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Tom & Viv

The Tom and Viv under scrutiny in this movie are none other than T.S. Eliot and his wife Vivienne. Eliot we all recognize as one...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 17, 1995

Roommates

“Family takes care of family,” snarls 75-year-old Rocky Holeczek, Polish immigrant, baker, and crusty patriarch of a Pittsburgh family which has just endured a tragedy...

Robert Faires, Review, Mar. 10, 1995

Fist of Legend

An action-packed remake of the Bruce Lee chopsocky classic The Chinese Connection, Fist of Legend stars Hong Kong's current king of martial arts superstars, Jet...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Mar. 10, 1995

Hideaway

This second feature from director Brett Leonard is a definite improvement over his first. The man who brought us last year's The Lawnmower Man (which,...

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 10, 1995

The Mangler

Adapted from the short story by Stephen “Bad Film Adaptations of My Work Only Make Me Stronger” King, this pointless exercise in tweaking the suits...

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 10, 1995

Man of the House

If you've seen the trailer for Man of the House, you have seen the best parts of the movie. And even that's not saying much....

Alison Macor, Review, Mar. 3, 1995

The Hunted

Coming on the heels of Juzo Itami's Minbo, this tale of a criminal faction of killer ninjas in modern day Japan can't help but seem...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Mar. 3, 1995

Floundering

John Boyz (LeGros) is a guy with problems. At 28, he's drifting aimlessly through life, his nights reduced to catnaps in an ongoing battle with...

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 3, 1995

Miami Rhapsody

Miami Rhapsody's aspirations are clear. It longs to be a Gershwin Manhattan. Easy-listening rum & Coke is more like what it achieves. Even if Mia...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 3, 1995

Strawberry and Chocolate

Tolerance is the main theme of this fascinating new film from Cuba. The story tracks the development of an improbable friendship between two Cuban men,...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 3, 1995

The Walking Dead

Hyped as the “first film to accurately portray the plight of African-American soldiers in Vietnam,” The Walking Dead instead comes across as a straight-ahead, cookie-cutter...

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 3, 1995

Century

As the 19th century gives way to the 20th, a young medical researcher (Owen) finds love and conflict in a London hospital. Though the cast...

Robert Faires, Review, Mar. 3, 1995

Minbo -- Or the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion

Far removed from the glamorized vision of the Japanese mob, or yakuza, as seen in stateside action films like Black Rain, Japanese filmmaker Juzo Itami...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Feb. 24, 1995

Latcho Drom

Gypsy music is the subject of this movie. Latcho Drom travels through India, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France, and Spain presenting the musical history...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 24, 1995

Just Cause

Connery is Paul Armstrong, a Harvard law professor noted for his enthusiastic opposition to the death penalty. When he receives information about a young black...

Marc Savlov, Review, Feb. 24, 1995

Heavyweights

“He Ain't Heavy, He's My Bunkmate” could be the theme song for Steven Brill's directorial debut Heavyweights, a film about a camp for overweight (weight-challenged?)...

Alison Macor, Review, Feb. 24, 1995

The Brady Bunch Movie

The Brady Bunch Movie is retro-Seventies overload: color it harvest gold and avocado green. It takes great delight in tormenting baby boomers in its celebration...

Steve Davis, Review, Feb. 24, 1995

Mr. Payback

“The world's first interactive movie” is either a giant leap forward for video-game enthusiasts or a large step backward for film purists. More likely, it...

Marc Savlov, Review, Feb. 17, 1995

Helas Pour Moi

Three or so decades ago, director Jean-Luc Godard was recognized as one of the seismic forces of the French New Wave that introduced us to...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 17, 1995

Billy Madison

After his stint at SNL, Adam Sandler broke out as a movie star with this comedy.

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Feb. 17, 1995

Teenage Catgirls in Heat

This Troma film was made right here in Austin and tells the lurid story of cats that metamorphose into nubile women and "rub up against things" and cause havoc.

