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On Location with Boy Rifkin
The director of The Chase considers Houston and Keaton
, March 10, 1994
Last August, the production of The Chase cluttered our freeways and city streets -- and gave Houstonians a sample of Hollywood action. Star... More>>
My Life As A Grape
What's Eating Gilbert Grape -- growing up eccentric in a small Iowa town
, March 10, 1994
After Swedish filmmaker Lasse Hallstrsm made the magical and heartfelt My Life as a Dog in 1985, he went the route of almost all successful... More>>
Lost Patrol
, March 10, 1994
That a new Alex Cox film is opening is welcome news. Highway Patrolman is his first release since 1987's Straight to Hell, which the current... More>>
The Chips Are Down
, March 03, 1994
Instead of calling his latest sports screenplay Blue Chips, Ron Shelton (writer/director of Bull Durham and White Men Can't Jump) should've... More>>
The Little Mexican Tramp
Cantinflas kicks off the MFA's series of classic Mexican films
, March 03, 1994
The 1993 death of the great Mexican comic actor Mario Moreno, better known as "Cantinflas," was an event noted in some detail in the U.S. press,... More>>
The Whoo-oo Highway
, March 03, 1994
The Chase harkens back to The A-Team, Batman (the TV version) and old-fashioned movie serials, with a little mushy stuff on the side. It's set... More>>
The Celluloid of the President
A winning documentary about the Clinton campaign's inner circle
, February 17, 1994
What's remarkable about The War Room, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus' Oscar-nominated, behind-the-scenes documentary on the Clinton campaign's... More>>
Juliet Done It
, February 17, 1994
It took me a while to make up my mind about Romeo Is Bleeding. It has quite a chestnut of an opening: a wasted-looking Gary Oldman stands behind... More>>
Nevermore
, February 17, 1994
As the MFA's French film noir series winds down, we get The Raven, an interesting, if genre-fuzzy entry from Henri-Georges Clouzot. This isn't... More>>
Sentiment and Sneering
, February 17, 1994
Reality Bites is promoted, in print and electronic ads, as a comedy about love in the '90s. It's not about love in the '90s; it's about love,... More>>
It's All Great
A finished documentary about an incomplete Orson Welles masterwork
, February 10, 1994
Shortly after the 1941 premiere of his classic Citizen Kane, Orson Welles was prevailed upon by Nelson Rockefeller, the State Department's... More>>
Getaway from Me
Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger sprout personalities to save an otherwise lackluster thriller
, February 10, 1994
For nearly half its length, I thought the current remake of The Getaway would be just one more failed thriller. The idea of casting Alec Baldwin... More>>
Anything Goes?
, February 10, 1994
What's wrong with a movie musical? Everything, apparently. Preview audiences so hated the musical version of I'll Do Anything that mindful... More>>
8 1/2 Fellini Films
, February 03, 1994
Not much has been left unsaid about Federico Fellini. If ever there has been a filmmaker for whom a "lifetime achievement" Oscar was a career... More>>
Dumb Guns
, February 03, 1994
If you wouldn't think twice about finding rap stars hanging out in a bar in the Amazon jungle, if you'd agree that a prudent way to make a... More>>
Peter X
, February 03, 1994
An opening image in Stepping Razor -- Red X, a disappointing biography of reggae legend Peter Tosh, is graffiti on a Jamaican boulder reading... More>>
Rotten Johnny
, January 27, 1994
Naked arrives preceded by glowing reviews and perched on numerous critics' year-end best-of lists. And it's the latest product from the generally... More>>
Into Africa
, January 27, 1994
Rice University professor and acclaimed writer Max Apple (author of two novels, Zip and The Propheteers, and two collections of short stories,... More>>
Innocent on the Lam
, January 27, 1994
After seeing Flight of the Innocent, you won't be surprised to learn that Italian director Carlo Carlei has already signed a deal to make movies... More>>
The Belfasters
Be glad that In the Name of the Father was made. But don't expect this Irish movie to leave anyone's eyes crying.
, January 20, 1994
In recent years the Irish have quietly begun a sort of national cinema. I say "quietly" because they haven't received the fanfare of the Chinese... More>>
Anatomy of a Scam
Six Degrees of Separation, one of the best movies in months, takes the jump from play to screen with wit and brilliance
, January 20, 1994
The movie season is about to get interesting -- finally. Six Degrees of Separation, with its wit, structural and visual daring, and bracing take... More>>
Stella
, January 20, 1994
The Museum of Fine Arts kicks off its Greek film festival in fine form with Stella (1955), a good old-fashioned melodrama about a small town's... More>>
Wrestling Ernest Hemingway
, January 20, 1994
If you want to see four old pros who really know what they're doing, watch Wrestling Ernest Hemingway, a small, touching movie about elderly... More>>
Last Call at Maud's
, January 13, 1994
Tired of the typical bar scene? Then check out Paris Poirier's Last Call at Maud's, a witty yet serious, entertaining yet informative, intimate... More>>
The Silence of the Lambs
Hollywood emerges from its AIDS innocence to produce the engaging, but predictable, Philadelphia
, January 13, 1994
Given that the AIDS epidemic has been a matter of public record for a decade, it's sobering to think that a film like Philadelphia is only now... More>>
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