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Young Soul Rebels

It's the summer of 1977, the week of the Queen's Silver Jubilee, a high point of pre-Thatcher British nationalist fervor. In the poor East End...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jan. 31, 1992

Exposure

Most of this you've seen before and seen done better. Coyote stars as photographer Peter Mandrake (subtle name, eh?) who's working in Rio de Janeiro...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jan. 31, 1992

Freejack

Certainly, you'd expect something with a little imagination from Murphy, the New Zealand director who attracted critical attention with his first two features, Utu and...

Louis Black, Review, Jan. 24, 1992

Fist of the North Star

With more viscera per minute than a John Woo film and enough exploding craniums to render David Cronenberg a lightweight, this new example of over-the-top...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jan. 24, 1992

Juice

Dickerson's story of street kids at risk breaks no new ground. It is better than most, but not by much. Sure looks good, though. Dickerson...

Kathleen Maher, Review, Jan. 24, 1992

The Architecture of Doom

Using archival footage, still photography, and clips from propaganda films, the impeccably researched documentary The Architecture of Doom formulates a convincing thesis about Hitler and...

Steve Davis, Review, Jan. 24, 1992

Naked Lunch

Leave it to Cronenberg to tackle William S. Burroughs' notorious – and notoriously "unfilmable" – novel. Then add in a score by Ornette Coleman.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jan. 24, 1992

Kuffs

In the wake of his brother's death, 21-year-old George Kuffs (Slater) has inherited a San Francisco “Patrol Special” district. That's sort of a minor-league police...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jan. 24, 1992

Voyeur

Oedipus in a teacup. Director van Warmerdam plays an agoraphobic young man entertained only by the visions afforded him by his binoculars and the nightly...

Kathleen Maher, Review, Jan. 24, 1992

At Play in the Fields of the Lord

The ponderous At Play in the Fields of the Lord commits the cardinal sin that befalls so many well-intentioned films based on highly regarded literary...

Steve Davis, Review, Jan. 24, 1992

Herdsmen of the Sun and Les Maitres Fou

Herzog returns to Africa (where he made the astounding Fata Morgana) to document a celebration of the nomadic Wodaabe tribe. In this 1988 documentary, Herzog...

Kathleen Maher, Review, Jan. 17, 1992

Antonia & Jane

Jane resents Antonia's classy, good looks, her impressive job in publishing, her ordered family life and her easy wealth and good fortune. Or so Jane...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jan. 17, 1992

The Famine Within

With help from the Canadian Film Board, which has been remarkably supportive of women's film, Gilday has made a documentary about women's very intense and...

Kathleen Maher, Review, Jan. 17, 1992

Grand Canyon

Outside of the overly religious, I usually like people who believe in miracles because they allow for the possibilities of wonder. Miracles are regarded by...

Louis Black, Review, Jan. 17, 1992

Mala Noche

Van Sant's first major film is a gritty, low-budget take on unrequited love set in the skid row of Portland, Ore. The film is a mordant, black-and-white diamond in the rough.

Steve Davis, Review, Jan. 10, 1992

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

When Claire Bartel (Sciorra) and her yuppie husband Michael (McCoy) find themselves in need of a nanny for their young daughter Emma and newborn Joe,...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jan. 10, 1992

Rush

Kim Wozencraft's semi-autobiographical novel is the source material for this film about a couple of cops in Beaumont, Texas, who become heavily involved in drug use while working deep undercover.

Kathleen Maher, Review, Jan. 10, 1992

Stepping Out

This promises to deliver like an old-time Hollywood musical with Minnelli as teacher cum cheerleader to a bunch of flatfooted hoofers....

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jan. 3, 1992

Close My Eyes

Hmmmm. It's just the teensiest bit difficult to view incest sympathetically, yet that's what British playwright/director Poliakoff asks us to do. Reeves and Owen play...

Kathleen Maher, Review, Dec. 27, 1991

Bugsy

The tragedy of Levinson's career is that he wants to make epics, but the source of his success is in strong characters and close-in work...

