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The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

First time director Callow, creates a very theatrical film from this novella by Carson McCullers and play by Edward Albee, and to a large extent...

Kathleen Maher, Review, Jun. 7, 1991

City Slickers

Three best pals from New Jersey, all approaching 40, vacation together every year. Not your standard pina colada-on-the-beach or eat-your-way-through-the-Caribbean-cruise, mind you. No, these guys...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jun. 7, 1991

Servants of Twilight

While not as awful as the last film adaptation of a Dean Koontz novel (the evil Corey Haim vehicle Watchers), Servants is a far cry...

Marc Savlov, Review, Jun. 7, 1991

Taxi Blues

This French-Soviet co-production won the 1990 Cannes Film Festival Best Director award. For us it is a remarkable glimpse of the Russia we never see...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jun. 7, 1991

Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

Home Alone meets Bill and Ted`s Excellent Adventure and then visits Working Girl – none of it works. The premise of the film, which is...

Kathleen Maher, Review, Jun. 7, 1991

Journey of Hope

The biggest upset at this year's Oscarfest occurred when this dark horse from Switzerland nabbed the honors for best foreign film from France's Cyrano de...

Steve Davis, Review, May. 31, 1991

Only the Lonely

I wouldn't say this new John Hughes/Chris Columbus co-production is as bad as their last (which, you may remember, turned out to be the most...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 31, 1991


Field expands on her near the edge housewife in Steel Magnolias to create this TV soap queen. What we want is All About Eve, what...

Kathleen Maher, Review, May. 31, 1991

Ninth Life

Set in Dallas' boho arts community of Deep Ellum, Ninth Life is a stylish and contemporary murder mystery. Sam (Posey) is a painter who returns...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 31, 1991

Hudson Hawk

Somebody said spoof, somebody else said, get Lehmann, everybody figured producer Joel Silver and Willis couldn't lose – and guess what? They all rolled craps....

Kathleen Maher, Review, May. 31, 1991


Absolutely marvelous special effects are the salvation and the curse of this movie. The film exploits Chicago's terrain of ethnic neighborhoods, political turf, and glorious...

Kathleen Maher, Review, May. 24, 1991

Perfectly Normal

To his co-workers at the Tate Brewery, Renzo Parachi (Riley) is just another assembly line worker: quiet, efficient, average. To his rinkmates on the company...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 24, 1991

Truly, Madly, Deeply

Jamie is dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. Dead as a doornail, yes, but like Dickens' Marley, he keeps popping...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 24, 1991


It seems like the minute you dress characters up in period costumes, they're going to behave very badly towards each other -- downright bitchy if...

Kathleen Maher, Review, May. 24, 1991

Mannequin Two: On the Move

This sequel shares very little with its predecessor, only the basic premise of a store mannequin coming to life. The characters are all different except...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 24, 1991


1985's F/X was never anyone's idea of an Oscar contender, but it was still a nifty little action flick with a watertight script and amiable...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 17, 1991

The Comfort of Strangers

Sex and rot and death in Venice. In this ironically titled film, Schrader casts his austere gaze on sensuality, seduction, repulsion, and desire. With a...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 17, 1991


The gender-bender dud Switch doesn't just put a man in a dress -- it puts him in a woman's body as well. Unfortunately, it's an...

Steve Davis, Review, May. 17, 1991

Mister Johnson

Director Beresford has a way with actors. Many of them win Oscars under his guidance (Jessica Tandy in Driving Miss Daisy, Robert Duvall in Tender...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 17, 1991

Defending Your Life

Brooks plays a neurotic, self-absorbed advertising executive who runs into a bus with his brand new Mercedes and finds himself in Judgment City where he...

Kathleen Maher, Review, May. 10, 1991

A Kiss Before Dying

The good things of American life -- money, status, success -- are only a marriage or murder away for the anti-hero in A Kiss Before...

Steve Davis, Review, May. 10, 1991

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Director and playwright Tom Stoppard reworked his original play for the screen, but nevertheless, it seems slightly dated, an absurdist remnant of the sixties. Confused...

Kathleen Maher, Review, May. 10, 1991

One Good Cop

For such a talented actor, Keaton ends up in too many mediocre movies. From The Squeeze to Pacific Heights, he seems to come out with...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 10, 1991

Iron & Silk

Based on Ivy Leaguer Mark Salzman's experiences in China in 1982-84, Shirley Sun (A Great Wall) and crew have managed to create not so much...

Marc Savlov, Review, May. 10, 1991

The Object of Beauty

The yuppie dream of an unencumbered life where style always exceeds substance is at the crux of The Object of Beauty. Malkovich and MacDowell are...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 10, 1991


Stallone has been trying to murder Rocky/Rambo for a few movies now, and it is probably this comedy that will finally finish the job. As...

Kathleen Maher, Review, May. 10, 1991

La Femme Nikita

Besson makes instant cult films. They are beautiful enough and stylish enough to make the critics squirm when they have to complain, “it's not enough.”...

Kathleen Maher, Review, May. 10, 1991

Ju Dou

Delirious melodrama, Chinese style. What a mix. I'm not sure what the Chinese reference points for this movie are. But in America they'd be Douglas...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 10, 1991

A Rage in Harlem

A Rage in Harlem literally bursts onto the screen with an opening sequence that leaves you agape at its fresh mixture of action, comedy and...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, May. 3, 1991

Toy Soldiers

Machine guns and adolescent boys -- oh hold me back. Honestly, no one expects me to like this kind of film, but they wrong me....

Kathleen Maher, Review, Apr. 26, 1991

Mortal Thoughts

What went wrong here? There's so much fascinating potential lurking in this movie that when it fails to deliver, it's a mortal disappointment. Start with...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Apr. 26, 1991

Out for Justice

I didn't care much for this movie. It's brutal and it's brutalizing. It seeks to make the audience an accomplice rather than a rational observer....

Kathleen Maher, Review, Apr. 19, 1991

The Killer

This is the film that made John Woo and Chow Yun-Fat household names within action-crazed American households. Elements of conventional melodrama and criminal double-crosses blend in this story about a hitman conducting one last job to earn the money to restore the eyesight of a woman he had previously blinded.

Kathleen Maher, Review, Apr. 19, 1991

The Marrying Man

The Marrying Man is really an anti-romantic comedy. It's the exhaustion from enduring the superficially plotted tribulations of getting hitched and divorced three times which...

Steve Davis, Review, Apr. 12, 1991

Wild at Heart

In love and on the lam – David Lynch-style.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Jan. 11, 1991

Edward Scissorhands

Burton's combination of fantastic and real imagery adds to this story's dreamy but satiric edge. Depp, as the the fragile but irresistibly fabulous title character, is "shear" delight.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Dec. 21, 1990

Mala Noche - Old Version

Gus Van Sant, the director of Drugstore Cowboy and My Own Private Idaho made his feature filmmaking debut in 1985 writing, producing and directing the...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 3, 1989

Friday the 13th: Part VIII – Jason Takes Manhattan

[Sung to the tune of "New York, New York"]

(Da da da spurt spurt)
(Da da da spurt spurt)
(Da da da spurt spurt...

Steve Davis, Review, Aug. 4, 1989

Oliver & Company

There's a lot right with this updated version of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, in which abandoned kitty Oliver (Lawrence) falls in with a streetwise band...

Marie Mahoney, Review, Nov. 18, 1988

Friday the 13th: Part VII – The New Blood

From betwixt my fingers peered
exactly what my soul had feared.
To the bone, a nerve shoots chilling,
Jason on a rampage killing.
There is...

Steve Davis, Review, May. 20, 1988

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