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The Scout

I should say that I'm a huge Albert Brooks fan. He is always hilarious no matter what film he's in. So, when The Scout began...

Brian Baker, Review, Sep. 30, 1994

Jason's Lyric

Set in the crumbling, prideful world of Houston's Fifth Ward, Jason's Lyric is the story of two brothers, the responsible, upstanding Jason (Payne), and the...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 30, 1994

The Shawshank Redemption

Frank Darabont's debut feature based on the Stephen King novella receives a 10th anniversary reissue. The prison drama features standout performances by Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins.

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 23, 1994

Terminal Velocity

Charlie Sheen's name is an almost perfect anagram for “Hail Cheese,” which makes almost perfect sense in light of this post-summer blockbuster wannabe. Playing off...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 23, 1994

Quiz Show

Trying to pinpoint precisely when 20th-century America lost its innocence is a futile pursuit; it presupposes that this nation of contradictions initially had virtue to...

Steve Davis, Review, Sep. 23, 1994


Striking visuals and a theme that transcends its 14th-century setting mark Chris Newby's debut film Anchoress. The film's screenplay is loosely based on two letters...

Alison Macor, Review, Sep. 23, 1994

Mi Vida Loca: My Crazy Life

From the opening moments, you know you're seeing something that you've hardly seen before in a commercial movie. Sad Girl (Aviles), a Latina gang girl...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 23, 1994

New Legend of Shaolin

If you were one of the 100 or so audience members turned away during the Riverside's initial run of this movie, the latest action film...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Sep. 23, 1994


Slickly produced and stylishly directed, bursting with good special effects and generous production values, Zeram is both a good example and a fine introduction to...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Sep. 23, 1994

Naked Killer

John Woo on acid. Yam is Hong Kong police inspector Tannan, a frail, emasculated cop who's living under the trauma of having seen his own...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 16, 1994

Killing Zoe

Quentin Tarantino sans the witty dialogue. Basically a straightforward French bank heist film, Killing Zoe is the directorial debut of Roger Avery, Tarantino's longtime pal...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 16, 1994

Just Like a Woman

“He's just a normal heterosexual man, who happens to enjoy dressing up in frocks.” This is the first description Monica (Walters) gives of her new...

Brian Baker, Review, Sep. 16, 1994

Trial by Jury

In the first few minutes of Trial By Jury, I felt a familiar panic as I realized that Hollywood had churned out yet another slick...

Alison Macor, Review, Sep. 16, 1994

Spanking the Monkey

After completing his freshman year at M.I.T., Ray (Davies) stops home in Connecticut for a brief visit with his parents before continuing on to Washington,...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 16, 1994

On the Cutting Edge: Four Short Films About Violence Against Women

This 1992 film compiles four short, experimental films that all examine the topic of violence against women. Beyond this shared theme, they all have little...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 16, 1994


In a future in which time travel has become possible, a cop's life is torn asunder by political malfeasance.

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 16, 1994

A Good Man in Africa

The director of Driving Miss Daisy makes his second safari into Africa (the first was Mister Johnson) and comes back with a satire about Brits...

Robert Faires, Review, Sep. 16, 1994

The Next Karate Kid

And hopefully the last. Swank is 17-year-old Julie Pierce, orphaned by the sudden death of her parents and sent to live with her grandmother, who...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 16, 1994

The Boys of St. Vincent

Loosely based on the Mount Cashel scandal of a few years back, this two-part Canadian television docudrama investigates the nightmarish world of a Catholic-run orphanage...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 16, 1994

King of the Sea

Lo Wai Kwong, the super-kicking bad guy from Jackie Chan's Drunken Master II, teams up with ludicrously named Seventies trash chopsocky star Conan Lee for...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Sep. 9, 1994

The Blue Kite

Chinese director Tian Zhuangzhuang's early films (On the Hunting Ground, Horse Thief) have been compared to the films of pioneer documentarian Robert Flaherty (Nanook of...

Alison Macor, Review, Sep. 9, 1994


The producers of Erotique were motivated by the idea of making a compilation film of “intelligent erotica.” I suspect that's a classy way of saying...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 9, 1994

There Goes My Baby

Summer school has just let out at Westwood High in Los Angeles, casting the last stragglers from the graduating class of 1965 out into the...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 9, 1994

Green Snake

Tsui Hark returns to form with this romantic fantasy set during the Southern Sung Dynasty (amazingly, Wong Fei-Hong is nowhere in sight). Wang and Cheung...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 9, 1994

A Simple Twist of Fate

Taking its inspiration more from George Eliot's Silas Marner than tabloid television's coverage of the Baby Jessica and Kimberly Mays custody battles, A Simple Twist...

Steve Davis, Review, Sep. 9, 1994

A Man in Uniform

McCamus is Henry, a bookish bank employee and struggling actor who manages to land a part as tough guy Officer Flanagan in the hit television...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 9, 1994

Max, Mon Amour

The story of a woman who takes a chimpanzee as her lover -- and her husband who struggles to accept their union -- would seem...

Robert Faires, Review, Sep. 5, 1994

Milk Money

Sour is not the word for it. The milk obtained from this money is positively rancid. Foul in concept, Milk Money curdles upon viewing. The...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 2, 1994

Ciao, Professore!

Loosely based on a collection of essays written by children for their favorite elementary school teacher, Ciao, Professore! at first glance may seem to mark...

Alison Macor, Review, Sep. 2, 1994

Camp Nowhere

The initial idea of a bunch of kids escaping from their parents for an entire summer and just going crazy would have greatly appealed to...

Brian Baker, Review, Sep. 2, 1994

Wagons East

Oh, John Candy. This isn't how we wanted to remember you. For your last film, you deserved better than this pale shadow of Blazing Saddles...

Robert Faires, Review, Sep. 2, 1994

Hail the Judge

Hong Kong's biggest box office draw, Stephen Chow, stars in this typically crazed period piece courtroom comedy melodrama (?!?) that delivers the type of low...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Aug. 29, 1994

My Life's in Turnaround

“Turnaround” is the industry term used to describe the vague and frustrating process of being attached to a script that is dangling between studios in...

Alison Macor, Review, Aug. 29, 1994

Color of Night

Sporadic director Rush (whose last film was 1981's The Stunt Man) takes on Hitchcock and ends up looking like DePalma on a bad hair day....

Marc Savlov, Review, Aug. 26, 1994

In the Army Now

In his third starring role, Shore, the weasel who walks like a man, is cast as a goofball loser (there's a stretch) who joins the...

Marc Savlov, Review, Aug. 26, 1994


There is no justice in this world. Robin Givens has appeared in two movies this summer in Austin. One was the well made and adorable...

Brian Baker, Review, Aug. 26, 1994

Heroic Trio II: The Executioners

Hong Kong's top three female leads reunite in this uneven sequel to last summer's box-office smash. In a world ravaged by nuclear holocaust, the only...

Marc Savlov, Review, Aug. 26, 1994

Natural Born Killers

Stone grabs our collective viscera and never lets go for the next two hours.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Aug. 26, 1994

Corrina, Corrina

Corrina, Corrina sets itself up nicely in its opening few moments. During a funeral reception for her mother, a young girl, Molly Singer (Majorino), hides...

Brian Baker, Review, Aug. 26, 1994

Too Outrageous Animation

First of all, yes… it's outrageous. Any film that promotes itself with such blaring hyperbole will automatically raise cynics' eyebrows (“Can it really be that...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Aug. 26, 1994

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