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The Tune

If nothing else, we can thank MTV for bringing Bill Plympton's outrageous “Plymptoons” series to the twentysomethings of the world. His 15-60-second dollops of water-colored...

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 27, 1992

Rampage

If Dirty Harry were a real person who lived and breathed and went to the movies, Rampage might be his cup of poison. Yet odds...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 27, 1992

Gas Food Lodging

For the three women in Gas Food Lodging relationships with men have been much like an overnight stop on a lonely stretch of highway, except...

Steve Davis, Review, Nov. 27, 1992

Aladdin

The folks at Disney see a new dawn on the horizon. It's the rebirth of the animated feature with a wealth of product from not...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 27, 1992

The Bodyguard

Rumored to have been rife with personality clashes and other assorted problems during its production, this film emerges as perhaps one of the most unbearable...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Nov. 27, 1992

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Remember Home Alone? Remember the part where Kevin gets mad at his family and wishes he didn't have to spend Christmas with them and then...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Nov. 20, 1992

Mistress

Marvin Landisman (Wuhl) was once a “promising,” young writer/director. Now, he's a fortyish, L.A. hack who directs instructional cooking videos for a living. His wife...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 20, 1992

Malcolm X

Quick. Name at least one major magazine or publication that has not featured on its cover over the last few weeks the faces of either...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 20, 1992

Waterland

History experienced as the personal instead of an assortment of superficial facts to be regurgitated and forgotten becomes a captivating, haunting journey in a superb...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Nov. 20, 1992

Bram Stoker's Dracula

Coppola's take on the very old story is deliciously fresh. Oldman's Dracula has a stylized, almost hyperreal clarity and a singular weirdness.

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 20, 1992

Afraid of the Dark

If Sigmund Freud had directed horror movies they might have looked something like Afraid of the Dark. This British movie uses common childhood fears and...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 13, 1992

Storyville

This New Orleans concoction of political and personal intrigue turns the burners up to a steady simmer but never really cranks the jets up to...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 13, 1992

The Living End

Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose, and for the two HIV-positive men in The Living End, the existence of an unwelcome virus...

Steve Davis, Review, Nov. 13, 1992

Jennifer Eight

The story behind Jennifer 8 is nearly as interesting as the film itself, what with the behind-the-scenes infighting between director Robinson and his producers. Rumored...

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 13, 1992

Where the Day Takes You

A labor of love, Where the Day Takes You literally takes to the streets in depicting the lives of homeless teenagers in Hollywood. There's no...

Steve Davis, Review, Nov. 6, 1992

Johnny Suede

Originally produced and performed as a one-man show for The Home for Contemporary Theater in New York City, director DiCillo reshapes his material into a...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Nov. 6, 1992

Deep Blues

Deep Blues is a project that puts the word “document” back in the term documentary. It plunges deep into the Mississippi Delta, down Highway 61,...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 6, 1992

Dr. Giggles

Who would have thought that a formula horror film about a deranged M.D.'s son with an outlandish penchant for vengeance could be such a hoot?...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 30, 1992

A Brief History of Time

Given what we knew in advance about this acclaimed documentary, its subject Stephen Hawking and its filmmaker Errol Morris, the expectations coming in were nothing...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 30, 1992

Pure Country

Country music superstar George Strait makes his acting debut in an extended music video held together by a formulaic plot that harkens back to the...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Oct. 30, 1992

Light Sleeper

In the world of Paul Schrader films, if Taxi Driver was Part 1 and American Gigolo Part 2, then Light Sleeper is certainly Part 3....

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 23, 1992

London Kills Me

Screenwriter/novelist Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, and The Buddha of Suburbia) makes his directorial debut in a rambling tableau of the...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Oct. 23, 1992

Candyman

Despite the fact that this is based on a very solid short story by Clive Barker, Britain's more literate answer to Stephen King, Candyman is...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 23, 1992

Consenting Adults

Wife-swapping plotlines always sound as if they'd be better off as part of a Kids in the Hall sketch, but director Pakula has managed to...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 23, 1992

Night and the City

Harry Fabian (De Niro) is a New York City character -- part fool, part hustler. He's an ambulance-chasing shyster with a weasly legal practice that...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 23, 1992

Of Mice and Men

More a familiar title than one actually read, John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is a sophomore English teacher's dream: recognizable symbolism, obvious foreshadowing, and...

Steve Davis, Review, Oct. 23, 1992

The Public Eye

As inspired an idea as it was casting Joe Pesci as the great freelance photographer Weegee, whose brutally realistic tabloid photos of New York City...

Louis Black, Review, Oct. 23, 1992

A River Runs Through it

What compels Robert Redford to make movies from seemingly impossible subject matter? Politics? Self-challenge? Masochism? An affinity for the visual beauty of the written word?...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Oct. 23, 1992

Under Siege

Take a deep breath, suspend disbelief -- a band of outlaws take over a soon-to-be-retired United State battleship, getting aboard by subterfuge and subduing the...

Louis Black, Review, Oct. 16, 1992

Adam's Rib

Not to be confused with the 1949 Tracy-Hepburn battle of the sexes comedy of the same title, Krishtofovich's film is instead an engaging domestic drama...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Oct. 9, 1992

Glengarry Glen Ross

David Mamet's story of salesmen caught in their unique form of hell also offers a cornucopia of fine performances.

Kathleen Maher, Review, Oct. 9, 1992

Mr. Baseball

Whooooshh! Striiiike one! While recent movies like The Babe, Field of Dreams, and A League of Their Own trade on baseball's reputation as the archetypal...

Steve Davis, Review, Oct. 9, 1992

The Panama Deception

Politically and philosophically, not much has changed since the time of the building of the Panama Canal and Theodore Roosevelt who, when asked by an...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 9, 1992

The Last of the Mohicans

The breakneck pace of The Last of the Mohicans affords you little time to realize it's just a simple and straightforward adventure yarn – an...

Steve Davis, Review, Oct. 2, 1992

Echoes From a Somber Empire

The documentaries of Werner Herzog exhibit the same fascination with the strange, the exotic, the evil and the bizarre as do his narrative films such...

Kathleen Maher, Review, Oct. 2, 1992

Hero

It's getting to look like Stephen Frears may be the most cynical filmmaker of our time. A sampling of his track record up to now...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 2, 1992

Innocent Blood

Fatally beautiful, doomed to suck blood through eternity: what's a nice vampire to do? We all come up with our own solutions to life's little...

Kathleen Maher, Review, Oct. 2, 1992

Sarafina!

A musical about apartheid!? Does this really sound like a successful premise? Still, I wanted this movie to be good, to be something that spread...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 2, 1992

Wisecracks

Known for her sociopolitical documentaries Loved, Honoured Bruised and Abortion Stories North and South, Canadian filmmaker Gail Singer takes a lighter turn to concentrate on...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Oct. 2, 1992

The Mighty Ducks

Q: Why a duck? ¶ A: Because the Bad News Bears was already taken. ¶ In The Mighty Ducks Gordon Bombay (Estevez) is the type...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 2, 1992

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