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Sly Evil
The name of the film may be Othello, but Iago's the star
, January 18, 1996
Very much in the tradition of Franco Zeffirelli's 1991 film of Hamlet, in which Mel Gibson did himself proud as Shakespeare's melancholy Dane,... More>>
Bloody Fun
Tarantino meets Rodriguez and, no surprise, all hell breaks loose
, January 18, 1996
Early in a marathon battle with undead predators, a clash that takes up most of the second half of From Dusk till Dawn, a flustered antihero is... More>>
Sisters Song
Georgia gets the lyrics right, but it's still out of tune
, January 11, 1996
If it had been made 50 years ago, when Bette Davis and Joan Crawford ruled Hollywood, it's likely that Georgia would be better than it is. That's... More>>
Moving History
, January 11, 1996
If you love movies, consider this grim statistic provided by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington: more than half of all the movies produced... More>>
Sweet Revenge?
Eye for an Eye wants to appeal to the vigilante within us
, January 11, 1996
Eye for an Eye is a B movie that somehow won the lottery and got an A movie cast and director. It's thoroughly shameless in the way it exploits a... More>>
Monkey Shines
Director Terry Gilliam travels through time to find a winner
, January 04, 1996
Once again, Terry Gilliam has seen the future, and it's a mess. In Brazil, his exuberantly paranoid vision of a post-1984 totalitarian state, he... More>>
Four Rooms, All Vacant
, January 04, 1996
Biologist Thomas Henry Huxley was counseling medical students, not hip young filmmakers, when he noted, not entirely in jest, "There is the... More>>
The Year in Film
Though not great, 1995 still produced some movies worth seeing (and reseeing)
, December 28, 1995
This past year will not be remembered as a vintage one for movies -- or even, judging from recent trade paper reports, for the movie industry --... More>>
Camp Vamp
Mel Brooks' Dracula isrise-from-the-dead funny
, December 28, 1995
Mel Brooks has said that he sees his new Dracula: Dead and Loving It as a companion piece to his Young Frankenstein. That's giving himself a lot... More>>
Sad Country
, December 21, 1995
Some films are perfect products of their time; other films are such that they transcend their time; and then others are simply lost in time,... More>>
Power Trip
Oliver Stone takes a measured look at how Richard Nixon rose and why he fell
, December 21, 1995
Near the very end of Nixon, Oliver Stone's surprisingly evenhanded examination of this century's most notorious U.S. president, there is a scene... More>>
Good Sense
, December 14, 1995
"Farce," wrote critic Stefan Kanfer, "is tragedy out for a good time. Its characters miss catastrophe by a pulse beat. What if the husband had... More>>
Making Mr. Right
Sabrina doesn't mimic the old Hollywood feel, it revives it
, December 14, 1995
Perhaps the very best fairy tales are those that allow for the possibility that, sometimes, Prince Charming gets lost along the way and doesn't... More>>
Family Matters
, December 07, 1995
Talking about remakes is always sticky ground for reviewers. There are valid reasons for reminding people that a story is not original --... More>>
Critic's Choice
Appalachia Calling
, December 07, 1995
Blessed with R.E.M.'s mystical sense of Southernness and Uncle Tupelo's command of the loud-and-soft dynamic, and possessing Toad the Wet... More>>
Trading Places
John Travolta shines again in an intriguing, if uneven, look at race in America
, December 07, 1995
In the parallel universe of White Man's Burden, things really aren't all that different from what they are in the real world. America continues... More>>
Byte Me
, September 14, 1995
Since the title of the film is Hackers, not Garbage Men or Meter Maids, it should come as no great surprise that this is a story about... More>>
Running Out of Time
With Clockers, Spike Lee givesa touching, and harrowing, view of inner-city life
, September 14, 1995
You're still getting settled in your seat, balancing the popcorn on your lap, when Clockers first backhands you across the face. The opening... More>>
Beyond Dreck
John Boorman's new film has some, uh, interesting color tones
, August 31, 1995
Beyond Rangoon has the style of John Boorman's signature films -- it's lovely to look at but ultimately uninteresting, like The Emerald Forest or... More>>
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>>
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