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One Nation Under God

“Curing” homosexuality is the mission of Exodus International, a Christian reparative therapy organization profiled in the documentary One Nation Under God. Believing that homosexual activity...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 6, 1994

No Escape

In the year 2022, all films will be a fusion of Papillon and The Road Warrior. No, wait. Sorry, wrong notes. In the year 2022,...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 6, 1994

The Heroic Trio

Three female superheroes, who were initially enemies, team up to defeat an ancient monster who is stealing children of royal blood.

Joey O'Bryan, Review, May. 6, 1994

With Honors

If you listen hard enough, you can just hear the pitch: “Four college kids, at, um, at Yale…” / “Harvard.” / “Harvard, right. Anyway, four...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 6, 1994

The Cement Garden

A very odd film. Based on the novel by Ian McEwan, this is the story of Jack and Julie (Robertson and Gainsbourg), an inseparable sibling...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 6, 1994


Animal House updated for these Roaring Nineties. That's all you need to know, but what the hell, I've got a minute. Tom Lawrence (Young) is...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 6, 1994

The Favor

A day is twenty-four hours, an hour is sixty minutes, a minute is sixty seconds. The big passages in life are just collections of smaller...

Robert Faires, Review, May. 6, 1994


Drugs and sex and rock & roll: rarely has a film captured the equation as vividly as does Backbeat. That's the movie's greatest strength, not...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 6, 1994

Bitter Moon

A disturbing, spare story and a return to Polanski's earlier thematic grounds; it's not Knife in the Water, but it does feature fragmenting marriages and...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 6, 1994


How do you know who you are? Is identity the sum of social appearances and assumptions or does it stem from something internal and personal?...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 29, 1994


As master storytellers of Italian cinema, the Taviani brothers (Padre Padrone and Night of the Shooting Stars) continue to do what they do best --...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Apr. 29, 1994

2nd International Festival of Short Films

Eleven short live-action films. Two hours total running time. Some excellent films. Some mediocre pieces. None bad. This second collection of short films is an...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 29, 1994


Heaven and the Sensitive, New Age Guys of America help me, I liked this film. By all I hold dear, I shouldn't have. I'm a...

Robert Faires, Review, Apr. 29, 1994

Janis Joplin Slept Here

East Coast native and freshman filmmaker Tara Veneruso's passion for the ever-evolving music scene in Austin led her to the capital of Texas for this...

Margaret Moser, Review, Apr. 29, 1994

Bad Girls

Great title. Bad movie. Capitalizing on our fetishistic attraction to the image of women and guns (helped along by the recent popular success of Thelma...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 29, 1994

Surviving the Game

What are Ice-T and F. Murray Abraham doing in the same movie? Remaking The Most Dangerous Game for the umpteenth time, as it turns out....

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 22, 1994


Flashback. It's tough these days, I suppose, to come up with a genuinely original horror script. I mean, after Freddy I-VII and Jason I-IX, well,...

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 22, 1994

Belle Epoque

This winner of 1993's Academy Award for best foreign film (and winner of nine Goyas -- Spain's top film prize) is a light and airy...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 22, 1994

Savage Nights

Savage Nights (Les Nuit Fauves) would herald the debut of a promising new French writer-director, Cyril Collard, had not Collard died only three days before...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 22, 1994

Cops & Robbersons

Poor Chevy Chase. What with his track record of a ho-hum film career and recent inability to cut it in the late-night network TV talk...

Pamela Bruce, Review, Apr. 22, 1994

Treasure Hunt

Fans of Chow Yun Fat's blood-soaked collaborations with John Woo may be disarmed by this good-hearted fantasy which is long on romance and comedy while...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Apr. 22, 1994

Serial Mom

The resurrection of Ms. Turner, via the man who gave us Divine and dogshit. Who would have thought? Exactly what the title implies, Serial Mom...

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 22, 1994

Mother's Boys

Another “evil outsider in the family” film, along the lines of such recent offerings as The Crush and The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, but...

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 22, 1994

The Twenty-Fourth International Tournee of Animation

A very, very solid compilation of 14 animated shorts from around the world. The Tournee seemed to be losing steam these past few years, with...

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 15, 1994


“Ever see a dead body?” asks one of Johnny's fellow travelers in Naked. “Only me own,” answers Johnny (Thewlis). That about sums up the bleak...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 15, 1994


An exercise in cinematic symbiotic concupiscence, or just a rehashing of Gregg Araki's Three Bewildered People in the Night? Whichever, this debut from director Fleming...

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 15, 1994


This comedy of errors is a piercing cultural commentary that examines large issues like the indignity of foreign aid and smaller issues like human vanity and pride. It satirizes African red tape and bureaucracy and casts a gently probing eye toward squabbling tribal differences.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 15, 1994

The Bride With White Hair

This is a genuinely touching period piece from someone other than Tsui Hark (about time, too). Based on an ancient Chinese legend, The Bride with...

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 15, 1994

Meet the Feebles

Imagine Kermit the Frog had been a junkie. Imagine Miss Piggy had been a grade-z torch singer with a preposterously ample bosom and a runaway...

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 8, 1994

Highway Patrolman

This Highway Patrolman is no Robocop or Mad Max. In fact, the movie takes the whole police action drama as a form and turns it...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 8, 1994

The Hudsucker Proxy

This Coen brothers film is a goofy ode to genres and eras gone by. Although it's a little less “weird” than much of their work, it still retains a mannered and quirky air with performances that walk a line between realism and understated surreality.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 8, 1994

Iron Monkey

Jeez, doesn't Tsui Hark know any Chinese folk heroes other than Wong Fei-Hong? Every time I turn around it's another Hark-produced Wong Fei-Hong Fest, and...

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 8, 1994

Faraway, So Close

Faraway, So Close is not so much a sequel to Wenders' brilliant, poetic Wings of Desire as it is a separate film with characters brought...

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 8, 1994


Cyberjoke is a more apt title for this inane, dated, and ultimately boring exploration of the cyberpunk world. Director Trench seems to think cobbling together...

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 8, 1994


When Clifford is good, he's very, very good, but when he is bad, he's… rather a mediocre little fellow. Actually, it isn't Clifford himself who's...

Robert Faires, Review, Apr. 8, 1994

The Trial

Harold Pinter penned this current adaptation of Franz Kafka's The Trial which was committed to film once before by Orson Welles. MacLachlan stars as Joseph...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 8, 1994

Drunken Master II

Jackie Chan scores a ballistic home run with his latest effort, a sequel to his 1979 classic, which also serves as a triumphant return to...

Joey O'Bryan, Review, Apr. 8, 1994

Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina

A basic entertainment rule of thumb should be to never have an opening act better than the headliner. Don Bluth and Gary Goldman should have...

Hollis Chacona, Review, Apr. 8, 1994

Above the Rim

'Tis the season for b-ball films. With the recent Blue Chips, the forthcoming Hoop Dreams, and this debut from Jeff Pollack, Hollywood seems to have...

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 1, 1994

Jimmy Hollywood

Barry Levinson isn't sure what to do next. After a string of successes with Good Morning, Vietnam, Rain Man, and Bugsy, he fizzled with the...

Marc Savlov, Review, Apr. 1, 1994

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