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1995 Stories by Matt Zoller Seitz

Archives: 1995 | 1994
  • The Wet Look

    published August 3, 1995

    Given what we've heard about the film's chaotic production history, the opening image of Waterworld has a certain juvenile charm: the world-famous... More >>

  • Unkind Cuts

    published August 3, 1995

    It's been a long time since I've despised a film character the way I despised Chad Palomino (James Le Gros), a rich, handsome, spoiled young... More >>

  • Fashion Plate

    published August 3, 1995

    About 30 minutes into Clueless, a disposable new teen comedy starring MTV-spawned glamour girl Alicia Silverstone as a spoiled Beverly Hills... More >>

  • A Boy and His Cetacean

    published July 27, 1995

    Discussing 1993's year in movies, veteran Hollywood scriptwriter William Goldman -- who wrote the screenplays for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance... More >>

  • Train to Disaster

    published July 20, 1995

    Just when it seemed safe to go to the summer cinema, Steven Seagal is back, this time in Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, a megabudget sequel that's... More >>

  • Quiet Spell

    published July 20, 1995

    The Indian in the Cupboard is an oasis of calm amid the glitzy din of summer. It rarely shouts when it can whisper. Like the fairy tales of the... More >>

  • Moonstruck

    published July 6, 1995

    His ship might be damaged beyond repair, and his longtime ambition to walk on the moon might be dashed forever, but Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks),... More >>

  • Lost Knight

    published July 6, 1995

    First Knight, a new effort from Ghost director Jerry Zucker, purports to tell the tale of King Arthur's ill-fated marriage to Lady Guinevere -- a... More >>

  • Female Trouble

    published June 29, 1995

    The absence of good movie roles for women has been bemoaned in the press so many times over the past few years that film critics might as well... More >>

  • Batman, At Last

    published June 22, 1995

    I was disappointed in the first two Batman movies. Despite moments of dark wit and visual brilliance, they didn't move me emotionally, and I... More >>

  • Flings, First and Final

    published June 1, 1995

    If you need proof that what we enjoy in art has nothing to do with what we'll accept in life, then consider love stories. When you look... More >>

  • Not Worth Remembering

    published May 25, 1995

    Some movies are so bad that they make you look back over your recent moviegoing life with the merciless eye of an FBI agent assembling a dossier,... More >>

  • Love for Sale

    published May 25, 1995

    When 16-year-old mail-order bride Riyo (Youki Kudoh) gets off the boat that has borne her from her old home in Japan to her new one on a sugar... More >>

  • Mad Mel's Epic Adventure

    published May 25, 1995

    In the 16 years since he made his screen debut, Mel Gibson has seen plenty of action. Part of what makes him so charismatic is his ability to take... More >>

  • Cat Man Dues

    published May 11, 1995

    For nearly three decades, some of Hollywood's most powerful African-American players have labored unsuccessfully to bring the story of the Black... More >>

  • America, America

    published May 11, 1995

    The Perez Family and My Family (Mi Familia) don't glance off of you the way most movies do. Full of hardship, deprivation, bitterness and death --... More >>

  • Bad Seeds

    published May 4, 1995

    In the past two decades, filmmaker John Carpenter has directed 17 movies, and has established himself as a towering figure in modern horror -- a... More >>

  • Getting Hooked, Brilliantly

    published April 27, 1995

    As Jim Carroll, the teenage prep-school junkie hero of The Basketball Diaries, Leonardo DiCaprio gives a performance so brilliant it's scary. ... More >>

  • Good and Rotten

    published April 20, 1995

    One of the most welcome surprises of WorldFest is the premiere of Joe's Rotten World, a terrific comedy from Los Angeles-based writer/director... More >>

  • Generations

    published April 20, 1995

    Gregory Nava's My Family (Mi Familia), a multigenerational epic about a Chicano family in east Los Angeles, is one of the most satisfying... More >>

  • Not So True Confessions

    published April 13, 1995

    Your hooey detector will probably start beeping about ten minutes into British filmmaker Antonia Bird's controversial melodrama Priest when Father... More >>

  • Lover Men

    published April 6, 1995

    Nick Nolte's craggily handsome face, steely eyes and whiskey-and-cigarettes voice are the epitome of ravaged old-movie grandeur. But in his heart,... More >>

  • Killer Elite

    published March 30, 1995

    You know a work of art is significant when its first public exhibition degenerates into a near-riot. It happened in Kansas City almost 25... More >>

  • Coal-Colored Glasses

    published March 23, 1995

    Atom Egoyan's vision of a world full of misfits, nomads and wounded souls is so peculiar -- and, frankly, so generally off-putting -- that it's... More >>

  • Shotgun Marriage

    published March 23, 1995

    The new Australian feature Muriel's Wedding evokes a couple of other independently funded hits from recent years, Four Weddings and a Funeral and... More >>

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