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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>>
Friends and Fantasy
Adolescent girls, murder, a kingdom of dreams: these are the ties that bind
, December 01, 1994
Peter Jackson might be the boldest English-language director working today -- or at least the boldest whose films are seen by almost no one. His... More>>
Woman Trouble
The stylish Last Seduction boasts a femme fatale to die for
, December 01, 1994
You might not have noticed it, but in the last six months, the leading ranks of American film directors has grown by one. John Dahl is the most... More>>
Oh, Baby
Reitman delivers a bundle of joy with a familiar face
, December 01, 1994
Perhaps grasping for a little of the magic he found when directing Ghostbusters, Ivan Reitman begins his Junior in the same way as his... More>>
For Generations To Come
, November 24, 1994
The most difficult mission in the Star Trek universe isn't Starfleet Academy's Kobayshi Maru scenario, but what Paramount Pictures has attempted:... More>>
Dueling Santas
, November 24, 1994
Both John Hughes' Miracle on 34th Street, his remake of the 1947 classic, and The Santa Clause are new holiday movies that are every bit as... More>>
Hollow Points
Besson's bullet ballet The Professional is slick, but morally ugly
, November 24, 1994
The Professional, the English-language debut of acclaimed French thriller director Luc Besson, is an old chestnut with a shiny new high tech... More>>
Mamet at the Movies
From stage to film, David Mamet is a mixed message
, November 17, 1994
When it comes to filmmaking, David Mamet is as hard to figure as the conflicted characters he writes about. In his screenplays that are remakes... More>>
The Sucking Game
Monsters that go dull in the night
, November 17, 1994
The nation can rest easy now; another burning question has been answered. Tom Cruise can play a vampire, and he can do so well enough that you... More>>
Neither Man nor Monster
Frankenstein claims to go by the book, but fails in the final chapter
, November 10, 1994
Kenneth Branagh's Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (what a mouthful) gets off to a roaring start. In the opening scene, composer Patrick Doyle's score... More>>
Decadent Glories
, November 10, 1994
Film lovers have begun to look on the early '70s as the last golden age of Western film (the golden age of Asian film is on us right now). Those... More>>
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