosophical...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 15, 1994

Angels in the Outfield

Disney, what hast thou wrought? It is baseball season, sure, but this new entry from the kings of kiddie cinema is a family-oriented heartstring-yanker so...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 15, 1994

Dragons Forever

Jackie Chan and company, circa 1986. Chan, Hung, and Biao, who all started out together as children in the tough-as-nails Peking Opera School (beautifully documented...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 15, 1994

The Short Films of Jane Campion

These four 16mm short films were made by Campion in the early to mid-Eighties, before her feature-length success with Sweetie, An Angel at My Table,...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 15, 1994

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Often cited as the first true horror movie and one of the first films to tell its story through the eyes of a delirious madman, the techniques of this film milestone are rarely imitated. Eschewing naturalism, the movie's sets are all painted in hallucinatory black-and-white designs and the acting, as well, follows Expressionistic techniques popular in Germany at the time.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 15, 1994

The Shadow

“The weed of crime bears bitter fuit.” Early in this latest attempt to put the pulp novel avenger on the screen, the title character sneered...

Robert Faires, Review, Jul. 8, 1994

Desperate Remedies

Overripe like a kiwi gone over way back in the fridge, this New Zealand import is so chock-full of sexual, moral, intellectual, and filmic ambiguity...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 8, 1994

Flaming Ears

Unlike little else that has come before it (except, perhaps, Lizzie Borden's 1983 gem Born in Flames), this 1991, Austrian-made, futuristic, lesbian thriller/romance/science fiction co-direction...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 8, 1994

The November Men

Now I know what can happen after one too many viewings of the Zapruder film of the JFK assassination. You can go mad with conspiracy...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 8, 1994

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