Kathleen Maher, Review, Dec. 27, 1991

Madame Bovary

This ever-faithful adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's classic French novel is often as compelling as its source, no mean feat considering the power of Flaubert's tragic...

Steve Davis, Review, Dec. 27, 1991

JFK

Oliver Stone gives the "lone gunman" assassination theory a run for its money.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Dec. 27, 1991

Europa Europa

In this award-winning foreign film, a Jewish boy during World War II adopts various non-Jewish identities in order to save his hide, but his uncircumcised penis becomes a dead giveaway.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Dec. 27, 1991

The Prince of Tides

Streisand and her collaborators, including author Pat Conroy, did a good job of turning his unwieldy book into an interesting movie. In this version, Melinda...

Kathleen Maher, Review, Dec. 27, 1991

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

For the (allegedly) final installment of the Star Trek saga, J. Tiberius Kirk and crew present us with one of the dullest films of the...

Marc Savlov, Review, Dec. 13, 1991

The Last Boy Scout

Willis plays a detective who was once a squeaky clean Secret Service agent but who has fallen on emotional hard times. Thanks to his past...

Kathleen Maher, Review, Dec. 13, 1991

My Girl

Sunshine on a cloudy day, it ain't. In the lame coming-of-age comedy/drama My Girl, set in 1972, pre-teen tomboy, Veda (Chlumsky) has her share of...

Steve Davis, Review, Dec. 6, 1991

For the Boys

It's not as if anyone had any illusions about this movie. From the first frame of the first trailer, it was clear For the Boys...

Kathleen Maher, Review, Dec. 6, 1991

City Zero

This prize-winning Russian film is an absurdist comedy about a rock'n'roll scandal, mistaken identity and life lived in the shadows of Stalinism and the Twilight...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Dec. 6, 1991

Uranus

What did you do during the war? It's 1945 in a little town in France after the Liberation. War-weary citizens are attempting to resume their...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Dec. 6, 1991

The Addams Family

It took decades to finally bring a worthy film version of Charles Addams' eerie cartoon family to the screen, but here it is. First-time director...

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 29, 1991

Archangel

Guy Maddin, the (seemingly) deranged Winnipeg director of Tales from the Gimli Hospital has returned to confuse, annoy, or enthrall audiences (depending on your outlook)...

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 29, 1991

An American Tail: Fievel Goes West

Produced by Steven Spielberg, this animated film follows the further adventures of the Mousekewitz family, who came to America to escape the cat pogroms.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 29, 1991

Beauty and the Beast

The Disney classic returns to theatres with a 3-D update.

Kathleen Maher, Review, Nov. 29, 1991

Prospero's Books

This Greenaway film deconstructs Shakespeare's The Tempest with egotistical fervor – the play's not the thing, but Greenaway's vanity is.

Steve Davis, Review, Nov. 29, 1991

Blood & Concrete: A Love Story

Joey Turks (Zane) is a none-too-bright Hollywood sneak thief with nicer hair than mine, sort of a 90210-guy gone awry. Stabbed in the process of...

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 22, 1991

The Man in the Moon

Just when I'd given up on seeing teenaged girls portrayed in current movies as anything other than boy-crazy bowheads or distaff rebels without causes or...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 22, 1991

Cape Fear

Riveting. Suspenseful. Thoughtful. Well-planned. Well-acted. If this is Scorsese's bid for the commercial big time, then let the cash registers ring. Menacing. Psychologically thin. Routinely...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 22, 1991

The Story of Boys and Girls

The Story of Boys and Girls would love nothing so much as to be a Jean Renoir movie. Or perhaps an intergenerational, societal panorama by...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 22, 1991

Black Robe

As a history lesson, it's not likely that Black Robe will improve on the sketchy, inaccurate and romantized notions about the Native Americans of Northern...

Kathleen Maher, Review, Nov. 22, 1991

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