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The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love

At first glance, the plot of Incredibly True Adventure couldn't be more prosaic; teen love traumas are a film industry staple and our familiarity with...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 28, 1995

The Chinese Feast

Hong Kong director Tsui Hark's first modern-day film since 1992's The Master is also his loosest, most improvisational picture in years. It forsakes the tightly...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jul. 28, 1995

Operation Dumbo Drop

Operation Dumbo Drop is a terribly irresponsible picture that seems shamefully patterned after director's Wincer's other box office success, Free Willy. The first feel-good family...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jul. 28, 1995

I Am Cuba

I Am Cuba was actually shot as an elaborate pro-Castro piece of Soviet propaganda, but instead it's as if everyone in question just went gaga, drunk on the sheer beauty of Cuba and making up new film techniques as they went along. The film is a stylistically brilliant quartet of vignettes set during the waning years of the Batista regime. The interconnecting stories that propel the film along were written by Russian poet laureate Yevgeny Yevtushenko.

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 28, 1995

The Teardrop Pearl

An unapologetically sappy melodrama from Vietnam, The Teardrop Pearl has a wonderfully teasing atmosphere that, at its best, pulses with the common rhythms of daily...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jul. 28, 1995

The Last Hero in China

From Wong Jing, the director of the endearingly silly Jackie Chan vehicle City Hunter and the God of Gamblers series, comes this equally ridiculous picture,...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jul. 28, 1995

Rebel Without a Cause

If you haven't ever seen this Nicholas Ray/James Dean classic in widescreen … trust me, you've never really seen it. It's been 40 years since James Dean essayed his quintessential role in as a troubled American teen and, along with co-stars Wood and Mineo, established an iconography of adolescence whose potency extends into the present. Ray, who told stories that were "bigger than life" and pulsing with "hot blood," was one of the most dynamic directors of the American screen and his capacity to tell a widescreen story was as articulate as his ability to pinpoint an individual stuck "in a lonely place."

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 27, 1995

Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker

From the talented He Ping, director of Kawashin Yoshko and the powerful, revisionist action picture Swordfight in Twin Flags Township (which was recognized as 1992's...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jul. 21, 1995

Temptation of a Monk

A masterful period drama with a touch of violent action, Temptation of a Monk is terrific, hypnotic entertainment, directed with uncompromising patience and skill by...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jul. 21, 1995

Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home

Just as every boy thrives best when he has a family to belong to, so too does every whale. That was the lesson of Free...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 21, 1995

The Myth of the Male Orgasm

I'd love to announce that The Myth of the Male Orgasm is a new documentary -- cutting edge, of course -- but, alas, it's not...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 21, 1995

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

By what justice can Steven Seagal, an absolute unknown until just a few years ago, claim to be a major movie star? As a screen...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 20, 1995

The Indian in the Cupboard

The excellent animation and sly wit make this an above-average kids' fantasy .

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 20, 1995


Heckerling updates Jane Austen's Emma to Beverly Hills.

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 20, 1995

Nine Months

No matter how long writer/director Chris Columbus (Mrs. Doubtfire, Home Alone 1 and 2) labored over Nine Months, even a C-section couldn't rescue the shallow...

Alison Macor, Review, Jul. 14, 1995

Peace Hotel

If nothing else, this latest vehicle for Hard-Boiled star Chow Yun-fat gets off to a terrific start, as the ultra-charismatic Chow, sporting a shaved head...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jul. 14, 1995

Little Odessa

So austerely realized that it seems cold to the touch, Little Odessa fittingly harks back to the great themes in Russian literature, to familiar stories...

Steve Davis, Review, Jul. 14, 1995

Scorta, La

With a plot practically ripped from the pages of contemporary newspapers, this Italian political thriller uses that country's internal corruption and intrigue as the landscape...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jul. 14, 1995

The Kung Fu Cult Master

Warning: Don't dare take a bathroom or snack bar visit during this movie, or you'll find yourself hopelessly lost among the film's many complex story...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jul. 14, 1995

Judge Dredd

Set in a distant, post-apocalyptic future, this feature debut from director Cannon does a surprisingly adequate job of capturing both the look and feel of...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jul. 7, 1995

The Postman (Il Postino)

This new film by British director Michael Radford (White Mischief, 1984) is an Italian co-production titled The Postman, a film with a production history as...

