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Robert Downey Jr. received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor with this portrayal of the film-comedy pioneer in a biopic that focuses on the tragedy that haunted Chaplin's life and his battles with the U.S. government.

Louis Black, Review, Jan. 15, 1993

Scent of a Woman

This terribly titled, overly long movie about an irascible, blind man (Pacino) and his green, prep school companion (O'Donnell, previously seen in School Ties and...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jan. 8, 1993


Coming from the director who gave us 48 HRS., The Warriors, and The Long Riders, as well as the combined producing talents behind the Back...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jan. 8, 1993

The Lover

Annaud (The Bear) and screenwriter Gerard Brach (The Tenant, Tess) successfully craft Marguerite Duras' coming-of-age memoir L'Amant into a hypnotic, sensuous film teeming with undercurrents...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Jan. 8, 1993

Pepi, Luci, Bom

In case you've ever wondered from whence came the provocative and outrageous Pedro Almodóvar (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Tie Me Up!...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jan. 8, 1993

Fathers and Sons

This is an interesting little independent film that's liable to get lost in the post-Christmas dump pile and it deserves far better than that. Though...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jan. 8, 1993

Peter's Friends

This is not the type of film I had expected the multi-talented Branagh to make next; after the success of Henry V and the scissor-heavy...

Marc Savlov, Review, Dec. 25, 1992


Upon leaving Hoffa, you'll find the legendary Teamster boss just as much of an enigma as you did going in... unfortunately, maybe even more so....

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Dec. 25, 1992


This film is the second installment in Australian writer-director John Duigan's (Romero) coming-of-age trilogy, continuing with the nonconformist, adolescent perspective of the protagonist from the...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Dec. 18, 1992


It's been a while since a movie's come to us veiled in such a shroud of secrecy. Very little was known in advance about Toys...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Dec. 18, 1992

The Crying Game

The Crying Game is one of the best movies I've seen this year and, consequently, the less said about it here the better. The beauty...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Dec. 18, 1992

Leap of Faith

It's easy to forget, sometimes, that Steve Martin can be more than just another rubber-faced comic, mining the yuks where he finds them and wandering...

Marc Savlov, Review, Dec. 18, 1992


This classic of the New Queer Cinema is intrigues with its dreamy romanticism and eroticization of the infamous child murder committed by Leopold and Loeb in 1923.

Steve Davis, Review, Dec. 18, 1992

Forever Young

Ah, the sweet, sentimental, sacrificial nature of lost love slipping beyond the veil of the unknown -- through the death or disappearance. How well this...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Dec. 18, 1992

The Ox

At once a gorgeous, near-perfect film as well as a resolutely depressing story, The Ox is beautiful to look at, even as you keep pinching...

Marc Savlov, Review, Dec. 18, 1992

The Distinguished Gentleman

There's something fundamentally unholy about a film whose press release calls Eddie Murphy the Jimmy Stewart of the Nineties. Granted, The Distinguished Gentleman plays as...

Marc Savlov, Review, Dec. 11, 1992

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppets bring cheer to Ebenezer Scrooge.

Pamela Bruce, Review, Dec. 11, 1992

A Few Good Men

Melodrama doesn't come more butch than this, and this performances reflect that intensity, although Aaron Sorkin's moral predicaments are given full scrutiny.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Dec. 11, 1992


Winner of the 1992 Sundance Film Festival's Filmmaker's Award, Anthony Drazan's directorial debut is a scorching little story that examines the inherent hazards of an...

Marc Savlov, Review, Dec. 11, 1992

Laws of Gravity

If you introduce a gun in the first act, it's certain to go off by the third. That's one of the classic rules of playwriting/scriptwriting;...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Dec. 11, 1992

Solar Crisis

Solar Crisis consists of about a dozen subplots in search of a narrative thread. And if these plots can't find any unifying principle, they'll settle...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Dec. 4, 1992

The Efficiency Expert

During the 1960s in Australia, there were periods of labor unrest due to changes made by various industries to modernize and/or increase profits at the...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Dec. 4, 1992

Once Upon a Time in China

Set in the turbulent world of 19th-century China, University of Texas alumnus Hark has fashioned an epic tale of a country and its people in...

Marc Savlov, Review, Dec. 4, 1992

1991: The Year Punk Broke

The first punk rock tour documentary? Hardly. The early Eighties produced a mini-tsunami of films and videos chronicling the goings-on within the punk scene, on...

Marc Savlov, Review, Dec. 4, 1992


From Venice, Italy, where independent filmmaker Dean (Jaglom) has his newest work in competition at the Film Festival (and where he meets, romances and loses...

Louis Black, Review, Dec. 4, 1992

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


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


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


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


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


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

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