3481 items by Peter Travers

  • Avalon

    Avalon | MOVIE REVIEW

    "I came to America in 1914," says Sam Krichinsky, a Jewish immigrant from Europe whom writer-director Barry Levinson based on his own grandfather. Levinson shows the young Sam dazzled by the lights and flag-waving as he arrives...

    October 5, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • 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...

    October 1, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Pacific Heights

    Pacific Heights | MOVIE REVIEW

    Another ride down Hitchcock road, but a jolting and hypnotic one, thanks to fleet directing from John Schlesinger and a twisty script by Daniel Pyne. The story taps into a yuppie nightmare: Patty Palmer (Melanie Griffith) and...

    September 28, 1990 4:40 PM ET
  • King of New York

    King of New York | MOVIE REVIEW

    The King is Frank White, a New York City drug lord just out of jail and determined to reestablish his fiefdom among the Mob and the Chinese gangs who have cut into his operation. As played by...

    September 28, 1990 4:35 PM ET
  • Texasville

    Texasville | MOVIE REVIEW

    You won't recognize the old crowd from The Last Picture Show: After thirty-three years, Jeff Bridges's high-school hero, Duane, has picked up a paunch, a tart-tongued wife (Annie Potts), rebellious kids and an oil fortune that has...

    September 28, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Naked Tango

    Naked Tango | MOVIE REVIEW

    Writer-director Leonard Schrader opens his film with a clip from the 1921 silent classic Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, showing Rudolph Valentino doing a sizzling tango. Dumb move. Schrader's take on the "dance of sex without love"...

    September 27, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Miller's Crossing

    Miller's Crossing | MOVIE REVIEW

    Here's a jewel of a gangster film from director Joel Coen and producer Ethan Coen, with the sterling screenplay credited to both. It's the best picture yet from the Coen brothers: They've further honed the talent they...

    September 22, 1990 4:00 PM ET
  • The Tall Guy

    The Tall Guy | MOVIE REVIEW

    Crack the shell of this insipid romantic farce and you'll find a smashingly comic satire at the core. Jeff Goldblum, in top form, stars as Dexter King, a tall American actor eager to make it on the...

    September 21, 1990 4:35 PM ET
  • Narrow Margin

    Narrow Margin | MOVIE REVIEW

    In this threadbare thriller, the Mob messes up the sex life of divorced publishing executive Carol Hunnicut, played by Anne Archer. On a blind date in Los Angeles with Mob mouthpiece Michael Tarlow (J.T. Walsh), Carol accompanies...

    September 21, 1990 4:05 PM ET
  • GoodFellas

    GoodFellas | MOVIE REVIEW

    Get set for a crime wave at the movies. Between now and the year-end release of The Godfather Part III, Hollywood will be married to the Mob. The criminal element dominates in GoodFellas, Miller's Crossing,...

    September 19, 1990 3:40 PM ET
  • Hardware

    Hardware | MOVIE REVIEW

    In this ultraviolent horror show, a nuclear holocaust has incinerated most of the world and left New York looking even grungier than usual. Jill, a sculptor played by Stacey Travis, has to check visitors to her apartment...

    September 14, 1990 4:30 PM ET
  • State of Grace

    State of Grace | MOVIE REVIEW

    New York's Hell's Kitchen has served as the scene for gangland movies since the days of the Dead End Kids. But recent urban renewal has broken up most of the old gangs and increased the viciousness of...

    September 14, 1990 4:05 PM ET
  • Postcards from the Edge

    Postcards from the Edge | MOVIE REVIEW

    In her first novel, 'Postcards From the Edge,' Carrie Fisher showed how famous parents, plus lovers, shrinks, drugs and a career in the shadows, nearly finished a fictional actress named Suzanne Vale. That Fisher, the actress daughter...

    September 12, 1990 4:15 PM ET
  • 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