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It Happened One Night

This classic romantic comedy is the first movie ever to sweep the five major Oscar categories....

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Spider Baby

Three demented adult siblings are looked after by a devoted caretaker in Jack Hill's no-budget masterpiece.

Marc Savlov, Review

White Sands

Like the fine granules in the New Mexico desert of the title, the explanations in the politically tinged thriller White Sands are elusive, seemingly blowing...

Steve Davis, Review


In his highly stylized fashion, Derek Jarman explores the mind of the 20th century Viennese philosopher.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review


"Weird Al" plays the manager of a small-time TV station who hits it big with his unconventional programming. Most of the movie is a series...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

Wonderfully fun, albeit markedly chaotic and incoherent, Buckaroo Banzai is one of those movies that has earned a strong cult reputation on the basis of its mile-a-minute cross-cultural references and pseudoscientific mumbo jumbo.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Masters of the Universe

He-Man and Skeletor (Lundgren and Langella) face off, while teens battle to save the universe.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Of Mice and Men

This second film adaptation of Steinbeck's novel features great performances and a screenplay by Horton Foote.

Steve Davis, Review

Reservoir Dogs

For all the hoopla and controversy surrounding Quentin Tarantino's directorial debut, Reservoir Dogs is, at its bloody, tough-guy heart, a thin little film, gorgeous though...

Marc Savlov, Review

To Live

The history of China over the last 50 years has been one of phenomenal transformations and political upheavals. To Live is an amazing two and...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review


The original Ghostbusters mined the comedy-horror genre way before it became the fashionably ironic and overused format it is today. The comedy here is solid-gold,...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

A trio of “showgirls” – two drag queens and one transgender – venture out of tolerant, big-city Sydney and into the wilds of central Australia.

Robert Faires, Review

Destry Rides Again

Dietrich croons "See What the Boys in the Back Room Will Have" in this Western parody in which Stewart tames a rowdy frontier town....

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

The Invisible Man

Rains made his screen debut in the H.G. Wells mad-scientist classic.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

This animated Batman is from the same folks behind the TV cartoon series, and is a diverting take on the Caped Crusader.

Robert Faires, Review


From Venice, Italy, where independent filmmaker Dean (Jaglom) has his newest work in competition at the Film Festival (and where he meets, romances and loses...

Louis Black, Review


Oedipus in a teacup. Director van Warmerdam plays an agoraphobic young man entertained only by the visions afforded him by his binoculars and the nightly...

Kathleen Maher, Review

Andy Warhol's Dracula

This companion piece to Andy Warhol's Frankenstein emphasizes the sexual component of the vampire myth. As the Count, Udo Kier requires virgin blood and goes...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Weekend at Bernie's

At last, a summer comedy with something to offend everyone: Weekend at Bernie's is a laugh riot featuring a dead body, a couple of despicable...

Warren Spector, Review

Demolition Man

Stallone and Snipes blow things up real good.

Louis Black, Review

The Wedding Banquet

A darling of the past year's festival circuit, The Wedding Banquet wins fans with its sunny disposition as it turns a contemporary story about a...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review


WWII espionage thriller can't hold a candle to Casablanca

Steve Davis, Review

Wide Sargasso Sea

Ever wonder in Jane Eyre how the first Mrs. Rochester went mad and came to be locked away in that tower? Author Jean Rhys wondered...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

The Birdman of Alcatraz

Burt Lancaster gives an outstanding performance as prisoner Robert Stroud, who, during his 53-year imprisonment, became a world authority on birds. The movie gives a...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Death Race 2000

This is the one and only (even though there are plans afoot - with different talent - to make Death Race 3000). This is director...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

The Wedding Gift

The Wedding Gift is the true story of Diana Longden (Walters) who, suddenly and without warning, contracts an unclassifiable, mysterious disease. Throughout the course of...

Brian Baker, Review

Home Alone

Home Alone is the apex, the pinnacle, the culmination of every bad bit Hughes has ever written or directed. It overflows with primitive, disastrously unfunny sight gags and neo-hateful familial humor.

Marc Savlov, Review

To Catch a Thief

Cary Grant plays a reformed cat burglar on the French Riviera who vindicates himself from new suspicions with the help of the beautifully bedecked Grace...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review


Freely adapted by writer-director Sally Potter from Virginia Woolf's 1928 novel, the movie attempts nothing less than the deconstruction of Western civilization's patriarchal underpinnings, with Tilda Swinton as the title character who appears in nearly every shot.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography

If you can get past that RTF 301 title, what you'll find here is an extremely engrossing meditation on an aspect of most films that...

Marc Savlov, Review

All That Heaven Allows

The Austin Film Society's current series is devoted to films whose greatness serves as a tribute to George Morris, the Film Society's mentor and "patron...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Year of the Gun

It didn't take a genius of casting to come up with McCarthy as a lightweight journalist hiding out from commitment and hard work in Rome...

Kathleen Maher, Review


Based on a French comic strip, Fonda and her then-husband Roger Vadim had a good time with this outrageous movie about the adventures of a 41st century sexual explorer. It makes virtually no sense, but the costumes are fetishistic gems and the set design trips the light fantastic.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Blood Simple

Back in the early Eighties when, film-wise at least, Texas was best known for its urban cowboys and best little whorehouses, there came along a...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Die Hard

Bruce Willis discovered his movie legs in this superb action film that thrusts him into the Everyman Hero role when he is coincidentally visiting a...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

The Earrings of Madame de …

No film director intoxicates the soul like Max Ophuls. His elegant, fluid, and compassionate romances seduce the senses and enrapture the mind. His stories are...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Sid and Nancy

The doomed junkie love story of Sex Pistol Sid Vicious and American groupie Nancy Spungen sears the screen.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review


Two words: Pussy Galore. Plus, Q brings out the Aston Martin for the first time, and Shirley Bassey shatters the speakers with the consummate Bond song.

Matt Williams, Review

Duck Soup

"Hail, Freedonia!" The Marx Brothers literally declare war, and no one is safe....

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

A League of Their Own

The story of the short-lived women's baseball league gives Marshall and her cast the opportunity to examine oblique roots of modern feminism and have a darn fine time doing it.

Kathleen Maher, Review

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