3488 items by Peter Travers

  • 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
  • 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...

    October 10, 1990 12:00 AM 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 8, 1990 5:15 PM ET
  • Listen Up

    Listen Up | MOVIE REVIEW

    Subtitled 'The Lives of Quincy Jones,' this earnest but needlessly jumbled documentary rounds up musical heavyweights – from Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis to Michael Jackson and Ice-T – to give the good word on Jones as...

    October 5, 1990 4:20 PM ET
  • 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