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Child Abuse
Larry Clark's Kids is an unsettling exercise in cheap sensationalism
, August 31, 1995
Kids is a cunning little art-house fraud that has somehow managed to impress a good number of people who should know a great deal better. Ever... More>>
Top Fright
, August 31, 1995
Clive Barker may not appear on the bestseller lists as often or as prominently as Stephen King, but there are many devotees -- chief among them... More>>
Pollyanna for the '90s
, August 31, 1995
With 125 million well-thumbed copies in circulation, the Baby-sitters Club books are a trusted series whose stories of seven adolescent girls and... More>>
Hot Shots
Desperado hits the bull's-eye with a fusillade of bullets
, August 24, 1995
There's a scene about two-thirds of the way through Robert Rodriguez's Desperado where the stylish villain of the piece, a white-suited drug lord... More>>
Heavenly Stroll
, August 24, 1995
A glance at the names associated with Like Water for Chocolate director Alfonso Arau's big budget filmic fable A Walk in the Clouds is enough to... More>>
Back to the Future
, August 17, 1995
The trouble with so many movies about tomorrow is that they seem so much like yesterday's news. Take Virtuosity, the latest in the current... More>>
Hot Topics
Two new films take on the issues, but only one entertains with its answers
, August 17, 1995
Dangerous Minds and Jeffrey come shining onto the big screen secure of a certain success based on their high-minded and topical subject matter.... More>>
The Wet Look
Waterworld is a whirlpool of dazzling action, and muddled ideas
, August 03, 1995
Given what we've heard about the film's chaotic production history, the opening image of Waterworld has a certain juvenile charm: the... More>>
Unkind Cuts
, August 03, 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
Clueless is an improbably entertaining time-waster
, August 03, 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
, 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>>
High Hopes
Wings of Courage is a grand, if failed, IMAX experiment
, July 27, 1995
The very technology that makes IMAX 3D so lifelike is the same technology that makes it a barren vehicle for dramatic films. For every frame in... More>>
Mountain of Memories
A documentary tale of Tiananmen Square makes art of history
, July 27, 1995
Whether he's following the fictional adventures of a modern-day wild child in Nell, or casting a sympathetic eye at a real-life rock star on the... More>>
Train to Disaster
, 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... More>>
Tex-Mex Tunes
, July 20, 1995
Austin filmmaker Hector Galan didn't have much to work with -- a meager selection of old recordings and still photos and a few feet of rare... More>>
Quiet Spell
The Indian in the Cupboard is as matter-of-fact and mysterious as its title
, 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>>
Sugar High
The Power Rangers movie is sweet, junky fun
, July 13, 1995
This is an announcement to all the concerned parents who believe that Fox Network's brain-dead TV fistfest Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is part... More>>
Mad for Art
, July 13, 1995
Being in the presence of madness has an undeniable fascination, and this weird kick is part of the strength of Crumb, Terry Zwigoff's documentary... More>>
Loving the Alien
Species mixes sex, sci-fi and screams for some silly fun
, July 13, 1995
There are those who may be bold enough to suggest that Dennis Feldman's Species screenplay is reality-based, simply because there is such a thing... More>>
Moonstruck
Both corny and inspiring, Apollo 13 is about more than a space mission
, July 06, 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>>
The Write Stuff
Houston's Al Reinert spins a tale of his hometown for the big screen
, July 06, 1995
Houston writer Al Reinert isn't entirely comfortable in commercial jetliners, but he does okay in outer space. That was first made clear to art... More>>
Lost Knight
Hollywood (and Gere, and Connery) turn Arthurian legend into Arthurian mush
, July 06, 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
Two offbeat films chronicle three offbeat young women's struggles
, 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>>
Jazz Notes
, June 29, 1995
It's hard to imagine a more mismanaged photo session than the one that took place in New York City in 1958. The upstart graphics editor at... More>>
Trey and Mantis
, June 29, 1995
At one point in Mantis, a video project by Houston Ballet Choreographic Associate Trey McIntyre that's receiving its official debut this week, a... More>>
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