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Total Recall

This futuristic science fiction is based on a Philip K. Dick short story, and features award-winning special effects (and, no, we don't mean Ah-nuld).

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Delicatessen

Set in some sort of post-apocalyptic Parisian deli o' the damned, this is a lunatic's take on the future of man.

Marc Savlov, Review

The Player

The Player is an insider's movie about Hollywood, but from the outside looking in: it's Altman through the looking glass. From its brilliant and sublime...

Steve Davis, Review

Van Gogh

A “self-appointed enfant terrible” from the corps of French New Wave directors, Pialat (A Nos Amours, Under The Sun of Satan) tackles the already-heavily documented...

Pamela Bruce, Review

What's Love Got to Do With it

Though Tina Turner's been trying to break into movies for a while now, Hollywood has never known quite what to do with her, casting her...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Rules Don’t Apply

Beatty's Howard Hughes film is a frantic mess

Kimberley Jones, Review

Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken

Yes, I suppose it's wimpy to start with a disclaimer, but it's difficult to review children's movies without one, so here goes: This film is...

Kathleen Maher, Review

The Last Emperor

This historical drama is inspired by the life story of Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, whose rule was governed by the vagaries of...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Wings

This 1927 movie was the winner of the first Academy Award for Best Picture. Wings was also filmed partially on location in San Antonio. The...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

The Decalogue: Vol. One (Parts Three & Four)

Undoubtedly his masterpiece, these next episodes of Kieslowski's examination of the Ten Commandments concern keeping it holy, not committing adultery, and honoring your mom and dad.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Scanners

Wanna see someone's head blow up and eyes pop out? Be certain of your answer before casting your gaze on Scanners, an early beaut from Toronto's king of visceral horror.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

She-Devils on Wheels

Whereas in Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, the chesty Amazons race around in cars beating up on men, in Herschell Gordon Lewis' She-Devils on Wheels, the...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Full Metal Jacket

Kubrick’s study of war and men’s dehumanization is divided into two parts, the first set in the incubator of Marine boot camp on Parris Island...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

One False Move

The way the destinies of four people converge in a small Arkansas town in One False Move is nothing short of wondrous. Scripted by Thom...

Steve Davis, Review

Madonna: Truth or Dare

This documentary about Madonna's 1990 Blond Ambition tour is a chancy work of self-promotion but also succeeds in somewhat demystifying the icon she's become

Steve Davis, Review

Wild West

Zaf Ayub (Andrews) has a fearless heart. He has to. Like many dreamers he longs to become a country & western music star and move...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Bonnie and Clyde

So definitive in so many ways, Bonnie and Clyde has become a modern touchstone. Wonderful performances accentuate the sharp script by Robert Benton and David...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Oklahoma!

Rodgers and Hammerstein tunes mix with luxurious widescreen cinematography.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Spartacus

Kubrick’s gladiator film is the pinnacle of sword-and-sandal epics, and who isn’t a sucker for stories about rebellious slaves? This is the kind of movie...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

White Men Can't Jump

White Men Can't Jump starts out just right... near dawn on the beach at Venice, California, three black street singers are harmonizing on a song...

Louis Black, Review

Das Boot

Back in 1981, when he was still working in his native Germany, director Petersen established himself as an action/suspense director par excellence. Set in a German U-boat during World War II, this claustrophobic suspense drama hasn't a weak bolt anywhere.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

The Warriors

Walter Hill's visually riveting tale about gangland warfare in New York City unfolds like a violent, comic-book Western. Gang colors, desolate streets and subway platforms,...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Young Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is the original Spy Kid in this Chris Columbus-penned story about the master sleuth in a youth. The more one knows about Holmes lore, the more the film's foreshadowings of future cases will be evident.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

The Maltese Falcon

Based on a Dashiell Hammett novel (adapted for screen by Huston, in his directorial debut), The Maltese Falcon is film noir at its finest. Humphrey...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Miss Congeniality

America's Sweetheart plays a detective who goes undercover to vie in a beauty pageant.

Marc Savlov, Review

Boyz N the Hood

Singleton's 1991 movie about three black boys growing to manhood in the combat zones of L.A.'s South Central remains a searing cultural indictment.

Marc Savlov, Review

Daughters of the Dust

I'd wager that the portrait of turn of the century African-American women you get in Daughters of the Dust is like nothing you've ever seen...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Risky Business

Part caper comedy, part suburban satire, and all Eighties, this film was Cruise’s breakthrough performance, albeit for dancing in his underwear.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

S.O.B.

Edwards' crowning achievement is a wickedly funny, impeccably cast, ingeniously subversive satire of the Hollywood film industry.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl

At three hours and one minute, this (along with Leni Riefenstahl's recently released autobiography) has got to be the final, exhaustive say on the life...

Marc Savlov, Review

Fried Green Tomatoes

The feisty Southern women of Fannie Flagg's novel are portrayed by a fantastic cast.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

It's a Wonderful Life

This sentimental perennial is a holiday chestnut. A man learns that he's made a difference in the lives of others, and an angel gets its...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

Waterland

History experienced as the personal instead of an assortment of superficial facts to be regurgitated and forgotten becomes a captivating, haunting journey in a superb...

Pamela Bruce, Review

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

This is one of the best of all the Abbott and Costello features. The pairs meet up not only with Frankenstein, but also the Wolfman,...

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

While You Were Sleeping

From the man who brought us the bizarre Disney hit Cool Runnings and -- ouch! -- 3 Ninjas, comes this love story: lite, a frothy...

Marc Savlov, Review

The Wings of Honneamise: Royal Space Force

Written and directed by Hirohiko Yamaga, The Wings of Honneamise is far from a typical example of popular Japanese animation. Character-driven and, for the most...

Joey O'Bryan, Review

1991: The Year Punk Broke

This snarling, loudly exultant record of the 1991 European tour by Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., and other bands, bursts with lunatic concert footage, inspired backstage antics, baffling contract riders, and self-deprecating humor from the groups.

Marc Savlov, Review

The Public Enemy

This criminal tale excited audiences and landed the kinetic Cagney on the movie map. Now a classic, this is the movie in which Cagney famously crams a grapefruit into Mae Clarke’s face.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

My Fair Lady

This 1964 film, featuring an enduring Lerner and Loewe score, won eight Oscars.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

The Goonies

From a story by Steven Spielberg, this kids' comedy is sick, rude fun....

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review

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