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Tears and Fears
, February 09, 1995
"Don't tell anybody about what you've seen," a strong-willed matriarch warns her daughter-in-law in the quiet soap opera Women from the Lake of... More>>
Where the Boys Aren't
, February 02, 1995
Listen, this is a movie that uses Carpenters songs and makes you like them. Oh, and Boys on the Side uses flashbacks from The Way We Were and... More>>
History's Shadows
, February 02, 1995
One tranquil evening in 1949 in the Chinese countryside, a group of traveling shadow puppeteers are putting on a performance when, suddenly, a... More>>
Disorder in the Court
In The Madness of King George, it's not good to be king
, February 02, 1995
Many people in the court of King George III, the protagonist of a fascinating new British comedy by director Nicholas Hytner, suspected something... More>>
Slack time
Before Sunrise is something new from Richard Linklater -- a failure
, January 26, 1995
Most movie fans have a filmmaker they latch onto, take to heart and enthusiastically root for. Their triumphs make you euphoric and their... More>>
Epic Flop
Legends of the Fall is pretty, but only skin deep
, January 26, 1995
You wouldn't think a frontier family saga that includes sibling rivalry, tragic deaths, illicit longings and searing revenge would make for a... More>>
Throne of Blood
, January 26, 1995
Raucous, bawdy, sexy and violent, Queen Margot is history as feverishly overwrought soap opera -- history painted in tears, sweat, blood and... More>>
Baseball's Rough Beast
, January 19, 1995
While Tyrus Raymond Cobb may or may not have been the greatest baseball player of all time, there's no question that he was the meanest player in... More>>
Mother Lode
, January 19, 1995
It's not at all surprising that now Susan Sarandon has finally edged away from earthy sexpot roles and begun embracing characters with maternal... More>>
Newman's Own
In Nobody's Fool, Paul Newman shows he's not getting older, he's getting better
, January 19, 1995
In 1986, when Paul Newman finally won an Oscar as best actor, there was some grumbling. It's not so much that people begrudged him the honor.... More>>
Singin' on the Screen
, January 12, 1995
Of all the various film genres, the one that's had the least success in recent years is musicals. Why that is, is anyone's guess; it could be... More>>
B.S. 101
John Singleton's Higher Learning fails to make the grade
, January 12, 1995
Writer-director John Singleton's Boyz N the Hood was a triumph of intimate storytelling -- an African-American melodrama set in a bullet-riddled... More>>
Full Service Filmmaker
Eagle Pennell's advice for independent directors? Fight.
, January 05, 1995
Until Austin's Rick Linklater created Dazed and Confused, and San Antonio's Robert Rodriguez produced El Mariachi, Houston's Eagle Pennell was... More>>
Sounding the Soul
Flawed but passionate, Immortal Beloved takes us inside the genius of Beethoven
, January 05, 1995
In the middle of the public premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, the elderly, decrepit, bitter composer leaves his seat in the... More>>
Dorothy Done Dirty
, January 05, 1995
Director Alan Rudolph no doubt planned for Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle to be a revealing, insightful movie about Dorothy Parker and the... More>>
The Joy of Being Stupid
, December 29, 1994
In Dumb and Dumber, Jim Carrey and his rubber face are shown in top, albeit tortured and contorted, form. This is good news to his legions of... More>>
Little Women, Big Film
Louisa May Alcott's classic novel makes another classic movie
, December 29, 1994
Gillian Armstrong, the director of Little Women, isn't a daring, kinetic film artist, like Martin Scorsese or Peter Jackson or Jane Campion.... More>>
Low Fashion
Robert Altman's Ready to Wear is all dressed up with nowhere to go
, December 22, 1994
It's quite a compliment to say that an artist's failures are more interesting than most of his colleagues' successes. That description certainly... More>>
Knowing Nell
, December 22, 1994
The central character in Michael Apted's new film Nell is introduced to the tune of her own, otherworldly, melodic keening. In the opening... More>>
Robert's Rules of Fashion
Slimmed down and back on top, Robert Altman's having a fine time
, December 22, 1994
"Oh, this is a stag party," Robert Altman jokes as he enters a room full of male journalists gathered round a table for a Ready to Wear press... More>>
Love and Bore
Apolitical and unfunny, Speechless has nothing to say
, December 15, 1994
There are two kinds of bad movies: actively bad and passively bad. An actively bad one can prove perversely enjoyable. You sit there gazing up at... More>>
Sky Kings
, December 15, 1994
Drop Zone is an action movie with the requisite good guys and bad guys, zap and pow and ostensibly witty tough talk, and all of that ordinary... More>>
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>>
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