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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>>
Vile and Viral
, March 16, 1995
Outbreak is a true paranoid's wet dream, and something very scary for those with normal fears. For two thrilling hours, the audience is... More>>
A Cultural Question
Jewish Worlds is back after two years. It should have waited a third.
, March 16, 1995
"So," a Holocaust survivor demands of a fellow concentration camp victim, now a famous musician, whom he hasn't seen for 50 years, "if you are so... More>>
Tales of the Father
Though not true to its source, Roommates is a delight
, March 09, 1995
Picture this: A bunch of Hollywood suits sitting around discussing making a movie from a memoir about the two most important people in the... More>>
To Hell and Back
Image is all (but not enough) in the supernatural thriller Hideaway
, March 09, 1995
There's a good reason why the new thriller Hideaway is proudly designated as "A Film by Brett Leonard," a name few casual moviegoers would... More>>
Walking Dead Arrives D.O.A.
, March 09, 1995
My father served in the Air Force in the 1950s, and was the lone black man in his unit. His not-so-close-knit group did almost everything... More>>
The Evil and the Stupid
Reactionary and racist, Just Cause is just too dumb to get worked up about
, March 02, 1995
It's pointless to respectfully review a film as ineptly written, indifferently directed and slothfully performed as Just Cause, the new legal... More>>
Buried Deep
, March 02, 1995
Outside a stylish Glasgow flat rests a doormat with the message, "Not today, thank you." It's been put there by the flat's residents, a trio of... More>>
Lone Star
, March 02, 1995
The Hunted has packs of lithe ninjas and, like so many Asian-flavored films, has an instructive subtext. Between the bouts of swordplay, we learn... More>>
Married to Poetry
, February 23, 1995
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion," we hear T.S. Eliot lecture a room full of admirers in Tom and Viv, "but an escape from emotion." We... More>>
Audience Reaction
, February 23, 1995
It's time for "Punitive Damages," everyone's favorite segment of the game show Payback Time, where scumbags get what's coming to them. Today's... More>>
The Brady Bomb
Growing up with the Bunch wasn't meant to be this ugly
, February 23, 1995
For those of us on the evolutionary ladder between the Baby Boomers and the Gen X-ers, The Brady Bunch had a purpose. When the Bunch first aired,... More>>
Dead Bang
Gonzo Western The Quick and the Dead is ludicrously entertaining
, February 16, 1995
About ten minutes into Sam Raimi's Western The Quick and the Dead, his nomadic, gunslinging heroine, Ellen (Sharon Stone), slouches down in a... More>>
The Lure of the Irish
, February 16, 1995
Moments before the screening of The Secret of Roan Inish a buddy of mine said, "John Sayles is my favorite director, even though I don't like... More>>
Barely There
, February 16, 1995
Set in 1817 during the aftermath of the Napoleonic wars, Colonel Chabert is about a legendary soldier, presumed dead, who returns home to... More>>
Death Done Wrong
, February 09, 1995
It would seem that Death and the Maiden couldn't miss. A psychological thriller set somewhere in South America after the fall of a dictator,... More>>
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>>
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