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Lightning Jack

From the director of Free Willy comes this silly waste of time, a Western for people that hate Westerns. Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee) is Lightning...

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 18, 1994

Blue

My first impression is to say that Blue is a very adult movie. By using the word “adult,” I don't mean to imply that it's...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 18, 1994

Guarding Tess

A secret service agent, just itching to throw himself in front of a speeding bullet bound for a political VIP, finds himself instead sentenced to...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Mar. 18, 1994

The Accompanist

Set during the winter of 1942-43 in German-occupied Paris and wartime London, this French movie tells the story of the accompanists of the world, the...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 18, 1994

Oscar Shorts 1993

When casting your vote every year in the office Oscar pool, the categories of documentary and live-action shorts are usually met with shoulder shrugs and...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 18, 1994

Trading Mom

Any kid who has ever wished his or her nagging mother gone ought to enjoy the logic of Trading Mom. When their working, single-parent mom...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 11, 1994

China Moon

Why is this film being touted as “the Body Heat of the Nineties?” True, there are some parallels between the 1981 steamy thriller starring William...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Mar. 11, 1994

What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Based on Peter Hedges's award-winning book (he also wrote the screenplay for the film), Swedish director Lasse Hallström's new film treads similar thematic territory as...

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 11, 1994

Greedy

Greedy ain't greedy enough. Sure, this comedy from writing team Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel (A League of Their Own, Splash, City Slickers) and director...

Robert Faires, Review, Mar. 11, 1994

The Chase

Just once I'd like to hear the director of a big, dumb chase film like this one say, “Hey, it's a big, dumb chase film.”...

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 11, 1994

Combination Platter

Befitting its title, Tony Chan's 83-minute, $250,000 independent first feature affords the viewer a tantalizing pastiche of characters, each different in nuance and flavor, but...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Mar. 11, 1994

Angie

Angie's having an identity crisis and it's not always pretty to watch. Despite starring the beautiful and hard-working Geena Davis, it has a kind of...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 4, 1994

Jamon Jamon

Jamon Jamon proves that Pedro Almodovar isn't the only rascally director these days to be mining the rich Spanish soil. Jamon Jamon (which translates as...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 4, 1994

Living Proof: HIV and the Pursuit of Happiness

This is a documentary about living with AIDS and the emphasis is on living. The focus is life-affirming and joyful. While Living Proof does not...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 4, 1994

Sugar Hill

Fifteen minutes into this film, you suddenly realize you don't dare blink for fear of missing a gorgeous shot. Director of photography Bojan Bazelli and...

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 4, 1994

Red Rock West

More proof that American film noir is still alive and kicking (probably gutshot, eh?). Red Rock West feels like a Jim Thompson novel, looks like...

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 4, 1994

The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg

After numerous documentaries tracing the lively literary exploits of Beat icons William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, someone has finally brought us full circle with this...

Marc Savlov, Review, Feb. 25, 1994

God of Gamblers III: Back to Shanghai

Ouch. The original God of Gamblers, with Chow Yun-Fat, was an ingenious blend of surreal comedy and gangster drama that kept your attention from start...

Marc Savlov, Review, Feb. 25, 1994

Aelita: Queen of Mars

Austin quintet, the Invincible Czars, debut a new score for this Soviet science-fiction propaganda film chock-full of Constructivist set design.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 25, 1994

The Snapper

Based upon the second volume of Roddy Doyle's working class Irish trilogy (the first book was adapted by Alan Parker in The Commitments), director Frears...

Marc Savlov, Review, Feb. 25, 1994

Romeo is Bleeding

Romeo is bleeding and we just don't care. Long ago in this movie, we stopped caring about characters and logic and rational boundaries. The piece...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 25, 1994

On Deadly Ground

Let's just say this: I didn't leave On Deadly Ground liking Steven Seagal any better than I did before going in. With On Deadly Ground,...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 25, 1994

8 Seconds

Based on the true story of rodeo star Lane Frost, director Avildsen (Rocky, The Karate Kid) returns to the thematic territory he knows so well...

Marc Savlov, Review, Feb. 25, 1994

Blue Chips

Written over 12 years ago by Ron Shelton (the writer and director of Bull Durham and White Men Can't Jump), the story of Blue Chips...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 25, 1994

Bank Robber

Lisa Bonet is back in action and, somehow, I suspect that banks are not the only things bein robbed here....

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 18, 1994

Reality Bites

Stiller's first feature film as a director captured the zeitgeist and is imbued with an honest and sarcastic wit.

Marc Savlov, Review, Feb. 18, 1994

Spike & Mike's Festival of Animation '94

Art and dogs. They're the saving graces in this latest toon-fest from California's Spike Decker and Mike Gribble. The duo has assembled another hodgepodge of...

Robert Faires, Review, Feb. 18, 1994

My Girl Two

I got one of those Indiglo watches for Christmas and while viewing My Girl 2, I pressed the illumination button on it three times. (My...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Feb. 18, 1994

Wittgenstein

In his highly stylized fashion, Derek Jarman explores the mind of the 20th century Viennese philosopher.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 18, 1994

Blank Check

“Blank check” must be what these filmmakers had when they made this movie. Not that it reeks of extravagance in its workmanship, this movie simply...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 18, 1994

Boys' Shorts: The New Queer Cinema

Six better-than-average short works by filmmakers from Australia, Canada, England and the U.S. are showcased here, all sharing the common denominator of concern about what...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Feb. 18, 1994

Stepping Razor -- Red X

Judging from this insightful documentary, Jamaican reggae superstar Peter Tosh was a strange blend indeed. Part paranoid, part religious mystic, and part genius entertainer, Tosh's...

Marc Savlov, Review, Feb. 11, 1994

Gunmen

At its best, Gunmen is a pale imitation of other, better films. At its worst, it's instantly forgettable. Or have I gotten those two reversed?...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 11, 1994

It's All True: Based On an Unfinished Film by Orson Welles

It's All True provides a missing piece of film history. In 1942, while Orson Welles was completing The Magnificent Ambersons, his follow-up to Citizen Kane,...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 11, 1994

Death in Brunswick

Some days it just doesn't pay to clean up your life and grow up. The day Carl Fitzgerald finally stumbles out of his trashed-out Melbourne...

Robert Faires, Review, Feb. 11, 1994

I'll Do Anything

After Terms of Endearment and Broadcast News, two remarkably provocative and entertaining films, Brooks's next film was eagerly awaited. I'll Do Anything, though, hit the...

Louis Black, Review, Feb. 11, 1994

My Father the Hero

Take Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, plot lines from Preston Sturges's sociopathic screwball comedy The Lady Eve and a second-rate sitcom, add a dash...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Feb. 11, 1994

The Getaway

This remake of the 1972 Peckinpah gem lacks the Ali McGraw/Steve McQueen heart and soul of the original, opting instead for the vacuous and thoroughly...

Marc Savlov, Review, Feb. 11, 1994

The Legend of Fong Sai-Yuk II

This is a sequel that is occasionally superior to the original. Jet Li returns as Chinese folk hero Fong Sai-Yuk, the well-shorn acolyte of the...

Marc Savlov, Review, Feb. 11, 1994

Ruby in Paradise

Ruby in paradise. Ruby in Florida. Ruby out of the hills of Tennessee. Ruby adrift in the Sunshine State. Ashley Judd (daughter of Naomi, sister...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Feb. 4, 1994

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