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Zu: Warriors From the Magic Mountain

In this period Hark film about a wandering swordsman and his sidekick, the action is nonstop: Airborne duels, exploding demons, and thousands of yards of billowing silk make this visually arresting adventure a psychedelic treat.

Marc Savlov, Review, Dec. 3, 1993

A Dangerous Woman

Gyllenhaal's film feels like a lost Tennessee Williams play -- it's chock-full of repressed hostilities, illicit sex, mental impairment, alcohol and sprawling old houses. Martha...

Marc Savlov, Review, Dec. 3, 1993

The War Room

Political campaigns and cinema vérité make strange bedfellows. Spin doctoring and strategic planning seem at odds with the documentarian's reveal-all approach to filmmaking. Given these...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 26, 1993

A Perfect World

Shot in and around Austin, Eastwood's first film after his Oscar-sweep with Unforgiven is a taut, occasionally touching chase film that pits a prison escapee/kidnapper (Costner) against a Texas Ranger (Eastwood) in 1963 Texas.

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 26, 1993

Colin Nutley's House of Angels

Swedish comedy? Directed by an Englishman? I can hear you now. “Sure, right,” you're saying with tongue planted firmly in cheek. But I kid you...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 26, 1993

Josh and S.A.M.

Once upon a time, not very long ago, I sat spellbound in a dark theatre, watching the tale of two young brothers on a mystical...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Nov. 26, 1993

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Since its debut as a collaborative effort between Tchaikovsky and the architect of the Russian Ballet, Marius Petipa, just over 100 years ago, The Nutcracker...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Nov. 26, 1993

The Piano

If Madame Bovary were ever to find a Room of her Own, the result might be something like The Piano. But, then again, probably not,...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 19, 1993

My Life

Teary melodramas involving the endurance and purity of true love despite the presence of an untimely death often translate into profits at the box office...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Nov. 19, 1993

Heroes Shed No Tears

A D.E.A. agent hooks up with a retired soldier to dethrone a drug lord in John Woo's Hong Kong shoot-'em-up.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 19, 1993

Inside Monkey Zetterland

Check out this cast. A pretty extraordinary collection of players are gathered here -- especially when you consider the film's low-budget shooting style and rambling...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 19, 1993

The Three Musketeers

Narratively, this new remake of The Three Musketeers is related to those old Mascot serial remakes of the great classics. It has the main characters...

Louis Black, Review, Nov. 19, 1993

A Home of Our Own

Sometimes producer, sometimes actor and sometimes director Tony Bill (this time he directed) has terrific taste in material. Especially in the films he directsr, Bill's...

Louis Black, Review, Nov. 12, 1993

RoboCop 3

We've been RoboCopped! Again. Delayed for quite a while due to the mess over at Orion Pictures, this third addition to the RoboCop series has...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 12, 1993

Look Who's Talking Now!

Although Tim Burton had nothing to do with it, this is certainly a nightmare before Christmas. Travolta and Alley reprise their roles as good-natured, all-American...

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 12, 1993

Ernest Rides Again

This is the second time in as many weeks I've seen a sub-awful movie in an otherwise deserted theater, and the experience is beginning to...

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 12, 1993

The Abyss

Another in a series of new directors' cuts that have been tumbling out recently, this one adds a significant amount of footage to the original...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 12, 1993

The Remains of the Day

Like most Merchant/Ivory/Jhabvala projects of late, Remains of the Day is a heady mix of upper-class English sensibilities and the repressed, whirling emotions that circulate...

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 12, 1993

Sex Is...

If you combine the experiences of the 15 interviewees in the documentary Sex Is…, you can distill the history of the gay American male in...

Steve Davis, Review, Nov. 12, 1993

Time Indefinite

Documentary filmmaker McElwee is a man who takes the phrase “I am a camera” to its most extreme. No matter where he goes or what...

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 12, 1993

Bad Behavior

The purebred will win your admiration, but it's usually the mutt who captures your heart. No one will mistake this scruffy, ambling comedy from British...

Robert Faires, Review, Nov. 12, 1993

The Ballad of Little Jo

This conscious attempt to put a new spin on the Western offers a little seen perspective on the American frontier. Inspired by the life of...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 5, 1993

Flesh and Bone

Roy Sweeney (Caan) is bad to the bone and his evil legacy has been passed down to his flesh and blood. It's inevitable, in that...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 5, 1993

Beware of a Holy Whore

Beware of a Holy Whore is Rainer Werner Fassbinder's -- the Seventies' enfant terrible of foreign filmmaking -- quintessential film. Made in 1970 (along with...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 5, 1993

Once Upon a Time in China III

Jet Li is back as the legendary physician and martial arts master in this third outing in Hark's "historical" epics.

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 5, 1993

Taiga

A genuine “epic,” Ottinger's documentary on the nomadic tribespeople of Outer Mongolia runs for 8 hours and 21 minutes. By the time you reach the...

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 5, 1993

Fatal Instinct

Director Reiner (All of Me, Sibling Rivalry) takes -- ahem -- a stab at parodying those wacky ice-pick thrillers of the Nineties and barely breaks...

Robert Faires, Review, Nov. 5, 1993

Short Cuts

Short Cuts is simply Robert Altman by way of Raymond Carver. As with anything this insistently renegade talent does, the emphasis is on Altman. Even...

Louis Black, Review, Oct. 29, 1993

The Speed Racer Show

“Go, Speed, Go.” That refrain, whether in the theme song or in the script, were usually the best thing about this TV show. Created in...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 29, 1993

Nosferatu With Live Musical Accompaniment by Dick Price

This will be the final screening of Nosferatu backed with local musician Dick Price's live, original piano accompaniment. No one has ever matched this 1922...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 29, 1993

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Stop-motion photography creates a macabre world of make-believe.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 29, 1993

Fearless

Peter Weir returns to his mystical roots with mixed results in this tale of a plane crash survivor (Bridges) and his altered perception of life...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 29, 1993

Especially on Sunday

A trilogy of Italian short films, all written by Tonino Guerra yet directed by three separate directors, Especially on Sunday perfectly captures the spirit of...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 29, 1993

Crime Story

Chan's most recent film takes him out of his familiar element of goofy mugging and broad slapstick, and returns him to his roots (a la...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 29, 1993

Judgment Night

Bang. Bang. Click... ahhh, shit. Misfire.... That's about the feeling one gets from Hopkins's take on the venerable fish-out-of-water cum chase subgenre, a film that...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 22, 1993

Mr. Wonderful

Minghella's previous film, the elegiac Truly, Madly, Deeply, was a bittersweet love story involving a ghost. Mr. Wonderful, on the other hand, is a ghost...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 22, 1993

Two Mikes Don't Make a Wright

Any TV watcher with access to PBS and A&E may have already seen these three short films, but that's still no excuse to miss them...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 22, 1993

Bopha!

Freeman makes his directing debut with this fact-based fiction set in a South African township about the challenges faced by a black police officer and...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Oct. 22, 1993

For a Lost Soldier

This gorgeous, strange film (based on the novel by Dutch author Rudi van Dantzig) starts off looking like John Boorman's life-during-wartime remembrance Hope and Glory,...

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 22, 1993

Rudy

The Hoosiers team (screenwriter Angelo Pizzo and director Anspaugh) regroup for another inspirational sports tale and, surprisingly, again succeed more than they fail. This is...

Louis Black, Review, Oct. 22, 1993

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