Marc Savlov, Review, Feb. 17, 1995

A Man of No Importance

“You're either on the bus or off the bus” became one of the guiding mantras in Tom Wolfe's novel The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Taken...

Alison Macor, Review, Feb. 17, 1995

Muppets Treasure Island

Yo, ho, ho and a bottle of pop! Taking great liberties with Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel about pirates and buried riches, Muppet Treasure Island...

Steve Davis, Review, Feb. 16, 1995

Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead

It's somehow fitting that a movie with this unwieldy a title should also feature a cast of actors that virtually runs off the edge of...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 16, 1995

Vanya On 42nd Street

So many elements of excellence go into the making of Vanya on 42nd Street that it's amazing they all converge so seamlessly into the whole...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 10, 1995

The Quick and the Dead

There is, regrettably, precious little that is quick about Sam Raimi's newest film. It drags on interminably, laying out ritualized gunfight after ritualized gunfight, while...

Marc Savlov, Review, Feb. 10, 1995

Francois Truffaut: Stolen Portraits

An engrossing 93-minute documentary on filmmaker Francois Truffaut, one of France's most popular contributions to the world of film thus far, Toubiana (quasi-editor of Les...

Marc Savlov, Review, Feb. 10, 1995

The Beans of Egypt, Maine

Egypt, Maine is the other Maine, the part of the state that doesn't have Kennebunkport spreads and fresh-scrubbed, healthy complexions. Egypt is a depressed farming...

Alison Macor, Review, Feb. 10, 1995

The Jerky Boys

The dumbing down of America has picked up steam recently, if our movies are any indication. First it was those dang Gumpisms, then we got...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 10, 1995

Boys On the Side

To call Boys on the Side a “women's film” is a bit simplistic, but there's no doubt that it genuinely speaks to the powerful bond...

Steve Davis, Review, Feb. 3, 1995

The Madness of King George

In this country, he's a villain, the monarch whose abuse inspired a revolution, the ruler from whom we fled to found a democracy. But in...

Robert Faires, Review, Feb. 3, 1995

I, the Worst of All

Based on the book The Traps of Faith by Octavio Paz, this Argentinean film takes place in 17th century “New Spain” (Mexico) and Juana Ines de la Cruz enters a nunnery to pursue her intellectual aims.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 3, 1995

In the Mouth of Madness

Clearly having a ball, Carpenter fills the screen with equal amounts of unsettling atmosphere and shameless jolts, while at the same time successfully walking the tightrope that separates the horrific from the hilarious. ? Joey O'Bryan

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Feb. 3, 1995

Death and the Maiden

Adapted from the stage play by Ariel Dorfman, this spare, hideously intense film is Polanski's version of a cinematic roller coaster: up, down, sideways, it...

Marc Savlov, Review, Feb. 3, 1995

Highlander III: The Final Dimension

Lambert returns in this third and supposedly final installment in the Highlander trilogy. This time out, the Immortal Connor MacLeod (Lambert) runs afoul of the...

Marc Savlov, Review, Feb. 3, 1995

Before Sunrise

Richard Linklater takes one of the oldest romantic formulas in the book – strangers on a train – and creates a soulful melding of hearts, minds, and camera.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jan. 27, 1995

The Bride With White Hair II

Finally, a Hong Kong sequel that lives up to its precursor's premise (sort of). The titular bride of the first film, Lian (Lin) has gone...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jan. 27, 1995

Queen Margot

This visaully sumptuous story about regal intrigues and passions during the religious wars of the 16th century is based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas.

Alison Macor, Review, Jan. 27, 1995

From Beijing With Love

The James Bond 007 superspy genre is gleefully ripped to shreds in this typically jaw-dropping action/comedy from Hong Kong's number one goofball, Stephen Chaiu, who...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jan. 27, 1995

Higher Learning

Higher Learning is a disappointment. What might have been director Singleton's (Boyz N the Hood, Poetic Justice) most ambitious and potentially intriguing work, wound up...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jan. 20, 1995

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