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Two new films take on the issues, but only one entertains with its answers
, August 17, 1995
Dangerous Minds and Jeffrey come shining onto the big screen secure of a certain success based on their high-minded and topical subject matter.... More>>
The Wet Look
Waterworld is a whirlpool of dazzling action, and muddled ideas
, August 03, 1995
Given what we've heard about the film's chaotic production history, the opening image of Waterworld has a certain juvenile charm: the... More>>
Unkind Cuts
, August 03, 1995
It's been a long time since I've despised a film character the way I despised Chad Palomino (James Le Gros), a rich, handsome, spoiled young... More>>
Fashion Plate
Clueless is an improbably entertaining time-waster
, August 03, 1995
About 30 minutes into Clueless, a disposable new teen comedy starring MTV-spawned glamour girl Alicia Silverstone as a spoiled Beverly Hills... More>>
A Boy and His Cetacean
, July 27, 1995
Discussing 1993's year in movies, veteran Hollywood scriptwriter William Goldman -- who wrote the screenplays for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance... More>>
High Hopes
Wings of Courage is a grand, if failed, IMAX experiment
, July 27, 1995
The very technology that makes IMAX 3D so lifelike is the same technology that makes it a barren vehicle for dramatic films. For every frame in... More>>
Mountain of Memories
A documentary tale of Tiananmen Square makes art of history
, July 27, 1995
Whether he's following the fictional adventures of a modern-day wild child in Nell, or casting a sympathetic eye at a real-life rock star on the... More>>
Train to Disaster
, July 20, 1995
Just when it seemed safe to go to the summer cinema, Steven Seagal is back, this time in Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, a megabudget sequel... More>>
Tex-Mex Tunes
, July 20, 1995
Austin filmmaker Hector Galan didn't have much to work with -- a meager selection of old recordings and still photos and a few feet of rare... More>>
Quiet Spell
The Indian in the Cupboard is as matter-of-fact and mysterious as its title
, July 20, 1995
The Indian in the Cupboard is an oasis of calm amid the glitzy din of summer. It rarely shouts when it can whisper. Like the fairy tales of the... More>>
Sugar High
The Power Rangers movie is sweet, junky fun
, July 13, 1995
This is an announcement to all the concerned parents who believe that Fox Network's brain-dead TV fistfest Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is part... More>>
Mad for Art
, July 13, 1995
Being in the presence of madness has an undeniable fascination, and this weird kick is part of the strength of Crumb, Terry Zwigoff's documentary... More>>
Loving the Alien
Species mixes sex, sci-fi and screams for some silly fun
, July 13, 1995
There are those who may be bold enough to suggest that Dennis Feldman's Species screenplay is reality-based, simply because there is such a thing... More>>
Both corny and inspiring, Apollo 13 is about more than a space mission
, July 06, 1995
His ship might be damaged beyond repair, and his longtime ambition to walk on the moon might be dashed forever, but Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks),... More>>
The Write Stuff
Houston's Al Reinert spins a tale of his hometown for the big screen
, July 06, 1995
Houston writer Al Reinert isn't entirely comfortable in commercial jetliners, but he does okay in outer space. That was first made clear to art... More>>
Lost Knight
Hollywood (and Gere, and Connery) turn Arthurian legend into Arthurian mush
, July 06, 1995
First Knight, a new effort from Ghost director Jerry Zucker, purports to tell the tale of King Arthur's ill-fated marriage to Lady Guinevere -- a... More>>
Female Trouble
Two offbeat films chronicle three offbeat young women's struggles
, June 29, 1995
The absence of good movie roles for women has been bemoaned in the press so many times over the past few years that film critics might as well... More>>
Jazz Notes
, June 29, 1995
It's hard to imagine a more mismanaged photo session than the one that took place in New York City in 1958. The upstart graphics editor at... More>>
Trey and Mantis
, June 29, 1995
At one point in Mantis, a video project by Houston Ballet Choreographic Associate Trey McIntyre that's receiving its official debut this week, a... More>>
Uncharted Waters
Though flawed, Pocahontas is a big step forward for animated films
, June 22, 1995
I'm worried about the fate of Pocahontas. Of all the big-budget, feature-length cartoons released by Disney in the past six years, this one --... More>>
Batman, At Last
Sexy and soulful, Schumacher's epic proves the third time's the charm
, June 22, 1995
I was disappointed in the first two Batman movies. Despite moments of dark wit and visual brilliance, they didn't move me emotionally, and I... More>>
Smoking Out a Story
, June 15, 1995
Paul Benjamin (William Hurt) is a novelist who can't tell stories anymore, not since the tragic death of his beloved wife in a random act of... More>>
Monkey Business
Congo is a fine old film, in afine old-fashioned way
, June 15, 1995
The latest adaptation of a Michael Crichton bestseller is about as realistic, and almost as entertaining, as that other one -- what was it? -- oh... More>>
Classic Keaton, Classic Comedy
100 years on, the MFA gives a silent-screen genius his due
, June 08, 1995
The oeuvre of silent-film comedian Buster Keaton, a body of work being celebrated this month at the Museum of Fine Arts, has snob appeal in... More>>
Best of the Breast
, June 08, 1995
Russ Meyer didn't have it easy. Today, there are plastic mam jobs on almost every corner just bursting to be in exploitation movies. But when... More>>
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