Alison Macor, Review, Jul. 7, 1995

First Knight

Coming hot on the heels of both Rob Roy and Braveheart, the clumsily titled First Knight is the third in this summer's sword-swinging sweepstakes as...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jul. 7, 1995

The Magic Crane

Prolific trendsetter Tsui Hark produced this 1993 period fantasy, directed by comedy ace Benny Chan Muk-sing. The film displays more imagination in a matter of...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jul. 7, 1995


From the unlikely team of producer Frank Mancuso, Jr., one of the key players in the long-running Friday the 13th slasher franchise, and director Roger...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jul. 7, 1995

My Father is a Hero

Veteran action director Corey Yuen-kwai and martial arts icon Jet Li Lien-jie, the team who brought you the dynamite The Legend of Fong Sai-yuk, join...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jun. 30, 1995


As beguiling and as ephemeral as its titular namesake, Smoke is a movie that draws you in and lingers a while in your bloodstream. It's...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jun. 30, 1995

The Lovers

Those viewers only familiar with the recent action fantasies of prolific Hong Kong director/producer Tsui Hark may be slightly taken aback by this 1995 romantic...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jun. 30, 1995


R. Crumb: master cartoonist of the underground comix world. Even if you're not familiar with his name, I guarantee you're familiar with some of his...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jun. 30, 1995

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie

With absolutely as little time devoted to character or plot development as possible, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie may not be Battleship Potemkin, but...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jun. 30, 1995

Apollo 13

Howard's take on the ill-fated 1970 moon shot is filled with the almost unassailable heroics of the U.S. space program and the genuine urgency of history.

Marc Savlov, Review, Jun. 29, 1995

Mamma Roma

In this early Pasolini film marked by the director's sumptuous neo-realism, Magnani plays a middle-aged prostitute who retires from the trade to become a full-time mother to her 16-year-old son.

Marc Savlov, Review, Jun. 23, 1995


Here is a movie that knows its target audience. Pocahontas' arrow, tipped with tender romance and feathered with spirited folklore, hits the bulls-eye dead on....

Hollis Chacona, Review, Jun. 23, 1995


A Hal Hartley film is an acquired taste. A viewer can slip in and out of appreciation for Hartley's work, but it takes a true...

Alison Macor, Review, Jun. 23, 1995

A Taste of Killing and Romance

This decent, if wholly unremarkable, melodramatic action picture marks the feature debut of director Veronica Chan, who attempts here to revive the Eighties brand of...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jun. 23, 1995

Burnt by the Sun

Set against the backdrop of the Russian countryside under Stalin's rule, this Oscar-winner for best foreign film is a brilliant, Chekhovian meditation on trust, love,...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jun. 22, 1995

The Glass Shield

In this often overlooked film by Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep, To Sleep With Anger), a black cop in an all-white police station confronts racism from his colleagues and incredulity from his family and community

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jun. 22, 1995

Doctor Zhivago

Directed by the modern-day king of epics, David Lean, this overlong and over-romantic Oscar-winner should be experienced by everyone at least once in a lifetime.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jun. 19, 1995

A Great Day in Harlem

This hourlong documentary is the fascinating story of a photograph that captures 57 New York City jazz musicians on a Harlem brownstone stoop one summer morning in 1958.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jun. 16, 1995


Congo has everything – civil war, exploding airplanes, deranged hippos, rumbling volcanoes, murderous gorillas – and that's its trouble: It suffocates you with one faux...

Steve Davis, Review, Jun. 16, 1995

High Voltage Asian Cop

Little known but talented Hong Kong action director Andrew Kam (responsible for the incredible Eighties gunplay epic The Big Heat) teams up with underrated action...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Jun. 16, 1995

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