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  • 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
  • The Unbelievable Truth

    The Unbelievable Truth | MOVIE REVIEW

    Here's a typical dialogue exchange from this unwieldy but wildly hilarious black comedy. Pearl: "Josh seems like a nice man." Audry: "After he killed your father and sister and all?" Pearl: "People make mistakes." For his feature-film...

    July 20, 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 12:00 AM ET
  • Quick Change

    Quick Change | MOVIE REVIEW

    Bill Murray dresses up as a clown to take hostages and rob a New York bank. Funny? Guess again. As star, coproducer and codirector (with screenwriter Howard Franklin), Murray must take a good chunk of the blame...

    July 13, 1990 12:02 PM ET
  • Ghost

    Ghost | MOVIE REVIEW

    Jerry Zucker has directed films (Airplane!, Ruthless People) in tandem with his brother David and their friend Jim Abrahams, but now Jerry's going solo. He says the Bruce Joel Rubin screenplay for Ghost — about the love...

    July 13, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Die Hard 2

    Die Hard 2 | MOVIE REVIEW

    "How does the same shit happen to the same guy twice?" asks Detective John McClane, the heroic smartass New York cop played with winning bravado by Bruce Willis. Simple. If your movie's a hit, as the first...

    July 4, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Days of Thunder

    Days of Thunder | MOVIE REVIEW

    Producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer have raised formula films to a science. Take a star — it could be Beverly Hills cop Eddie Murphy, but here it's the producers' top gun, Tom Cruise — mix in...

    June 27, 1990 12:04 PM ET
  • May Fools

    May Fools | MOVIE REVIEW

    In a large, slightly run-down villa in the French countryside, Madame Vieuzac (Paulette Dubost) prepares a meal for her sixtyish son Milou (Michel Piccoli), who is tending beehives in the garden. On the radio an announcer speaks...

    June 22, 1990 2:00 PM ET
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