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Who's the Mannull

The opening barber shop scene in this film promises a devilish trip through the world of Harlem street and shop life. As the camera wanders...

Louis Black, Review, Apr. 30, 1993

Boiling Point

Gerald Petievich's novels are usually tensely atmospheric thrillers that feed on themselves, layering scenes, characters and dialogue until Los Angeles, the city that seems to...

Louis Black, Review, Apr. 23, 1993

Peking Opera Blues

Deception and betrayal in culture and politics take center stage in this splendid narrative that shifts between farce and violence, suspense and emotionality.

Pamela Bruce, Review, Apr. 23, 1993

Ethan Frome

Based upon the novel of forbidden passion and despair in the grim, frostbitten rural life of 19th-century New England, the cinematic version of Ethan Frome...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Apr. 23, 1993


Riff-Raff is a comedy/drama with a ferocious social conscience. As seen through the eyes of a Scottish working class stiff biding time on a London...

Steve Davis, Review, Apr. 23, 1993

Discrète, La

Like fellow countrymen Eric Rohmer and Francois Truffaut, newcomer Vincent has a razor keen eye for the tiny, seemingly trivial details that most people never...

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 23, 1993

Dead Alive

The Citizen Kane of Oedipal zombie-cannibal-right to death-comedy-love stories. In this early film, Jackson takes the shopworn flesh-eating zombie genre by its rotting horns, adds a dash of Monty Python, and comes up with a film so gleefully over-the-top that it's decidedly hard not to gag while you're laughing yourself incontinent.

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 16, 1993

Just Another Girl On the I.R.T.

It's safe to say that you haven't seen many characters like Chantel (Johnson) in the movies before -- an African-American teenage girl who dreams of...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 16, 1993

Benny & Joon

Naïf meets waif in this touching yet whimsically unrealistic tale of love amongst society's write-offs.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 16, 1993

Ladro Di Bambini (Stolen Children), Il

Set in and around Milan, Italy, Il Ladro de Bambini follows the journey of a young, idealistic army officer (Verso) and the two young children...

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 16, 1993

The Adventures of Huck Finn

It's hard to know who might be the targeted audience for this seventh film adaptation of Mark Twain's classic novel. Some of the material is...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 9, 1993

Female Misbehavior

Female Misbehavior is a compilation of four short documentaries by feminist film director Monika Treut (Seduction: The Cruel Woman, Virgin Machine, My Father Is Coming)....

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 9, 1993

Indecent Proposal

Money can't buy you love but it can get you a reasonable facsimile thereof. In Indecent Proposal, a billionaire slumming in Las Vegas tests this...

Steve Davis, Review, Apr. 9, 1993

Jack the Bear

Jack the Bear is a bear alright -- at times warm and cuddly like a panda but still a beast that you might not want...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 9, 1993

Project A -- Part II

Apparently quite a few people think this is one of Chan's best films. I guess I'm not one of them, because I still think that...

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 9, 1993

Cop and a Half

Most of you will have to take my word for this, because only the utterly irrational will find a reason to see this movie, but...

Louis Black, Review, Apr. 9, 1993

The Crush

With plot holes so large you could drive a HumVee through them, this debut film from director Shapiro is little more than a lousy hybrid,...

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 9, 1993

Man Bites Dog

Is it a comedy? A documentary? An underground gore-fest? Man Bites Dog, the first feature film from Belgian director Rémy Belvaux, is all of these...

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 2, 1993

Married to It

The failures of this awkward melodrama are so obvious -- you stop little short of hissing at the villains -- and so abundant that prudence...

Louis Black, Review, Apr. 2, 1993

Hear No Evil

There's something sadistic about films which purposely place impaired persons in danger for the sake of suspense. Treating the impairment as a liability making one...

Steve Davis, Review, Apr. 2, 1993

The Match Factory Girl

With not even 70 minutes total running time and, seemingly, not more than two dozen total lines of dialogue, The Match Factory Girl spins a compelling narrative, a devastating cultural portrait, and an object lesson in the less-is-more school of storytelling.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 2, 1993

Rich in Love

The team who brought us Driving Miss Daisy is now driving its brand of Southern sentimental hogwash into the ground. Producers Richard and Lili Zanuck,...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 26, 1993

The Opposite Sex (And How to Live With Them)

Let's face it folks. The quest to find Mr. or Ms. Right in the heterosexual dating game is more often than not about as enjoyable...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Mar. 26, 1993


At 154 minutes, this expansive Chinese film version of the life of actress Ruan Ling-yu -- China's answer to Greta Garbo and one of that...

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 26, 1993

American Fabulous

Perched like a queen on her throne -- here, the back seat of a 1957 Cadillac -- Jeffrey Strough gives a royal performance in American...

Steve Davis, Review, Mar. 26, 1993

Point of No Return

Unlike another recent European remake which shall remain nameless (The Vanishing), John Badham's American take on Luc Besson's 1991 La Femme Nikita not only manages...

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 26, 1993


In the last year or so, French cinema has taken a retrospective look at its country's colonial legacy in Southeast Asia through such films as...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Mar. 26, 1993

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III

The kids sure do love these creatures. Their folks can't understand why. And that, in a nut -- er, tortoise -- shell justifies the attraction....

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 26, 1993

My New Gun

This quirky little suburban comedy -- the story of the chain reaction set in motion when a young doctor purchases an unwanted handgun for his...

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 19, 1993

A Far Off Place

There are big guns all over A Far Off Place: Uzi-bearing bad guys, shotgun-carrying Great White Hunter turned anti-poacher vigilante, rifle-wielding young heroine... Even bigger...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Mar. 19, 1993

Rain Without Thunder

The year is 2042 and the word “terminator” has taken on a new cultural meaning. Terminators are the abortionists of this future society. By constitutional...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 19, 1993


From the director of Guncrazy -- a smart, funny movie with an abundance of firepower and cool music -- comes this alleged parody of the...

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 19, 1993

Fire in the Sky

Little more than an extended episode of network television's Unsolved Mysteries, this tale of alien abduction -- based, of course, on the proverbial true story...

Steve Davis, Review, Mar. 19, 1993

Buffalo Jump

Independent first feature from writer-director Chris Johnstone boasts good notices, including a strong review in Variety that notes: “Plot deals with two 30ish wanderers, Nick...

Louis Black, Review, Mar. 19, 1993

Street Knight

Actioners are basically revenge fantasies acted out in different narrative configurations. The genre is basically dominated by wooden leading men. Unfortunately, this has led scores...

Louis Black, Review, Mar. 19, 1993

Swing Kids

Naïve yet eternally attractive is the idea that a generation can change the world through its music. New waves in music generally bring with them...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 12, 1993


Boy meets girl meets Smith & Wesson. Tamra Davis' directorial debut is a noir-ish, adrenaline-fueled tale of a love on the border between teen angst...

Marc Savlov, Review, Mar. 12, 1993

Best of the Best Two

The really big question here is, does anyone remember Radler's 1989 film Best of the Best? Chances are that no one does -- or cares...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Mar. 12, 1993

The Judas Project

Eternal Life is what you'll need to make it through this modern-garbed passion play. The Judas Project tells the story of Jesus in modern drag....

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 5, 1993


The motto over at Fifty/Fifty's production house ought to be: “Cannon Pictures: All the grace of a howitzer.” Part action-adventure about a couple of mercenaries...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Mar. 5, 1993

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