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  • Edward Scissorhands

    Edward Scissorhands | MOVIE REVIEW

    Director Tim Burton's richly entertaining update of the Frankenstein story is the year's most comic, romantic and haunting film fantasy. The title character, played with touching gravity by Johnny Depp, is the handiwork of an aging inventor...

    December 14, 1990 5:35 PM ET
  • Edward Scissorhands

    Edward Scissorhands | MOVIE REVIEW

    Director Tim Burton's richly entertaining update of the Frankenstein story is the year's most comic, romantic and haunting film fantasy. The title character, played with touching gravity by Johnny Depp, is the handiwork of an aging inventor...

    December 14, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • The Sheltering Sky

    The Sheltering Sky | MOVIE REVIEW

    The Long-Awaited Film Version of Paul Bowles's landmark 1949 novel of an American marriage heading for oblivion in North Africa is a wincing embarrassment. The only thing director Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor) has gotten right is...

    December 12, 1990 10:05 AM ET
  • Havana

    Havana | MOVIE REVIEW

    You expect more of stars Robert Redford and Lena Olin, director Sydney Pollack and a $40 million budget than an uncredited and unpalatable rehash of Casablanca. In the early days of World War II, Bogey, as an...

    December 12, 1990 9:55 AM ET
  • Havana

    Havana | MOVIE REVIEW

    You expect more of stars Robert Redford and Lena Olin, director Sydney Pollack and a $40 million budget than an uncredited and unpalatable rehash of Casablanca. In the early days of World War II, Bogey, as an...

    December 12, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Cyrano de Bergerac

    Cyrano de Bergerac | MOVIE REVIEW

    It's doubtful that you'll see two bolder screen performances this year than those given by Anjelica Huston in The Grifters and Gérard Depardieu in Cyrano de Bergerac. One role is passionate, tender, overwhelmingly romantic; the other is...

    December 1, 1990 5:25 PM ET
  • Eating

    Eating | MOVIE REVIEW

    At their most exasperating, the films of writer-director Henry Jaglom (A Safe Place, New Year's Day) can still pull you up short with flashes of wit and insight. Eating features thirty-eight women (and no men) at a...

    November 30, 1990 2:15 PM ET
  • The Comfort of Strangers

    The Comfort of Strangers | MOVIE REVIEW

    Using a vaporous nighttime Venice as setting, the ever-murky Harold Pinter as adapter of Ian McEwan's novel and the sexually sinister Christopher Walken as star, director Paul Schrader (Patty Hearst, Mishima) has fashioned a film of surpassing...

    November 30, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Dances with Wolves

    Dances with Wolves | MOVIE REVIEW

    Ignore the cynics who prematurely pegged this venturesome three-hour western, which is star Kevin Costner's directing debut, as Kevin's Gate. For all its excesses in detailing racial fears and violence between whites and Indians in South Dakota...

    November 21, 1990 5:25 PM ET
  • The Krays

    The Krays | MOVIE REVIEW

    This absolute stunner of a crime film tells the true story of the Krays, twin brothers who ruled London's underworld in the Sixties. Gary Kemp plays Ronald, a homosexual who carved up his enemies with an antique...

    November 9, 1990 4:45 PM ET
  • Baxter

    Baxter | MOVIE REVIEW

    In telling the story of a Dog who talks, French director and co-writer Jrme Boivin has crafted a unique work of satirical bite and ferocious horror. Baxter is a bull terrier living with an old woman (Lise...

    November 7, 1990 2:30 PM ET
  • Jacob's Ladder

    Jacob's Ladder | MOVIE REVIEW

    Bruce Joel Rubin's 'Jacob's Ladder' was chosen by American Film a while back as one of the great unproduced screenplays. Too bad somebody had to spoil things by producing it. There is an intriguing premise: Jacob, played...

    November 2, 1990 5:30 PM ET
  • Vincent & Theo

    Vincent & Theo | MOVIE REVIEW

    This film, about Vincent van Gogh and his art-gallery manager brother, could easily have been one of those painfully earnest biographies of great men. Fortunately, the director is Robert Altman (M*A*S*H, Nashville, Three Women and TV's Tanner...

    November 2, 1990 5:20 PM ET
  • Tune in Tomorrow

    Tune in Tomorrow | MOVIE REVIEW

    Blending fantasy and reality is a tricky business. Director Jon Amiel has managed it splendidly, first on TV with The Singing Detective and later in his first feature, Queen of Hearts. But even the gifted Amiel...

    October 26, 1990 12:04 PM ET
  • Sibling Rivalry

    Sibling Rivalry | MOVIE REVIEW

    For a dumb farce, the plot is fairly complicated, so pay attention: Married Marjorie (Kirstie Alley) has a single sister, Jeanine (Jami Gertz), who thinks Marjorie should have an affair because her doctor husband, Harry (Scott Bakula),...

    October 26, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • White Palace

    White Palace | MOVIE REVIEW

    Glenn Savan's 1987 novel, White Palace, detailed an unlikely affair between Nora, a lusty, big-bottomed hamburger slinger in her forties, and Max, a sullen, tight-assed Jewish ad executive in his late twenties. This film version, vigorously directed...

    October 19, 1990 5:15 PM ET
  • The Kill-Off

    The Kill-Off | MOVIE REVIEW

    With three 1990 films adapted from his mystery novels (he wrote twenty-nine), Jim Thompson (1906-1977) is currently the most popular dead author in Hollywood. After Dark, My Sweet scored well this summer, and The Grifters shows...

    October 19, 1990 4:50 PM ET
  • Reversal of Fortune

    Reversal of Fortune | MOVIE REVIEW

    Money sure beats the bejesus out of sex or drugs or rock & roll when it comes to choosing the top obsession of the Eighties – a decade when wealth was something to risk going to hell...

    October 17, 1990 5:05 PM ET
  • Memphis Belle

    Memphis Belle | MOVIE REVIEW

    Kansas in August has nothing on the corny appeal of this fact-based World War II aerial spectacle. It's the first film from producer David Puttnam since he resigned as chairman of Columbia Pictures in 1987; before that,...

    October 12, 1990 5:00 PM ET
  • To Sleep with Anger

    To Sleep with Anger | MOVIE REVIEW

    Danny Glover is an actor of protean gifts. Whether it's action comedy (Lethal Weapons 1 and 2) or drama (Places in the Heart, The Color Purple), he never fails to deliver the goods. But in writer-director Charles...

    October 12, 1990 4:55 PM ET
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