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Tuff Turf

Imagine a WASPy, pre-schooled James Dean in an Izod and white Adidas tennis shoes and you've got the rebellious teenaged hero of Tuff Turf. It's...

Steve Davis, Review, Jan. 25, 1985

Making the Grade

What happens when a wealthy preppy hires a street kid from Brooklyn to attend prep school for him? Well, not much of a movie, that's...

Fred Burke, Review, Jun. 1, 1984

Smokey and the Bandit – Part 3

It was during the sequence in which a bunch of funny Ku Klux Klansmen running riding in a flatbed truck attack a pickup driven by...

Scott Bowles, Review, Aug. 19, 1983

Trading Places

Even without Eddie Murphy, Trading Places, would be a pretty terrific film. Timothy Harris and Herschel Weingrod's script is bright enough to avoid the cliches...

Scott Bowles, Review, Jun. 10, 1983

The Toy

Inept, revolting, heavy-handed, vulgar, maudlin, stupid, insulting, and boring are just a few of the words that come to mind when describing this pathetic 100-minute...

Martin Chait, Review, Dec. 17, 1982

Amityville II: The Possession

I really love horror movies. Which is why these last few years have been so painful. At their best, the fear and revulsion at the...

Nick Barbaro, Review, Nov. 12, 1982

Diary of a Lost Girl

G.W. Pabst and Louise Brooks' startlingly frank follow-up to Pandora's Box features Brooks as a woman freed and empowered by her sexuality. As a beautiful...

Will Robinson Sheff, Review

Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41

This 1973 film has only recently been released in the U.S. Stunningly photographed and incredibly violent, Female Convict Scorpion is one of the most brutal...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

She Done Him Wrong

Young Cary Grant is invited by bawdy Mae West to come visit her sometime in this classic West work. In this, her best film, West...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

The Fisher King

Seems like the rule in Hollywood is that if you're searching for the Holy Grail, director Terry Gilliam is the man to call. The Fisher...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Stone Cold

Stone Cold. Brick Stupid. I never would have thought that I'd feel sorry for the brutish Bosworth, and, well, I don't....

Kathleen Maher, Review

The Tarnished Angels

Adapted from William Faulkner’s novel Pylon, The Tarnished Angels is one of Sirk’s few movies with a high-art source. Filmed in black-and-white and CinemaScope, the...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

You So Crazy

You So Crazy changed my mind about Martin Lawrence. Hardly considering myself a Lawrence fan or a fan of his TV show Martin, and fairly...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Army of Darkness

Horror/humor hybrid is the weak third of Raimi's trilogy.

Marc Savlov, Review


One of the great silent classics, Metropolis is a futuristic fantasy about the mechanization of society. The new print of this true cinema classic restores...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

Scott Bowles is going to pay this time. He assigned this movie to me knowing that it would give me a stomach ache, but he...

Steve Davis, Review


It’s the movie that put Transylvania on the map and the role to which Bela Lugosi became forever linked.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Batman Returns

Gotham City is once again riven with crime, so Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton's Batman save the citizens from the megalomaniacs.

Kathleen Maher, Review


It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...Julian Sands? Swooping around like some hell-bent Peter Pan, the grim-faced Sands must have been possessed to allow himself...

Steve Davis, Review


It's hard to come up with a director as rigorously bizarre as Ken Russell. It seems as though this particular auteur has made it his...

Marc Savlov, Review


Bresson’s last film is a contemporary story (adapted from a Tolstoy novella) about capitalism and modernity. Many critics regard it as the very best film...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Mad Max

The reissue of this strange apocalyptic revenge movie is presented for the first time with the original Australian dialogue. (The initial American release replaced the...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

My Night at Maud's

"Love and Morality: The Films of Eric Rohmer" is an eight-film survey of films from the modern era of feminist filmmaking. It kicks off with...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Night of the Living Dead

George Romero's granddaddy of the modern flesh-eating zombie movies gets under your skin.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Claire's Knee

"Love and Morality: The Films of Eric Rohmer" is an eight-film survey of films by the cerebral French master. The fifth entry in Rohmer's Moral...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

The Pink Panther

The first in the original Pink Panther series follows the clueless Inspector Clouseau (the always genius Sellers) to Switzerland in search of a jewel thief...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Predator Two

As Super-cop Glover gets closer to the Predator, this alien fighting machine gains nothing resembling coherency or sense. Its modus operandi is search and destroy....

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Women From the Lake of Scented Souls

There seem to be two distinct types of films coming out of post-Cultural Revolution China these days: quasi-erotic tales of concubines and love gone awry...

Marc Savlov, Review

A Christmas Story

Ralphie wants nothing more for Christmas than a Red Ryder 200-shot, range-model air rifle, but he must convince Mom and Dad that, if lucky enough to receive this “Holy Grail of Christmas presents,” he won't shoot his eye out.

Alison Macor, Review

Warrior Marks

Ouch. When I was in school, much time was spent in seminars discussing topics like castration anxiety and its contributions to the growth of civilization....

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Journey Into Amazing Caves

This film follows expedition leaders Dr. Hazel Barton and Nancy Aulenback as they tunnel through Greenland's ice caves, explore the aquatic chambers beneath the jungles of the Yucatan, and rappel the limestone caverns of the Grand Canyon.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

A soldier returns home in Ang Lee's war movie

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

The Eagle Huntress

Real-life heroine soars above tradition

Steve Davis, Review

The Women

This Hollywood bitchfest is an enduring favorite that features a constellation of top female stars (in an exclusively female cast) dishing the dirt on each...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review


Nabokov’s satire is sensationally cast, with Winters and Sellers delivering some of their best work ever. The details of the storyline about a professor’s love...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

La Collectionneuse

"Love and Morality: The Films of Eric Rohmer" is an eight-film survey of films by the cerebral French master. In La Collectionneuse, a self-deluding art...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

A Hard Day's Night

This is the kind of timeless artifact that, decades after its making, still hits the senses like a burst of fresh air. Where a pop star like Elvis churned out silly movies with phony plots, props, and pretense, the Beatles launched into movies playing hyperbolic versions of themselves and their lives of newfound celebrity.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

The Thin Man

The characters are the invention of Dashiell Hammett, although the urbane chemistry between Loy and Powell as Nick and Nora Charles is the ultimate in dipsomaniacal detective mystery and screwball comedy.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Dazed and Confused

Linklater's 1976-set movie is one of the smartest and funniest coming-of-age films ever.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Volere, Volare

Much in the same manner as Roberto Benigni's Johnny Stecchino, Nichetti's Volere, Volare joins the growing trend of Italian films that puts a Latin spin...

Pamela Bruce, Review

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