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  • Book of Love

    Book of Love | MOVIE REVIEW

    What the world needs now is a lot of things, but I suspect that one of them is not another movie about growing up in the Fifties. The motivation for the film's central character, Jack Twiller (ably...

    February 1, 1991 11:20 AM ET
  • Queens Logic

    Queens Logic | MOVIE REVIEW

    This one had promise. A Wedding in Queens reunites five guys from the old neighborhood. Dennis (Kevin Bacon) has been in L.A. scrounging for jobs as a musician; Vinnie (Tony Spiridakis) is struggling as an actor in...

    February 1, 1991 11:00 AM ET
  • Too Much Sun

    Too Much Sun | MOVIE REVIEW

    This sex farce exhibits a desperate need to shock: When wealthy O.M. Rivers (Howard Duff) dies, his two children – Sonny (Eric Idle) and Bitsy (Andrea Martin) – are stunned that avaricious Father Kelly (Jim Haynie) has...

    January 25, 1991 11:10 AM ET
  • The Best and Worst Movies of 1990

    The Best and Worst Movies of 1990 | ARTICLE

    The Great God box office – the most influential critic in America – has spoken, declaring 1990 the year of Ghost, Pretty Woman and Home Alone. Don't despair. There were also some good movies. A few you...

    January 24, 1991 12:20 PM ET
  • Cadence

    Cadence | MOVIE REVIEW

    Martin Sheen makes his directing debut with this military drama mixed with laughs. It isn't awful — just bland, which is worse. Set on an army base in West Germany in the Sixties, the film stars Sheen...

    January 18, 1991 12:02 PM ET
  • Hamlet

    Hamlet | MOVIE REVIEW

    You already know the play. The question is, how's the new actor? In what has been grossly underestimated as a dramatic leap, Mel Gibson moves from the asinine Bird on a Wire to the Bard of Avon....

    January 18, 1991 12:00 PM ET
  • Men of Respect

    Men of Respect | MOVIE REVIEW

    Hard on the heels of Francis Ford Coppola, who reworked Shakespeare's King Lear for his Godfather Part III crime saga, comes writer-director William Reilly, who is making his feature debut by turning the Bard's Macbeth into...

    January 18, 1991 10:40 AM ET
  • Flight of the Intruder

    Flight of the Intruder | MOVIE REVIEW

    Techno-Thrillers are the hot thing these days, thanks to Tom Clancy. The film of Clancy's Hunt for Red October couldn't touch the book for the kind of military details that make armchair Pattons orgasmic, but it...

    January 18, 1991 10:30 AM ET
  • Taxi Blues

    Taxi Blues | MOVIE REVIEW

    In a caustic comedy of startling originality, writer and first-time director Pavel Lounguine takes an unblinking look at Moscow in the glasnost era through the antics of Chlykov (Piotr Zaitchenko), an antisemitic Russian cabbie, and Lyosha (Piotr...

    January 18, 1991 10:30 AM ET
  • Once Around

    Once Around | MOVIE REVIEW

    This slickly packaged romantic comedy seemed an incongruous choice to kick off the 1991 Sundance Film Festival, on January 17th in Utah. Robert Redford founded the Sundance Institute ten years ago to showcase American independent films and...

    January 18, 1991 10:25 AM ET
  • Hamlet

    Hamlet | MOVIE REVIEW

    You already know the play. The question is, how's the new actor? In what has been grossly underestimated as a dramatic leap, Mel Gibson moves from the asinine Bird on a Wire to the Bard of...

    January 18, 1991 9:50 AM ET
  • Men of Respect

    Men of Respect | MOVIE REVIEW

    Hard on the heels of Francis Ford Coppola, who reworked Shakespeare's King Lear for his Godfather Part III crime saga, comes writer-director William Reilly, who is making his feature debut by turning the Bard's Macbeth into...

    January 18, 1991 12:00 AM ET
  • Once Around

    Once Around | MOVIE REVIEW

    This slickly packaged romantic comedy seemed an incongruous choice to kick off the 1991 Sundance Film Festival, on January 17th in Utah. Robert Redford founded the Sundance Institute ten years ago to showcase American independent films and...

    January 18, 1991 12:00 AM ET
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bridge

    Mr. and Mrs. Bridge | MOVIE REVIEW

    Director James Ivory and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala have painstakingly adapted two outstanding novels by Evan S. Connell about the strained marriage of a ramrod-stiff Kansas City lawyer and his inhibited wife. The film tells the story...

    January 15, 1991 12:02 PM ET
  • Green Card

    Green Card | MOVIE REVIEW

    Fresh from his triumph in Cyrano de Bergerac, Gallic wonder Gérard Depardieu takes on Hollywood and the English language in this captivating romantic bonbon filmed in New York by writer-director Peter Weir (Dead Poets Society). Depardieu plays...

    January 11, 1991 12:02 PM ET
  • Not Without My Daughter

    Not Without My Daughter | MOVIE REVIEW

    There's something terribly wrong when a harrowing true story reaches the screen and feels false in every particular. This film is based on a book by Betty Mahmoody (with William Hoffer), an American housewife who risked torture...

    January 11, 1991 10:35 AM ET
  • Alice

    Alice | MOVIE REVIEW

    Mia Farrow is Alice Tate, the way Diane Keaton was Annie Hall – a real-life inspiration for Woody Allen to make a romantic comedy that contrasts his urban Jewish intellectual take on sex, love, religion and death...

    January 10, 1991 9:55 AM ET
  • The Godfather: Part III

    The Godfather: Part III | MOVIE REVIEW

    Few sequels can match the charge of anticipation you feel before watching the third part of Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather series. The first two parts – released in 1972 and 1974 – won Oscars as Best Picture...

    December 25, 1990 10:15 AM ET
  • The Russia House

    The Russia House | MOVIE REVIEW

    In this laudably ambitious film version of John le Carré's labyrinthine spy novel, Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer attempt to make something sexy of moral rehabilitation. Well, if anybody can do it . . . Connery...

    December 25, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

    The Bonfire of the Vanities | MOVIE REVIEW

    Tom Wolfe's 1987 novel about the Greed Decade was penetrating, prophetic and incisively satirical. Director Brian De Palma's $45 million film version of the book is superficial, shopworn and cartoonish. On film, Bonfire achieves a consistency of...

    December 21, 1990 10:20 AM ET
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