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The Turbulence press notes mention that director Butler was the man behind such madcap Disney escapades as The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes and The Barefoot...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jan. 10, 1997

The People vs. Larry Flynt

A flag-waver for the free speech set, The People vs. Larry Flynt isn’t what you might expect it to be – it’s more raucous than...

Steve Davis, Review, Jan. 10, 1997


That Madonna… she’s voguing again. This time she strikes a pose as Eva Peron, the cultishly worshipped former first lady of Argentina and, not incidentally,...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jan. 10, 1997

Ghosts of Mississippi

Rob Reiner’s steadfastly upright take on the assassination of civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963 is a curious film. Like Alan Parker’s Mississippi Burning,...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jan. 10, 1997

Breaking the Waves

Danish director Lars von Trier's stunning English-language debut reminds me of Tom Wolfe's statement that few artists find their calling because they have Big Ideas...

Russell Smith, Review, Dec. 27, 1996

The Evening Star

She's been gone for 15 years, but the memory of Emma -- beloved daughter, mother, and friend -- still haunts the characters in The Evening...

Steve Davis, Review, Dec. 27, 1996


Travolta plays an unkempt, beer-swilling, Beatles-quoting angel who – yes – also dances.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Dec. 27, 1996


An earnest visionary devoted to improving dire conditions back home must play games of wit with the court of Versailles in order to win backing for his drainage project.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Dec. 25, 1996


What is it about our mad artists that makes us love them so? Shine now adds the story of Australian pianist David Helfgott to our...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Dec. 25, 1996

One Fine Day

One Fine Day begins as anything but that for divorced Manhattan mom and architect Melanie Parker (Pfeiffer). Kept up without much sleep by her chattering...

Alison Macor, Review, Dec. 20, 1996

The Crucible

Here's a conundrum: how to film a drama about mass hysteria without the end product becoming shrill and hysterical? It's a problem that's not fully...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Dec. 20, 1996

Beavis and Butt-Head Do America

MTV Films' second foray into the world of big-screen entertainment (their first was this summer's hamstrung Joe's Apartment) takes the network's most popular animated stars...

Marc Savlov, Review, Dec. 20, 1996


Based on Thomas Hardy's late 19th-century British novel Jude the Obscure, the more simply titled Jude has a strangely contemporary feel to it. Perhaps it's...

Steve Davis, Review, Dec. 20, 1996

My Fellow Americans

Here's more evidence -- as if the booming sales of those When I Am Old I Shall Wear Purple books weren't enough -- that the...

Russell Smith, Review, Dec. 20, 1996

Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent

Conspicuously missing from the ranks of 19th- and early 20th-century authors rushed to the screen by a suddenly Mad About Classix Hollywood is Polish-born novelist...

Russell Smith, Review, Dec. 20, 1996

Twelfth Night

Too gorgeous for words? That's how you might be tempted to sum up Trevor Nunn's film adaptation of this lyrical Shakespearean comedy. Every frame seems...

Robert Faires, Review, Dec. 20, 1996


A triumphant return to form for Wes Craven, Scream is the kind of psychological slasher film for which horror fans have been waiting years. The...

Marc Savlov, Review, Dec. 19, 1996

Mars Attacks!

Burton's sci-fi spoof gleefully recounts the unspeakable horror that takes place when Martians attack the planet Earth.

Alison Macor, Review, Dec. 13, 1996

Jerry Maguire

Jerry Maguire opens with the kind of event that a more traditional movie would generally save for its concluding moments. This disruption should be our...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Dec. 13, 1996


Bizarre, arresting, and wholly original, Cyclo is like nothing you've ever seen before, except perhaps in uneasy slumbers. Set in modern-day Ho Chi Minh City,...

Marc Savlov, Review, Dec. 13, 1996


Remember that scene between Marlon Brando and Rod Steiger in the back seat of a car in On the Waterfront, the one in which Brando...

Steve Davis, Review, Dec. 13, 1996

My Life and Times With Antonin Artaud

Antonin Artaud, a crazed visionary who spilled his blood and guts into theatrical productions, poems, and drawings that expressed his yearning for art that liberated...

Russell Smith, Review, Dec. 13, 1996

The Preacher's Wife

When talk turns to remakes of movie classics, it's all too easy to slip into an obsessive compare-and-contrast groove. Luckily for you readers, my memories...

Russell Smith, Review, Dec. 13, 1996

Mother Night

Bing Crosby croons “White Christmas” while the camera scans the image of the blue-and-white Israeli flag: That's the viewer's initiation into the world of Mother...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Dec. 6, 1996


Before the rigors of “rehab” acquired an American cachet and a therapeutic gold standard associated with privilege and the name Betty Ford, the revolutionary Chinese...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Dec. 6, 1996


The spirit of Irwin Allen lives on in this displaced summer blockbuster that posits Stallone and his ever-thickening accent as Kit Latura, the former head...

Marc Savlov, Review, Dec. 6, 1996

Paris Was a Woman

The Parisian literary and artistic community of the 1920s and '30s wasn't the first in which women played central roles. But as director Schiller and...

Russell Smith, Review, Dec. 6, 1996

Jingle All the Way

Jingle All the Way is yet another scary, mean-spirited, holiday “comedy” that's about as much fun as a stocking full of dead spiders. Producer Chris...

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 29, 1996

Madame Butterfly

Now that America's 25- to 40-year-olds have embraced en masse such old-school cultural sacraments as hard liquor, Vegas, muscle cars, and Betty Page-inspired fashions, the...

Russell Smith, Review, Nov. 29, 1996


One low-grade philosophical insight most of us have had is the similarity between our own social structures and those of lower animals. The proof is...

Russell Smith, Review, Nov. 29, 1996

101 Dalmatians

At least a couple of times every month, the dogs in my neighborhood start barking at each other. “Hey! Here comes that meter reader!” or...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Nov. 29, 1996

Star Trek: First Contact

Directed by the Enterprise's executive officer “Number One,” First Contact is what you might expect from Commander Will Riker (Frakes): action, action, chat, action. Not...

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 22, 1996

The English Patient

Based on the Booker Award-winning novel by Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient is a lush, sprawling epic about romantic betrayal and redemption set against the...

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 22, 1996

Rendezvous in Paris

Opinions about French film director Eric Rohmer tend to diverge sharply into two entrenched camps. One regards the doggedly productive septuagenarian as an ageless treasure...

Russell Smith, Review, Nov. 22, 1996


Lint gray clouds roll down from the Cascade Mountains and spit lukewarm drizzle on mildewed rooftops nestled among clumps of waterlogged conifers. Inside these houses,...

Russell Smith, Review, Nov. 22, 1996

Hustler White

It starts off with the image of a body floating face-down in a Jacuzzi while a voiceover begins the explanation of how the story's hero...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 15, 1996

The Grass Harp

The memory fiction of Truman Capote often tells the story of a sensitive adolescent growing up in the company of older women, of a life...

Steve Davis, Review, Nov. 15, 1996

The Mirror Has Two Faces

Barbra Streisand has said that she thinks we're all looking for the “total experience” when it comes to love: companionship, romance, lust, and desire. In...

Alison Macor, Review, Nov. 15, 1996


One of the thrill master's most psychologically dense and twisted films in which obsession, commitment, and dual identities merge to create a voluptuous tale of thwarted love.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 14, 1996

Space Jam

Dexterously mixing live action and animation, Space Jam tosses NBA champ Michael Jordan onto the 2-D court with the entire Looney Tunes gang and the opposing Monstar team of cartoon characters from another planet.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 14, 1996

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