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Make 'em Laugh
With Funny Bones, Peter Chelsom dips into humor's dark side
, May 04, 1995
Peter Chelsom, co-writer and director of the new film about comedy (as opposed to comedy film) Funny Bones, says his latest work is another of... More>>
Hot Love
, May 04, 1995
There's a happy ending to A Pyromaniac's Love Story; this film is a fairy tale after all, albeit a modernized, live action version of Fractured... More>>
Bad Seeds
, May 04, 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>>
Talking (and Talking) Film
, May 04, 1995
WorldFest Houston, the city's annual international film festival, is like any other annual event: a select crowd waits eagerly all year for it to... More>>
Getting Hooked, Brilliantly
With The Basketball Diaries, Leonardo DiCaprio becomes a star
, 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>>
Chopped to Death
, April 27, 1995
The casting of Nicolas Cage as Little Junior in the thriller Kiss of Death might seem at first to be foolhardy. Cage as a bad guy? More... More>>
Engaging Postures
, April 20, 1995
Don't be put off by the fact that this is a movie about over-educated, alienated young men trying to make it big in Los Angeles. The Low Life... More>>
Good and Rotten
, 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>>
Price and Time
, April 20, 1995
This year, all the WorldFest films save three -- Someone Special, Self Portrait and Manhattan by Numbers -- will be seen in a pair of... More>>
The Why of WorldFest
Houston's film festival returns a "lean, mean movie machine"
, April 20, 1995
It's baaaaack! WorldFest/Houston International Film Festival, which has zapped through so many incarnations it probably should be known as the... More>>
Red Summer
, April 20, 1995
There's a big difference between films about Russians, and Russian films. It's the difference between David Lean's Doctor Zhivago and Nikita... More>>
Generations
, 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
The didactic Priest is an overheated but honorable melodrama
, April 13, 1995
Your hooey detector will probably start beeping about ten minutes into British filmmaker Antonia Bird's controversial melodrama Priest when... More>>
Where the Boys Aren't
, April 13, 1995
"Don't you want to deal with problems when they happen?" Rachel demands. She's just moved in with someone and, being level-headed, isn't quite... More>>
Action by the Book
, April 13, 1995
There's no denying that Bad Boys follows Hollywood's action comedy formula by the book. But where most films only end up bombing in the process,... More>>
Lover Men
Three films offer differing takes on the myth of the romantic hero
, April 06, 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... More>>
Into the Tank
, April 06, 1995
Based on the cult-fave comic series by Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett, Tank Girl is more a psychedelic fusion of comic and film than a movie... More>>
High School Lessons
, March 30, 1995
In case you missed it on PBS last fall, High School II -- documentarian Frederick Wiseman's look at a secondary school in Spanish Harlem -- will... More>>
A Dog's Life
Kathy Bates makes an art of being a bitch in Dolores Claiborne
, March 30, 1995
Sometimes, being a bitch is all a woman has to hang onto. This is what the women in Dolores Claiborne say. Vera Donovan (Judy Parfitt), the... More>>
Killer Elite
, 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
Atom Egoyan, Canada's poet laureate of cinematic gloom, courts mainstream popularity
, 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
, 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>>
Battle Scars
, March 23, 1995
Being a warrior, a true warrior, is a noble life. Pretending to be a warrior, but being a coward, is hopeless and brings disaster. The difference... More>>
Houston On Screen
, March 23, 1995
The Museum of Fine Arts' First Look: New Films Made in Houston is essentially a well-intentioned attempt to support local filmmaking. On view are... More>>
Distant Thunder
, March 16, 1995
Before the Rain, a three-part anthology of stories from the war-torn Balkan nation of Macedonia, is as powerful and passionate an examination of... More>>
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