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La Femme Nikita

Besson makes instant cult films. They are beautiful enough and stylish enough to make the critics squirm when they have to complain, “it's not enough.”...

Kathleen Maher, Review, May. 10, 1991

Ju Dou

Delirious melodrama, Chinese style. What a mix. I'm not sure what the Chinese reference points for this movie are. But in America they'd be Douglas...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 10, 1991

A Rage in Harlem

A Rage in Harlem literally bursts onto the screen with an opening sequence that leaves you agape at its fresh mixture of action, comedy and...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 3, 1991


It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...Julian Sands? Swooping around like some hell-bent Peter Pan, the grim-faced Sands must have been possessed to allow himself...

Steve Davis, Review, Apr. 26, 1991

Toy Soldiers

Machine guns and adolescent boys -- oh hold me back. Honestly, no one expects me to like this kind of film, but they wrong me....

Kathleen Maher, Review, Apr. 26, 1991

Mortal Thoughts

What went wrong here? There's so much fascinating potential lurking in this movie that when it fails to deliver, it's a mortal disappointment. Start with...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 26, 1991

The Killer

This is the film that made John Woo and Chow Yun-Fat household names within action-crazed American households. Elements of conventional melodrama and criminal double-crosses blend in this story about a hitman conducting one last job to earn the money to restore the eyesight of a woman he had previously blinded.

Kathleen Maher, Review, Apr. 19, 1991

Out for Justice

I didn't care much for this movie. It's brutal and it's brutalizing. It seeks to make the audience an accomplice rather than a rational observer....

Kathleen Maher, Review, Apr. 19, 1991

The Marrying Man

The Marrying Man is really an anti-romantic comedy. It's the exhaustion from enduring the superficially plotted tribulations of getting hitched and divorced three times which...

Steve Davis, Review, Apr. 12, 1991

Predator Two

As Super-cop Glover gets closer to the Predator, this alien fighting machine gains nothing resembling coherency or sense. Its modus operandi is search and destroy....

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jan. 11, 1991

Wild at Heart

In love and on the lam – David Lynch-style.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jan. 11, 1991

Home Alone

Home Alone is the apex, the pinnacle, the culmination of every bad bit Hughes has ever written or directed. It overflows with primitive, disastrously unfunny sight gags and neo-hateful familial humor.

Marc Savlov, Review, Jan. 11, 1991

Edward Scissorhands

Burton's combination of fantastic and real imagery adds to this story's dreamy but satiric edge. Depp, as the the fragile but irresistibly fabulous title character, is "shear" delight.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Dec. 21, 1990

Mala Noche - Old Version

Gus Van Sant, the director of Drugstore Cowboy and My Own Private Idaho made his feature filmmaking debut in 1985 writing, producing and directing the...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 3, 1989

Friday the 13th: Part VIII – Jason Takes Manhattan

[Sung to the tune of "New York, New York"]

(Da da da spurt spurt)
(Da da da spurt spurt)
(Da da da spurt spurt...

Steve Davis, Review, Aug. 4, 1989

Weekend at Bernie's

At last, a summer comedy with something to offend everyone: Weekend at Bernie's is a laugh riot featuring a dead body, a couple of despicable...

Warren Spector, Review, Jul. 14, 1989

Oliver & Company

There's a lot right with this updated version of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, in which abandoned kitty Oliver (Lawrence) falls in with a streetwise band...

Marie Mahoney, Review, Nov. 18, 1988

Friday the 13th: Part VII – The New Blood

From betwixt my fingers peered
exactly what my soul had feared.
To the bone, a nerve shoots chilling,
Jason on a rampage killing.
There is...

Steve Davis, Review, May. 20, 1988


I'm always at a loss when I try to come up with a critical response to such dismissible films as Tomboy. Sure, this film about...

Kathleen Maher, Review, Apr. 19, 1985

Friday the 13th: Part V – A New Beginning

Like the swallows to Capistrano, each year brings another corpse-stacking installment of the Friday the 13th series. The critic's problem: how to uniquely review each...

Steve Davis, Review, Apr. 5, 1985

Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend

The fact that they changed the title from Baby to this much clumsier signature should have been a warning, but given the talent involved with...

Marie Mahoney, Review, Apr. 5, 1985

Kiss Me Deadly

Aldrich's paranoid film is the definitive Mike Hammer movie, outsleazing even Mickey Spillane’s conception of the private dick as an amoral slob.

George Morris, Review, Jan. 25, 1985

Tuff Turf

Imagine a WASPy, pre-schooled James Dean in an Izod and white Adidas tennis shoes and you've got the rebellious teenaged hero of Tuff Turf. It's...

Steve Davis, Review, Jan. 25, 1985

Making the Grade

What happens when a wealthy preppy hires a street kid from Brooklyn to attend prep school for him? Well, not much of a movie, that's...

Fred Burke, Review, Jun. 1, 1984

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

Scott Bowles is going to pay this time. He assigned this movie to me knowing that it would give me a stomach ache, but he...

Steve Davis, Review, Apr. 20, 1984

Smokey and the Bandit – Part 3

It was during the sequence in which a bunch of funny Ku Klux Klansmen running riding in a flatbed truck attack a pickup driven by...

Scott Bowles, Review, Aug. 19, 1983

Trading Places

Even without Eddie Murphy, Trading Places, would be a pretty terrific film. Timothy Harris and Herschel Weingrod's script is bright enough to avoid the cliches...

Scott Bowles, Review, Jun. 10, 1983

The Toy

Inept, revolting, heavy-handed, vulgar, maudlin, stupid, insulting, and boring are just a few of the words that come to mind when describing this pathetic 100-minute...

Martin Chait, Review, Dec. 17, 1982

Amityville II: The Possession

I really love horror movies. Which is why these last few years have been so painful. At their best, the fear and revulsion at the...

Nick Barbaro, Review, Nov. 12, 1982

The Ten Commandments

DeMille's Technicolor version of this Biblical tale is a durable and star-studded extravaganza. The movie sports Oscars for its special effects.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Batman Returns

Gotham City is once again riven with crime, so Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton's Batman save the citizens from the megalomaniacs.

Kathleen Maher, Review

The Wizard of Oz W/pink Floyd

This special midnight screeing of America's beloved classic will be played with the soundtrack from Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon. Ah, but...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Safety Last

Due to a scheduling conflict, Harold Lloyd's Safety Last will screen instead of The Navigator. The live musical accompaniment will be performed by the Garreth...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

The Fisher King

Seems like the rule in Hollywood is that if you're searching for the Holy Grail, director Terry Gilliam is the man to call. The Fisher...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

What About Bob?

In this classic comedy, Murray plays a patient who drives his shrink (Dreyfuss) crazy.

Steve Davis, Review

Meet Me in St. Louis

Set during the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904, this musical is heavy on the Americana but loaded with great songs and performances. Margaret O'Brien...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review


It’s the movie that put Transylvania on the map and the role to which Bela Lugosi became forever linked.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

The Castle of Cagliostro

Hayao Miyazaki made his debut as a director of animated films with this story of the greatest gentleman thief of all time: Lupin III.

Marc Savlov, Review

Rear Window

One of Hitchcock's most accessible films is also one of his most gleefully deviant, dealing as it does with such fun urban pastimes as voyeurism and spousal mayhem.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Journey Into Amazing Caves

This film follows expedition leaders Dr. Hazel Barton and Nancy Aulenback as they tunnel through Greenland's ice caves, explore the aquatic chambers beneath the jungles of the Yucatan, and rappel the limestone caverns of the Grand Canyon.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

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