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  • The Reflecting Skin

    The Reflecting Skin | MOVIE REVIEW

    It's not your average vampire movie; this one's got aspirations. Philip Ridley, the British painter-illustrator-novelist who turned screenwriter with the mesmerizing 1990 gangster film The Krays, debuts as a director with a perversely alluring work he describes...

    September 9, 1990 12:00 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...

    September 7, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • The Lemon Sisters

    The Lemon Sisters | MOVIE REVIEW

    A Movie Starring Three Women (Diane Keaton, Carol Kane and Kathryn Grody) and directed by another (Smooth Talk's Joyce Chopra) is so rare in macho-or-die Hollywood that The Lemon Sisters deserves credit just for being made. But...

    August 31, 1990 3:30 PM ET
  • Dreams

    Dreams | MOVIE REVIEW

    Travelers in a blizzard are bewitched by a snow fairy; a small boy spies on a wedding procession of foxes; crows rise majestically above a wheat field. These are just a few of the awesome images in...

    August 24, 1990 3:40 PM ET
  • Life is Cheap... But Toilet Paper is Expensive

    Life is Cheap... But Toilet Paper is Expensive | MOVIE REVIEW

    It's different. An Asian-American man, played by this film's screenwriter, Spencer Nakasako, flies from San Francisco to Hong Kong to deliver a briefcase to the Big Boss (Lo Wai). Eager to visit the port city before China...

    August 24, 1990 3:35 PM ET
  • Darkman

    Darkman | MOVIE REVIEW

    This High-Camp hoot of a horror film is so shamelessly dumb, derivative and over the top that it defies any standard of critical judgment. It's like The Phantom of the Opera directed by the Marx Brothers. Actually,...

    August 24, 1990 3:20 PM ET
  • After Dark, My Sweet

    After Dark, My Sweet | MOVIE REVIEW

    Jim Thompson wrote twenty-nine lean and lowdown novels before his death in 1977. Two of these memorably warped potboilers — The Getaway and The Killer Inside Me — have been turned into disappointingly conventional Hollywood movies....

    August 24, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Akira Kurosawa's Dreams

    Akira Kurosawa's Dreams | MOVIE REVIEW

    Travelers in a blizzard are bewitched by a snow fairy; a small boy spies on a wedding procession of foxes; crows rise majestically above a wheat field. These are just a few of the awesome images in...

    August 24, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Pump Up the Volume

    Pump Up the Volume | MOVIE REVIEW

    Christian Slater has been frittering away his talent lately in such junk as The Wizard, Tales From the Darkside and Young Guns II. For a while it looked as if the anarchic wit he brought to...

    August 22, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Wild At Heart

    Wild At Heart | MOVIE REVIEW

    Imagine The Wizard Of Oz with an oversexed witch, gun-toting Munchkins and love ballads from Elvis Presley, and you'll get some idea of this erotic hellzapoppin from writer-director David Lynch. Lynch's kinky fairy tale is a...

    August 17, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • The Two Jakes

    The Two Jakes | MOVIE REVIEW

    It's ironic that the best movie about the Watergate era is Chinatown, a detective story set in 1937, nearly four decades ahead of the political coverup that shook the nation. Released in 1974, two years before the...

    August 10, 1990 3:25 PM ET
  • Air America

    Air America | MOVIE REVIEW

    In its inane but escalating battle to prove that any subject -- no matter how complex -- can be trivialized as a buddy picture, Hollywood has spewed out Air America. This Vietnamera mind-number stars Mel Gibson and...

    August 10, 1990 3:15 PM ET
  • Flatliners

    Flatliners | MOVIE REVIEW

    Superficially provocative and deeply silly, this film at least starts with an original idea from first-time screenwriter Peter Filardi: Obsessed with the stories of patients who died on the operating table only to be revived after a...

    August 10, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Air America

    Air America | MOVIE REVIEW

    This Vietnamera mind-number stars Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. as flyboys who trade quips and share close-ups as the bullets fly and the laughs come tumbling down. Downey is Billy Covington, a big-city chopper pilot who...

    August 10, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Two Jakes

    Two Jakes | MOVIE REVIEW

    It's ironic that the best movie about the Watergate era is Chinatown, a detective story set in 1937, nearly four decades ahead of the political coverup that shook the nation. Released in 1974, two years before the...

    August 10, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Metropolitan

    Metropolitan | MOVIE REVIEW

    It's a shock to find a summer movie in which no weapons are fired. But writer-director Whit Stillman's marvelously literate, comic and romantic debut film -- produced for under $1 million with an extraordinary cast of unknowns...

    August 3, 1990 2:45 PM ET
  • Mo' Better Blues

    Mo' Better Blues | MOVIE REVIEW

    At least a half-dozen movies are struggling to get out of the ambitious but maddening hodgepodge that is writer-producer-director Spike Lee's Mo' Better Blues. At the center is a romantic triangle: Bleek Gilliam, the Brooklyn-born jazz trumpeter...

    August 3, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Young Guns II

    Young Guns II | MOVIE REVIEW

    Decked out in cowboy gear and ready for action is the pistol-packing cast of Young Guns II, headed by Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland and Lou Diamond Phillips. Together they look as if they might make a terrific...

    August 1, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Presumed Innocent

    Presumed Innocent | MOVIE REVIEW

    When a mystery novel really grips us, as Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent did in 1987, the inevitable movie version rarely turns out the way we imagined. Turow, a successful Chicago lawyer, crafted a first novel that...

    July 27, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • The Freshman

    The Freshman | MOVIE REVIEW

    Shortly after he finished shooting this screwball farce last fall, Marlon Brando disowned The Freshman as "a flop." Later, he recanted and said the movie "contains moments of high comedy that will be remembered for decades to...

    July 20, 1990 2:55 PM ET
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