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Black Is Back
, May 30, 1996
Shaft? Damn right. And Super Fly, Foxy Brown and Sweet Sweetback, too. Throughout June at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, you can return to... More>>
Buddy and the Beast
A pair of unlikely allies trade wisecracks and fight evil. The twist: one's a dragon.
, May 30, 1996
If there were such a thing as an Academy Award for Best Computer-Generated Actor, it would be hard to imagine a more worthy Oscar hopeful than... More>>
Slow Death
, May 23, 1996
Every great filmmaker is allowed at least one grand folly. Jim Jarmusch, the poet laureate of sub-zero cool and laid-back absurdism, has... More>>
Mission: Irrelevant
Sure, you can upgrade a TV series to the big screen -- but why bother?
, May 23, 1996
Get a load of this: Tom Cruise thinks fast, and acts faster, to get out of harm's way in a Prague restaurant. With the aid of some explosive... More>>
Storm Troopers
, May 16, 1996
Twister opens with a dark and stormy night, the darkest and stormiest ever filmed, thanks to contemporary effects technology. Against a symphony... More>>
Cajun 12-Step
An old-fashioned detective story. A newfangled detective.
, May 16, 1996
Dave Robicheaux is a former New Orleans homicide detective who stopped being a cop right around the time he quit drinking, because he figured... More>>
Robinson Redux
The Pallbearer follows in The Graduate's footsteps
, May 09, 1996
Sometimes a movie will stake its claim to a particular premise or subject so firmly, so definitively, that it must be acknowledged any time... More>>
Witchgirls
, May 09, 1996
There's a thin line between muttering bitterly to yourself and casting spells -- at least that's the way it works in The Craft. Here, the bright... More>>
Dead Woman Walking
Sharon Stone's Last Dance has good intentions, and absolutely awful timing
, May 02, 1996
Somewhere down the road, maybe a year or two from now, it may be possible to pass impartial judgment on Last Dance, a death row drama that... More>>
Punchy Fun
, May 02, 1996
Very much like politicians on the campaign trail, most mainstream Hollywood movies try to be all things to all people. And that goes a long way... More>>
To Lie For
Janeane Garofalo makes a little deception go a very long (and very funny) way
, April 25, 1996
The best date movie around right now is The Truth About Cats and Dogs, an extremely clever romantic comedy that strikes just the right balance... More>>
Big Screen TV
, April 25, 1996
True happiness requires laughing so suddenly and so hard that soda comes out your nose, and doing so often. Luckily, to help us do just that, we... More>>
Respected to Death
Jane Eyre has everything it needs to succeed -- except life
, April 18, 1996
There isn't anything glaringly wrong with Franco Zeffirelli's film version of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. Indeed, quite a few things are... More>>
A Real Girl
, April 18, 1996
On a drearily overcast Sunday afternoon six years ago, I visited Auschwitz. For reasons I didn't entirely understand at first, I felt compelled... More>>
Slavic Surprise
, April 11, 1996
Makarov is not a straightforward, linear movie. Instead, this is an odd, dark and comic film about the problems of being a poet and a gun owner.... More>>
Personal Journey
, April 11, 1996
With The Journey of August King, John Duigan (The Year My Voice Broke, Sirens) has done a masterful job of bringing the audience to another time,... More>>
World of Film
Smaller, and with shorts, WorldFest/Houston cranks up its projectors
, April 11, 1996
Once again, the WorldFest/Houston International Film Festival is offering more of the same, only less. Continuing its evolution into the "lean,... More>>
Price Guide
, April 11, 1996
If you want to catch all that WorldFest has to offer, you have a couple of options. You can buy individual tickets ($20 for the opening night... More>>
A Few Concessions
, April 11, 1996
A film festival is not all art and culture. Like any other celebration of fandom, a film festival is also about indulgence. Aficionados take time... More>>
Signals
, April 11, 1996
Despite their high profile on A-list festivals in Europe and Canada, South Korean films are conspicuous by their absence from the diet of U.S.... More>>
Taking Chances
, April 11, 1996
Sitting through Bruno Barreto's Carried Away is a bit like watching someone defuse a bomb. A great deal of your appreciation for what you're... More>>
A Tour of Tavernier
, April 04, 1996
In addition to introducing the Lumiere program at the MFA, Bertrand Tavernier will discuss his own oeuvre during his visit to Houston. At 7:30... More>>
Talked to Death
Headline:Faithful proves too true to the play that birthed it
, April 04, 1996
Anyone searching for a definition of the term "canned theater" need look no further than Faithful. Despite some profanely funny dialogue and... More>>
Lights, Action, History
A century ago, France's Lumiere brothers started something big -- the movies
, April 04, 1996
On the evening of December 28, 1895, two brothers greeted visitors arriving at the basement salon of a popular cafe on Paris' fashionable... More>>
Family Values
Jones and Duvall make a tale of two brothers a tale to remember
, March 28, 1996
Robert Duvall has a couple of moments during the early scenes of A Family Thing that are so emotionally eloquent, so absolutely right, he almost... More>>
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