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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>>
Fatal Femmes
, March 28, 1996
Purists will doubtless cringe at the very suggestion that you might have fun with Diabolique, Jeremiah Chechik's Americanized remake of... More>>
Talk It Up
Spike Lee works the phone-sex lines, but loses his connection
, March 21, 1996
It says a lot about Spike Lee's creative energy, and his adherence to the American work ethic, that within the space of a decade he's made nine... More>>
Antonio Times Two
A Banderas bounty is just one of the pleasures of Two Much
, March 21, 1996
Double your pleasure, double your fun -- Antonio Banderas, the sexiest man in movies today, plays two roles, sort of. As Rock Hudson did in... More>>
Foreign Affairs
, March 21, 1996
What a difference a year -- and several imported American stars -- can make. The 1995 Berlin International Film Festival boasted only a... More>>
Fall Down, Go Thud
, March 14, 1996
Seldom has any movie illustrated the Peter Principle more vividly than If Lucy Fell. This obnoxiously smug little comedy is the second feature to... More>>
Murder, She Said
Fargo gives us comedy, killing -- and an eight-month pregnant detective
, March 14, 1996
The career of Joel and Ethan Coen -- the writing/producing/directing pair of brothers (both write, Ethan produces, Joel directs, with some... More>>
Family Values
The Birdcage updates La Cage Aux Folles with some political bite
, March 07, 1996
They share a loving, long-term relationship based on shared interests, mutual respect and an immensely satisfying joint career. Of course, they... More>>
Stage Play
, February 29, 1996
Why, indeed, must the show go on? This question is of more than academic interest to Joe Harper (Michael Maloney), a high-strung, chronically... More>>
Choice Chan
, February 29, 1996
There are two scenes in Rumble in the Bronx that go a long way toward explaining why, in Asia, Jackie Chan is a movie star who eclipses the likes... More>>
Family Troubles
Before and After asks: When a son's accused of a crime, what do you do?
, February 29, 1996
At the beginning of Barbet Schroeder's new Before and After, we're shown a winter landscape of steel blue skies and crisp snow; as the camera... More>>
City Hall Confusion
, February 22, 1996
City Hall is a frustrating near-miss movie. On the plus side, it's got John Cusack in a lead role, sharp and intriguing character interplay and... More>>
Ready for Takeoff
Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket is a whimsical delight
, February 22, 1996
At a time when it seems as though half the new young filmmakers want to be Quentin Tarantino, while the other half want to be Martin Scorsese,... More>>
Woo? Wow!
John Woo's latest isn't his best, but he still leads the action pack
, February 15, 1996
Given the current state of high-tech trickery available to filmmakers, just about any director with an adequate budget can give you maximum bang... More>>
Film Culture
, February 15, 1996
Mohammed Kamara remembers vividly the first time he saw a movie. He was a teenager living in Liberia, and a Land Rover bearing representatives of... More>>
City of Lost Children has a familiar look -- the look of a winner
, February 08, 1996
Some moviegoers settling down to watch Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro's City of Lost Children might think they've wandered into a Terry Gilliam... More>>
Independent Heaven
, February 08, 1996
At the recently concluded Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redford's annual winter wonderland for independent cinema, the stakes were at an... More>>
Crippled Inside
Shakespeare's most malevolent monarch is marvelously remade for the movies
, February 01, 1996
In Richard Loncraine's audacious and hugely entertaining version of Richard III, the "poisonous hunchbacked toad" of William Shakespeare's... More>>
Death and Doubts
Dead Man Walking finds no easy answers to the hard questions of capital punishment
, January 25, 1996
Given the long and not always glorious tradition of death-row melodramas, not to mention the unabashed and frequently expressed liberalism of Tim... More>>
Say It with Flowers
, January 25, 1996
Christian Slater and Mary Stuart Masterson are fine actors -- in Masterson's case, sometimes an inspired one -- who tend to do their best work in... More>>
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>>
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