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The motto over at Fifty/Fifty's production house ought to be: “Cannon Pictures: All the grace of a howitzer.” Part action-adventure about a couple of mercenaries...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 5, 1993

Tous les Matins lu Monde

A rough wooden table. Red wine in exquisite stemmed crystal. Curled wafers on a plain white platter. Elements of an ingenuously elegant, arrestingly beautiful and,...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Mar. 5, 1993

Passion Fish

Passion Fish proves that when you have a great script, great performers and a great location, you don't mind that the movie goes on a...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 5, 1993

A Better Tomorrow

John Woo's 1984 breakout smash, A Better Tomorrow catapulted the flagging director to the forefront of Hong Kong cinema. Several previous efforts, shot entirely in...

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 5, 1993

Mad Dog and Glory

After his shocking film debut in 1989 with the unforgettable Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, word came out that McNaughton's next project would be...

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 5, 1993

Falling Down

It begins, as do so many life-changing journeys, with a simple, seemingly inconsequential incident: stuck in early-morning Los Angeles gridlock, a nervous, perspiring citizen reaches...

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 5, 1993

Amos & Andrew

Amos & Andrew is a better-than-average comedy that's likable enough while unfolding but evaporative when over. It takes a topical subject -- racial prejudice --...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 5, 1993

Together Alone

During the opening credits of Together Alone, two young men leave a bar, go to one's apartment, have sex, and then turn the lights on,...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 26, 1993

Night and Day

For Julie (Londez), there is little difference between night and day. She's in love -- and it's not until that fog lifts that she again...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 26, 1993

El Mariachi

From Richard Linklater's Slacker to Robert Rodriguez's El Mariachi, Austin is fast becoming the focal point for somewhat of a renaissance in "low-budget"; filmmaking. (Something...

Marc Savlov, Review, Feb. 26, 1993

Love Field

Love Field is a quietly engaging and uncharacteristic little period piece set in the American South in the early Sixties that tells the story of...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 26, 1993

Army of Darkness

Horror/humor hybrid is the weak third of Raimi's trilogy.

Marc Savlov, Review, Feb. 19, 1993

Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time

This exhaustive documentary on the life of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner feels more like an errant PBS special than full-fledged cinematic documentary: despite its...

Marc Savlov, Review, Feb. 19, 1993

A Chinese Ghost Story III

Produced by University of Texas alumnus (and creator of the Once Upon a Time in China series) Tsui Hark, Ghost Story III is more of...

Marc Savlov, Review, Feb. 19, 1993

The Temp

Alternate titles abound for this latest entry in the female psycho genre: The Hand That Types the Letters, Single White Secretary, Fatal Dictation. Like her...

Steve Davis, Review, Feb. 19, 1993

Wild Wheels, Over the Hedge

As the producer and director of the offbeat documentary Wild Wheels, Blank (the son of filmmaker Les Blank) takes the viewer on a cross-country odyssey...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Feb. 19, 1993

Untamed Heart

You know what occurs when bad movies happen to good people? The answer is Untamed Heart. You get the feeling that everyone involved in this...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 19, 1993

Groundhog Day

The delightful romantic comedy is back … again.

Louis Black, Review, Feb. 19, 1993


Sommersby is an updated American adaptation of a popular French story made in !982 as the film The Return of Martin Guerre. Maybe executive producer...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 13, 1993

The Cemetery Club

This movie was directed by Bill Duke? The same Bill Duke who directed A Rage in Harlem and Deep Cover? Arthur Hiller maybe, or even...

Steve Davis, Review, Feb. 12, 1993

Barefoot Gen

This 10-year-old Japanese animated feature is just now being released in the United States, and is based upon the Barefoot Gen comic strip series created...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Feb. 12, 1993

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

If the recently beleaguered Austin Humane Society has any marketing smarts at all, it'll send every volunteer it can muster along with every adoptable animal...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Feb. 12, 1993

National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon One

Despite the fact that National Lampoon: The Magazine has finally succumbed to poor sales, the company's film division stoically marches onward, buoyed by its seemingly...

Marc Savlov, Review, Feb. 12, 1993

Bad Lieutenant

There is no redemption without, first, debasement; no transcendence without transgression; no forgiveness without sin. In this NC-17-rated film, Keitel is the Bad Lieutenant --...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 12, 1993


One's a Marine. The other's a National Security Council comer. Both are sharpshooters but one has over 70 kills to his name and the other...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 5, 1993

The Vanishing

A few years ago there was this haunting Dutch movie about a woman who vanishes from a crowded highway rest stop, her tormented boyfriend who...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 5, 1993

Children of the Corn Ii: The Final Sacrifice

“Based on a short story by Stephen King”, Corn II drags that poor pop-culture stylist's already tarnished name through the mud and gore once again,...

Marc Savlov, Review, Feb. 5, 1993

Simple Men

Hal Hartley's films are unmistakable: they beat with an irregular rhythm, speak in affected dialogues, brush against the suburban surreal. An up-and-coming auteur, Hartley first...

Steve Davis, Review, Feb. 5, 1993

Van Gogh

A “self-appointed enfant terrible” from the corps of French New Wave directors, Pialat (A Nos Amours, Under The Sun of Satan) tackles the already-heavily documented...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Feb. 5, 1993


A woman leaves her home and family in Mexico City to embark on a romantic quest in Veracruz only to lose sight of the original subject of her search and, in the process, find something more precious – herself.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jan. 29, 1993


Based on Josephine Hart's best-selling novel, Damage recounts a man's attempt to fathom the unfathomable, with tragic results. Dr. Stephen Fleming, a high-ranking member of...

Steve Davis, Review, Jan. 29, 1993

Lorenzo's Oil

This is hardly the kind of film one might expect from Australian director/M.D.-trained George Miller (the Mad Max trilogy, Witches of Eastwick), but all previous...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jan. 29, 1993

Brother's Keeper

This documentary is about the unlikeliest of subjects: an alleged mercy killing between a pair of barely socialized, virtually illiterate, unkempt, unhygienic, slow-witted, never-married bachelors.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jan. 29, 1993


This film is a fondly humorous look back at the last gasp of America's innocence, being a kid, and, in particular, monster movies.

Marc Savlov, Review, Jan. 29, 1993


Arye Gross is better than this. His turn as the young Jewish G.I. in last year's little-seen A Midnight Clear established him as a talented...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jan. 29, 1993

Aspen Extreme

You've seen this fairy tale a hundred times before. Yearning to fulfill his dreams and follow his passion for skiing, little boy bluecollar (Gross) sets...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Jan. 29, 1993

Knight Moves

Chess is the operative metaphor in this new psychological thriller, though the movie could have stood a few pointers in strategy and good gamesmanship. The...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jan. 29, 1993

Body of Evidence

You know how sometimes something can be so bad that it's almost good? Well, that's more or less the case here, with stress on the...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jan. 22, 1993

Used People

As its precious title suggests, Used People is one of those movies that calculatedly wears its old-fashionedness on its sleeve. Aspiring to be a Jewish...

Steve Davis, Review, Jan. 22, 1993

Police Story Iii: Supercop

Forget Steven Seagal, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris (especially Chuck Norris). Hong Kong's Jackie Chan is now and forevermore the indisputable king of the...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jan. 22, 1993

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