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Road Scholar

Shot in 1991, Road Scholar is that rare film: a documentary road movie that looks at America with eyes not hampered by the rose-tinted cultural...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 15, 1993

Mr. Jones

You can tell, from the very beginning, that this is a film that was made with very high hopes and noble aspirations. Cut from two...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 15, 1993


Set in the mysterious European village of Tolzbad during the 19th century, this third feature from Canadian director Guy Maddin (Tales From the Gimli Hospital,...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 15, 1993

Mr. Nanny

Word got out, I guess, that Schwarzenegger had a hit a few years back with Kindergarten Cop. Therefore, some lame-brains figured that – what the...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 15, 1993

The Beverly Hillbillies

Director Penelope Spheeris once again dives head-first into the American cultural crater (Wayne's World, The Boys Next Door, Suburbia, The Decline of Western Civilization) and...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 15, 1993


At four hours and eight minutes, plus intermission, Gettysburg is no date movie -- you won't have time for dinner before or energy for sex...

Steve Utley, Review, Oct. 15, 1993

Jacquot de Nantes

French filmmaker Jacques Demy (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Donkey Skin, The Young Girls of Rochefort) died a couple of years ago. His filmmaker wife, Agnes...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 8, 1993

The Silent Enemy

Unfortunately, of the few of you who've seen the great silent films you've probably seen mostly lousy prints, faded and jerky. Silent films by the...

Louis Black, Review, Oct. 8, 1993

For Love Or Money

Right off, let me get it out of the way that I like Michael J. Fox, as an actor and a presence, which should define...

Louis Black, Review, Oct. 8, 1993

Hated: G.G. Allin and the Murder Junkies

The heroin-induced death of G.G. Allin last June was a decidedly anticlimactic end to the life of “the most dangerous man in rock & roll.”...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 8, 1993

The Joy Luck Club

I love to cry while watching movies, but I prefer to do it on my own terms. I hate being told when to cry. I'd...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 8, 1993


Malice is well-named. It's a seething cauldron of animosity and venom that wants to spill over onto the viewer's lap. Maybe it depends on how...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 1, 1993

The Program

This hodgepodge of little stories about the members of a college football team contending for a championship is flaccid seasonal fare that will do all...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 1, 1993

A Bronx Tale

With A Bronx Tale, Robert De Niro makes a strong debut as a feature film director. The tendency, at first, is to suspect that De...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 1, 1993

The Good Son

Like Stepfather, like Son. Well, sort of. In the latest chapter of his “Hey! There's a Psycho in the Family” series, director Ruben (The Stepfather,...

Robert Faires, Review, Oct. 1, 1993

Cool Runnings

This movie about those most unlikely of sports heroes – the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team – is often silly but almost never funny.

Hollis Chacona, Review, Oct. 1, 1993

The Legend of Fong Sai-Yuk

Like the equally legendary Chinese folk hero Wong Fey-Hong, compatriot Fong Sai-Yuk was also partial to defending his kung fu-impaired brethren from the dishonest scoundrels...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 24, 1993


Filters. I don't normally think about filters as much as I did while watching this movie. If someone had spent half as much time thinking...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 24, 1993

Striking Distance

Patrolman Tom Hardy (Willis), from a Pittsburgh cop family, has testified against his partner and cousin (Pastorelli), helping to send him to jail. The same...

Louis Black, Review, Sep. 24, 1993

Police Story II

In the second part of Chan's Police Story opus, his detective is demoted to a traffic cop for his previous escapades but that still doesn't keep him out of trouble.

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 17, 1993

The Real McCoy

For once, it's good to see an actress step into the lead role of an action-adventure film -- a place that is usually reserved exclusively...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Sep. 17, 1993

Undercover Blues

When I was a kid, my mom would pop up a grocery bag full of popcorn, let us each pick a can from the tantalizing...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Sep. 17, 1993

The Young One

In 1961, while still working in Mexico, the great surrealist/moralist/atheist filmmaker Luis Buñuel released his only English language film, The Young One. New 35mm prints...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 17, 1993

True Romance

Written by wunderkind Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs) and directed by Tony Scott (Top Gun), True Romance is nothing if not consistently entertaining. It's the prototypical...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 17, 1993

Into the West

Into the West takes place once upon a time in modern Ireland. Papa Riley (Byrne) clearly loves his two young sons Tito (Conroy) and Ossie...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 17, 1993

The Music of Chance

Chance abounds in this intriguing adaptation of Paul Auster's novel, and there's a chance you may like one half and not like the other. Filmmaker...

Robert Faires, Review, Sep. 17, 1993


Hillbilly white trash squalor collides head-on with the urban artsy, always-dressed-in-black set in this moderately suspenseful crime drama that bears a slightly suspicious resemblance to...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Sep. 10, 1993

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media

As the title suggests, this nearly three-hour long documentary focuses on the work of MIT linguistics professor Chomsky, a man who is not only one...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 10, 1993

Romper Stomper

You know you're in for something different when the main character's first line of dialogue is a nerve-rattling “Fuck you!” directed squarely at the audience...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 10, 1993

Hard Boiled

(This print of Hard Boiled is John Woo's “director's cut” which includes several extra minutes deleted from the initial release print. Let's see... that ought...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 10, 1993


Equinox is a movie in the process of becoming a story. It is alternately frustrating, exciting, irritating, intriguing, isolated and involving. Like the dualities implied...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 10, 1993

El Cid

For this re-release of the 1961 epic El Cid, the film has been restored to its original condition. One of the most spectacular mega-productions ever...

Louis Black, Review, Sep. 10, 1993

Boxing Helena

Writer/director Lynch -- yes, she's the daughter of Twin Peaks guru David Lynch and it shows -- has generated much notoriety for her debut feature's...

Robert Faires, Review, Sep. 10, 1993

Calendar Girl

Mere calendars would be insufficient to gauge the sense of time one experiences while watching this movie. Eons might be a proper context if one...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 10, 1993


Certain films make me very glad I'm paid for what I do here. This is one of them. Despite the fact that director Gordon has...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 10, 1993

Only the Strong

The hook driving this latest entry in the martial arts film sweepstakes is capoeira, the Brazilian athletic technique that combines dance and martial arts moves....

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 3, 1993

Father Hood

Although Patrick Swayze has had the good fortune to be associated in the past with a couple of blockbusters (Dirty Dancing and Ghost), with Father...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Sep. 3, 1993

The Thing Called Love

Miranda Presley (Mathis) takes the bus from New York to Nashville to make it as a singing/songwriting star. Trying out and then waitressing at the...

Louis Black, Review, Sep. 3, 1993

Son of the Pink Panther

Never one to let Peter Sellers rest in peace while he could extract another simoleon from the cash cow that is the “Pink Panther” series,...

Robert Faires, Review, Sep. 3, 1993

City Hunter

What a marvelously silly film this is! Packed to the hilt with non-stop comic book action (the whole schmeer is loosely based on the adult...

Marc Savlov, Review, Sep. 3, 1993

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