3488 items by Peter Travers

  • 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
  • Robocop 2

    Robocop 2 | MOVIE REVIEW

    It's difficult to imagine a summer film programmed more cynically than this repugnant sequel. Three years ago, director Paul Verhoeven made something vividly satirical and scary with the futuristic tale of Alex J. Murphy (Peter Weller), a...

    June 22, 1990 12:04 PM ET
  • Dick Tracy

    Dick Tracy | MOVIE REVIEW

    After all the hype, the movie of Dick Tracy turns out to be a great big beautiful bore. Many viewers (myself excluded) felt the same thing about Batman, last year's box-office biggie, with which Tracy shares more...

    June 15, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired

    How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired | MOVIE REVIEW

    Despite the teaser title, this is not a racist porn film. Haw to Make Love is based on an acclaimed semi-autobiographical novel by Dany Laferrière, a Haitian journalist who immigrated to Montreal in 1978. Laferrière -- like...

    June 8, 1990 2:05 PM ET
  • Total Recall

    Total Recall | MOVIE REVIEW

    Early in this jolting, jumbo-budgeted ($62 million) futuristic thriller, Arnold Schwarzenegger jams a nasty pair of pliers up his nose and yanks out a brain implant that looks like a metal golf ball. That Ah-nold, he sure...

    June 1, 1990 2:35 PM ET
  • Alligator Eyes

    Alligator Eyes | MOVIE REVIEW

    Though this thriller never lives up to its potential, it gets off to a scorching start. Three New York friends drive south for a vacation. Robbie (Roger Kabler) has just split up with his girl, while Lance...

    June 1, 1990 11:30 AM ET
  • Back to the Future Part III

    Back to the Future Part III | MOVIE REVIEW

    It looked like a dream deal. Instead of just one sequel to Back to the Future -- the smash 1985 fantasy that raked in $358 million -- how about two sequels, shot back to back and released...

    May 25, 1990 1:55 PM ET
  • Jesus of Montreal

    Jesus of Montreal | MOVIE REVIEW

    Nominated for an Oscar this year as Best Foreign Film, this Canadian gem, from writer-director Denys Arcand (The Decline of the American Empire), is a sharply perceptive satire of modern Christianity. Father Leclerc (Gilles Pelletier), a Catholic...

    May 25, 1990 1:05 PM ET
  • Cadillac Man

    Cadillac Man | MOVIE REVIEW

    Another exhibit to prove the dire state of film humor is this hostage comedy – how's that for a contradiction in terms? – about a jealous husband who threatens to blow up a luxury-car showroom in Queens....

    May 18, 1990 1:30 PM ET
  • Bird on a Wire

    Bird on a Wire | MOVIE REVIEW

    If Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn can keep this conspicuously stupid action farce aloft at the box office for more than a few weeks, they probably deserve their inflated star salaries. It took three writers (David Seltzer,...

    May 18, 1990 1:20 PM ET
  • Strapless

    Strapless | MOVIE REVIEW

    Two Vibrant American Sisters share a flat in England: It sounds like the premise for a frothy farce. But in the hands of British writer-director David Hare (Wetherby), it becomes a moral fable of resonant complexity. The...

    May 18, 1990 12:40 PM ET
  • White Hunter, Black Heart

    White Hunter, Black Heart | MOVIE REVIEW

    It's a shock at first to see the usually stoic Clint Eastwood sporting a scarf and a huge grin while calling people "Dear." But this provocative and entertaining film, directed by and starring Eastwood, is all about...

    May 16, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Class of 1999

    Class of 1999 | MOVIE REVIEW

    This SCI-FI swill is the brain-child of director Mark L. Lester (Class of 1984), who says it's really about "kids and the future of urban public education." No, it's not. It's about kids and teachers kicking ass...

    May 11, 1990 12:55 PM ET
  • Longtime Companion

    Longtime Companion | MOVIE REVIEW

    Funny, Touching and Vital, Longtime Companion is the best American movie so far this year. It is also, astonishingly, the first major feature to detail the gay community's battle against the AIDS epidemic. The disease has been...

    May 11, 1990 12:45 PM ET