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Imaginary Crimes

Never was there a man more ill-equipped to be a father who tried so terribly hard to be one. Such are Sonya Weiler's sentiments about...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Dec. 9, 1994

Trapped in Paradise

Trapped in Paradise? How about Trapped in the Third Ring of Hell? Interminably unfunny, this holiday offering about how the three Firpo brothers learn the...

Steve Davis, Review, Dec. 9, 1994

Drop Zone

It's a rare occasion when I actually find myself so fed up with a film that I just up and walk out of it before...

Marc Savlov, Review, Dec. 9, 1994

Nostradamus

This bio-pic, set in 16th-century Europe, depicts the life and times of the famed physician and prognositicator Nostradamus. His adherents claim his predictions included the...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Dec. 2, 1994

The Great Conqueror's Concubine

This sweeping historical epic, clocking in at a whopping two hours and forty-five minutes, is one of the more eagerly awaited Hong Kong pictures of...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Dec. 2, 1994

Dead Can Dance: Toward the Within

There are some musical groups that should be heard but not seen. Sometimes the images of the performers that a listener conjures in his or...

Marc Savlov, Review, Dec. 2, 1994

A Low Down Dirty Shame

“This isn't about selling out. It's about getting paid,” snarls ex-cop/private investigator Shame (Wayans) to DEA agent Rothmiller (Dutton), referring to one of Shame's more...

Alison Macor, Review, Dec. 2, 1994

L.627

L.627 is an article in the French Public Health Code that prosecutes all offenses related to the possession, trade, and consumption of narcotics. This also...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Dec. 2, 1994

Love After Love

In her early films like Peppermint Soda and Entre Nous, French filmmaker Diane Kurys gravitated toward stories about female friendships and coming of age issues....

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 25, 1994

Love & a .45

Early Renée in a heap of bloody Texas trouble.

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 25, 1994

Junior

What do you call the son of a Terminator and a Baby Maker? Why, Junior, of course. As directed by Ivan Reitman, Arnold Schwarzenegger's newest...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 25, 1994

The Swan Princess

A spirited princess, a valiant prince, a villainous sorcerer, a supercilious frog, a faithful turtle, and a spunky puffin. Put them together and what have...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Nov. 25, 1994

Star Trek: Generations

There is a much-accepted truism about the Star Trek movies. The odd-numbered films (Star Trek, The Search for Spock, The Final Frontier) are rotten, while...

Brian Baker, Review, Nov. 25, 1994

The Pagemaster

While the title of this film may sound like the newest program from Microsoft Word, The Pagemaster is actually about a more traditional form of...

Alison Macor, Review, Nov. 25, 1994

Miracle on Thirty-Fourth Street

If you haven't seen the original version of Miracle on 34th Street sometime in the past 47 years, it's certainly not for lack of opportunity....

Hollis Chacona, Review, Nov. 18, 1994

Rock and Roll Cop

Hong Kong action director Kirk Wong, who gave Jackie Chan his most serious role in last year's Crime Story, hits the bulls-eye with this politically...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Nov. 18, 1994

The Santa Clause

When Santa falls off his roof, a man forgets to read the fine print before signing on as his substitute.

Hollis Chacona, Review, Nov. 18, 1994

The Professional

Enigmatic hitman becomes unlikely caretaker of and mentor to the girl next door. The film features wonderful performances and lots of visual panache.

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 18, 1994

The Conviction

Once upon a time, Italian filmmaker Marco Bellochio's name was uttered in the same anticipatory breath as Bertolucci's and Pasolini's. His first couple of films...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 18, 1994

Oleanna

“I don't want revenge. I want understanding,” a college student tells a professor after reporting him to a tenure committee for sexual harassment. And it...

Robert Faires, Review, Nov. 18, 1994

The Last Seduction

This ain't no morality play. As with director Dahl's earlier work (Kill Me Again, Red Rock West), The Last Seduction is a noir-type thriller with...

Alison Macor, Review, Nov. 18, 1994

Shelf Life

Director Paul Bartel has a talent for identifying great premises. As evidence, I offer examples like the “pound-of-flesh” financing scheme of Eating Raoul, the Machiavellian...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 11, 1994

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Kenneth Branagh, resuscitator of Shakespeare onscreen, tackles the Frankenstein tale and brings that oft-abused corpse to life again with a jolt, though not the way...

Robert Faires, Review, Nov. 11, 1994

Caro Diario

Caro Diario (Dear Diary) makes it clear why philosopher-filmmaker Nanni Moretti is often called the Woody Allen of Italy. Though Caro Diario is Moretti's eighth...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 11, 1994

Interview With the Vampire

Tom Cruise as Anne Rice's evil Lestat.

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 11, 1994

Clerks

Kevin Smith's feature debut is an outrageous, profane, and deliriously dead-on comedy that follows a day in the life of two young convenience/video store clerks.

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 11, 1994

Bosna!

Bosna! is an impassioned polemic about the ongoing war in the former Yugoslavia. The voiceover narration by French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy valorizes the Bosnian resistance...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 11, 1994

Totally F***ed Up

The ordinary struggle of adolescence is bad enough, but if you're a gay or lesbian teenager, life's growing pains ache even more. In Totally F***ed...

Steve Davis, Review, Nov. 4, 1994

Silent Fall

For a while, the clues in the psychological drama Silent Fall are as subtle as autumn leaves dropping to the ground, but when the narrative...

Steve Davis, Review, Nov. 4, 1994

The Road to Wellville

Simply execrable, or just plain shitty? Parker's take on T. Coraghessan Boyle's novel about cereal magnate and health food guru Kellogg is a muddled mess...

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 4, 1994

Double Dragon

I suppose it was inevitable that video games would become the next medium to be recycled by Hollywood. Lately, most fighting video games have as...

Brian Baker, Review, Nov. 4, 1994

… And God Spoke (the making of …)

A mock documentary about a producer and director of exploitation flicks who try to do a class adaptation of the Bible. Borman's behind-the-scenes spoof might...

Robert Faires, Review, Nov. 4, 1994

To Live and Die in Tsimshatsui

Following his own Return to a Better Tomorrow, this is director Wong Jing's second production to speedily cash in on the current trend of gangster...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Nov. 4, 1994

In the Land of the Deaf

Movies. Talking pictures. Sight and sound. In this day and age, we accept the pairing of moving images and synchronous sound as a given. They're...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 4, 1994

Butterfly and Sword

A berserk action melodrama with all the stops pulled out, Butterfly and Sword is an adrenaline-charged swordplay fantasy that starts out over the top, and...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Nov. 4, 1994

Bullets Over Broadway

If Damon Runyon and Anton Chekhov had ever gotten together to make a movie, the result might have been something like Bullets Over Broadway. In...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 4, 1994

Stargate

When genres collide. Ridley Scott fused the science fiction movie with film noir in Blade Runner. James Cameron fused the science fiction movie with the...

Robert Faires, Review, Nov. 4, 1994

Robert A. Heinlein's the Puppet Masters

Despite having one of the best theatrical trailers of the year, The Puppet Masters falls short of its sci-fi/horror pretensions and ends up as listless...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 28, 1994

The Cat

Not since Jackie Chan's outlandish escapades in City Hunter has there been a Hong Kong action film as resolutely goofy as this one. Lee is...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 28, 1994

The Advocate

This British-made production is set in late medieval France, circa 1400. A young Parisian lawyer moves from the city to the small town of Abbeville,...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 28, 1994

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