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A Brilliant Red
, December 08, 1994
For several years now, I've wondered if I simply didn't get the movies of Krzysztof Kieslowski, the Polish filmmaker who specializes in fare so... More>>
Hot and Bothersome
Though hooey on harassment, Disclosure knows how to entertain
, December 08, 1994
Adapted from Michael Crichton's bestseller about sexual harassment and office intrigue in a high tech Seattle computer company, Disclosure is a... More>>
Shame, Shame, Shame
Keenan Ivory Wayans dies as an action hero
, December 08, 1994
In the opening scene of A Low Down Dirty Shame, a maid rolls her cleaning cart down a hallway of an upscale high-rise hotel. Opening a door... More>>
Friends and Fantasy
Adolescent girls, murder, a kingdom of dreams: these are the ties that bind
, December 01, 1994
Peter Jackson might be the boldest English-language director working today -- or at least the boldest whose films are seen by almost no one. His... More>>
Woman Trouble
The stylish Last Seduction boasts a femme fatale to die for
, December 01, 1994
You might not have noticed it, but in the last six months, the leading ranks of American film directors has grown by one. John Dahl is the most... More>>
Oh, Baby
Reitman delivers a bundle of joy with a familiar face
, December 01, 1994
Perhaps grasping for a little of the magic he found when directing Ghostbusters, Ivan Reitman begins his Junior in the same way as his... More>>
For Generations To Come
, November 24, 1994
The most difficult mission in the Star Trek universe isn't Starfleet Academy's Kobayshi Maru scenario, but what Paramount Pictures has attempted:... More>>
Dueling Santas
, November 24, 1994
Both John Hughes' Miracle on 34th Street, his remake of the 1947 classic, and The Santa Clause are new holiday movies that are every bit as... More>>
Hollow Points
Besson's bullet ballet The Professional is slick, but morally ugly
, November 24, 1994
The Professional, the English-language debut of acclaimed French thriller director Luc Besson, is an old chestnut with a shiny new high tech... More>>
Mamet at the Movies
From stage to film, David Mamet is a mixed message
, November 17, 1994
When it comes to filmmaking, David Mamet is as hard to figure as the conflicted characters he writes about. In his screenplays that are remakes... More>>
The Sucking Game
Monsters that go dull in the night
, November 17, 1994
The nation can rest easy now; another burning question has been answered. Tom Cruise can play a vampire, and he can do so well enough that you... More>>
Neither Man nor Monster
Frankenstein claims to go by the book, but fails in the final chapter
, November 10, 1994
Kenneth Branagh's Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (what a mouthful) gets off to a roaring start. In the opening scene, composer Patrick Doyle's score... More>>
Decadent Glories
, November 10, 1994
Film lovers have begun to look on the early '70s as the last golden age of Western film (the golden age of Asian film is on us right now). Those... More>>
A Fine Finney Version
, November 03, 1994
I confess; I used to be a Latin teacher. So there's a soft spot in my heart for any film in which the protagonist attempts the impossible, i.e.... More>>
Enema of the People
, November 03, 1994
Alan Parker's The Road to Wellville is a prettily detailed movie about the prettily detailed fascination with bodily functions that marked... More>>
Making Change
, November 03, 1994
Here's another independent filmmaker's dream come true. Like Hal Hartley, Richard Linklater and Richard Rodriguez before them, Kevin Smith... More>>
Not Much to Like
, October 27, 1994
Late in I Like It Like That, a smalltime ex-con shares a cup of ice cream with two of his children. It's the Bronx; they're on a stoop across the... More>>
A Bust on Broadway
Good idea, good characters, bad result; Allen's roll comes to a stop
, October 27, 1994
The scandal that entered Woody Allen's life a few years ago seemed not to enervate the filmmaker, but rather invigorate him. Not only did he keep... More>>
Love Crimes
, October 27, 1994
Before beginning the review proper, I should confess to not remembering the title of the new Warren Beatty/Annette Bening film, which I only... More>>
Nothing Special
, October 20, 1994
The Specialist has fewer explosions than most of this year's other "blowed up real good" movies. This is not a plus, since The Specialist also... More>>
Hoop Dreams of Glory
A basketball documentary delves deep into the dangerous lure of the game
, October 20, 1994
Hoop Dreams arrives just in time to add a level of irony to the opening of the NBA season. We grateful Houstonians (myself certainly included)... More>>
Love Madness
Tony Richardson's last film is compellingly complex
, October 20, 1994
It's gratifying to see that the late Tony Richardson's final film, Blue Sky, is so complex, adult and moving. To see, in other words, that... More>>
Pulped Fiction
Quentin Tarantino talks his sophomore film into an early grave
, October 13, 1994
Quentin Tarantino's opening move in Pulp Fiction is so similar to its Natural Born Killers counterpart that you're reminded that Tarantino,... More>>
Good Wood
, October 13, 1994
"Visions are worth fighting for," a minor character informs a major one late in Tim Burton's visually striking, charmingly loopy Ed Wood, and we... More>>
The Scout Strikes Out
, October 06, 1994
There isn't much baseball in The Scout, but there hasn't been much baseball in baseball the past few years either. And we know how that ended up:... More>>
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