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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

House of Cards

Ways of speaking without words, waysof seeing beyond what we typically perceive. This is what writer-director Michael Lessac explores in this fable, the story of...

Robert Faires, Review, Jul. 30, 1993

Police Story I

This is the first in Chan's Police Story trilogy, and although some people herald it as the best of the lot, I'll still reserve that...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 30, 1993

The Story of Qiu Ju

Anyone ever caught in the wheels of bureaucracy will relate to Chinese director Zhang Yimou's latest movie. Though a story about contemporary peasant life in...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 23, 1993

Forbidden Love

Forbidden Love... the movie's title echoes those found on the lurid covers of the lesbian pulp novels popular in the Fifties and SIxties. This Canadian...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 23, 1993

Poetic Justice

Subtitled “A Street Romance,” writer-director Singleton's sophomore effort touches the heart more when it's on the street than when it's making romance. In setting up...

Robert Faires, Review, Jul. 23, 1993

Another Stakeout

Yet another genuinely scary case of the suits not quite realizing that sequels aren't necessarily warranted all the time. When I first caught the trailer...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 23, 1993

Weekend at Bernie's II

Andrew McCarthy must die. But then we'd probably be seeing Weekend at Andy's, and the whole pathetic mess would continue on and on, like some...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 16, 1993

Free Willy

Free Willy is a rousing modern-day fable about hugging whales, overcoming villains in black hats and freeing the enemy within. It is a beautifully photographed...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 16, 1993

Hocus Pocus

In this comedy, sister witches from the 17th century reemerge in modern-day Salem, Mass.

Hollis Chacona, Review, Jul. 16, 1993

Being at Home With Claude

Released, as it is, in a time suffused with homophobia, erotiphobia, and, of course, death by sex, this French-Canadian thriller is a brave little gem...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 16, 1993

Sofie

As the former leading lady of several classic Ingmar Bergman films (Persona, Cries and Whispers, and Scenes From a Marriage, to name a few), Ullmann...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Jul. 16, 1993

Wax, Or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees

Harder to describe than it is to understand, this new cult favorite combines elements of science fiction, cyberpunk aesthetics, post-industrial moral metaphors, Burroughsian cut-ups technique...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 16, 1993

The God of Gamblers

Hong Kong's second-highest-grossing film of all time (somewhere behind John Woo, I suspect) is a remarkable amalgamation of gambling, farce, Hong Kong gangster shoot-'em-ups, and......

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 16, 1993

Macross II: Lovers Again

Maybe I'm old-fashioned. Maybe I've been exposed to the rich, colorful art of Disney animation and Warner Bros. cartoons for too long. I don't know....

Pamela Bruce, Review, Jul. 9, 1993

In the Line of Fire

The only thing “that's not gonna happen” (to quote the movie's catch-phrase) is box-office failure for In the Line of Fire. Eastwood's latest, in which...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 9, 1993

Rookie of the Year

Maybe I should be feeling as guilty as I think Joel Siegel should feel every time he delivers an oh-so-heartfelt hurrah for “the feel-good movie...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Jul. 9, 1993

Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?

This monumental effort by filmmaker Bae Yong-Kyun -- four years in the making, with the Korean artist acting as producer, director, screenwriter, cinematographer, and editor...

Robert Faires, Review, Jul. 9, 1993

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall...” In 1937 Disney animators turned this Brothers Grimm story into a film classic which has now been newly re-mastered for...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 2, 1993

Herman

Growing up is difficult, especially if you are a lonely and eccentric misfit. It can be even worse if you are faced with alopecia areata,...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Jul. 2, 1993

The Firm

With The Firm, Tom Cruise has descended from A Few Good Men to A Few Bad Men. Though he's still working his way through the...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 2, 1993

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