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… 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

Radioland Murders

Those who grew up on it say radio was magic. The first medium to bring adventure, comedy, and romance into your home, it let you...

Robert Faires, Review, Oct. 28, 1994

Frank and Jesse

Over the years, talents as unique, wide and varied as Roy Rogers, Tyrone Power, and Kris Kristofferson have each portrayed the infamous outlaw Jesse James....

Brian Baker, Review, Oct. 28, 1994

Exit to Eden

There's limburger, there's Roquefort, there's gorgonzola, and there's Exit to Eden. This new film from director Marshall (Beaches) is pure cheese, and stinky cheese at...

Robert Faires, Review, Oct. 21, 1994

Sunday's Children

By his own account, Ingmar Bergman (The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Scenes from a Marriage) has retired from filmmaking. Yet you would never know that...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 21, 1994

I Like It Like That

A vibrant, passionate, romantic, funny, funky, and thoroughly realistic slice of black and Latino Bronx life that flies off the screen in the first few...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 21, 1994

Love Affair

It is fitting that this remake of the 1939 weep-o-rama (also entitled Love Affair) stars the closest thing to Hollywood royalty our modern society has....

Alison Macor, Review, Oct. 21, 1994

Little Giants

Little Giants offers nothing new in the way of children's entertainment. If you have ever seen a sports movie for kids, you already know exactly...

Brian Baker, Review, Oct. 21, 1994

The Bodyguard From Beijing

Hong Kong martial arts superstar Jet Li Lien-jie leaves his pigtail, swords, and spears behind for this entertaining modern-day action picture, opting instead for a...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Oct. 21, 1994

London

Narrated in the diffuse tones of Paul Scofield, Keiller's film is an atypical documentary look at modern London through the eyes of a pair of...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 21, 1994

Risk

“Sexy energy” is how Nikki (Price) describes the dynamic between her brother Joe (Ilku) and his girlfriend Maya (Sillas) in Deidre Fishel's debut film Risk....

Alison Macor, Review, Oct. 21, 1994

Pulp Fiction

Tarantino's second feature film lights up the screen with the same blazing torch that it carries for the idea of the movies.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 14, 1994

Only You

Note to Norman Jewison: Shots of the night sky and Italian spices do not a fine romance make. It's hard not seeing this comedy d'amore...

Robert Faires, Review, Oct. 14, 1994

Faust

The release of a new film by Svankmajer is always cause for celebration, and Faust is no exception. Svankmajer, the Czechoslovakian king of surreal animation,...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 14, 1994

First Shot

Neat stuff. A historical crime drama that, interestingly, takes place in Hong Kong of the early 1970s. The Hong Kong police force is rife with...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 14, 1994

The Specialist

Both Stallone and Stone have been aching for a hit of late; suffice to say, this quickly cobbled together ghost of a film isn't it....

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 14, 1994

Princess Caraboo

A female vagrant (Cates) appears suddenly in the British town of Bristol in 1817. She speaks some unrecognizable language and not a word of English,...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 7, 1994

Sex, Drugs & Democracy

This sure isn't Rush Limbaugh country. Prostitution is legal. The sale of marijuana is an accepted practice yet the sale of guns is illegal. Abortions...

Brian Baker, Review, Oct. 7, 1994

Blue Sky

A scene occurs three-quarters of the way through Blue Sky in which Carly Marshall (Lange) is driving with her two daughters to Nevada. Their blue...

Alison Macor, Review, Oct. 7, 1994

Return to a Better Tomorrow

With the Hong Kong martial arts epics of the last two years going out of style, the filmmakers from the free city seem more eager...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Oct. 7, 1994

Ed Wood

This biographical film is charming, melancholy, strange, and quirkily humorous. There's also a certain irony in giving the silver-screen treatment to the most infamous of bargain-basement directors and his motley crew of hangers-on.

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 7, 1994

Thieves Quartet

Ostensibly a film noir, Chappelle's feature debut borrows heavily from previous heist/crime films (Brando's 1969 The Night of the Following Day was cited by some)...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 7, 1994

Bhaji On the Beach

A simple sojourn at the seaside. A retreat from the cares of daily life. That's what this day trip for some “Asian Ladies” from Birmingham,...

Robert Faires, Review, Sep. 30, 1994

The River Wild

There's something empowering about watching Meryl Streep navigate the rapids in The River Wild. Directed by Curtis Hanson (The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, The...

Alison Macor, Review, Sep. 30, 1994

Dragon Lord

An important film in the development of Hong Kong action cinema, Dragon Lord is not one of Jackie Chan's best movies, but it is one...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Sep. 30, 1994

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

Anchoress

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

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