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  • Bad Influence

    Bad Influence | MOVIE REVIEW

    Alex (Rob Lowe) is urging his new pal Michael (James Spader) to vitalize a boring yuppie life. At the office, Michael is stepped on by an ambitious colleague. At home, he's dominated by a rich fiancée. Alex...

    March 9, 1990 11:20 AM ET
  • Coupe de Ville

    Coupe de Ville | MOVIE REVIEW

    It's 1963 -- a film Cliché for a more innocent time -- and the three Libner brothers are at one another's throats. Yes, it's a comedy. Air-force bully Marvin (Daniel Stern), college man Buddy (Arye Gross) and...

    March 9, 1990 10:50 AM ET
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale | MOVIE REVIEW

    Picture two beautiful women in bed with one man. The first woman -- fully clothed -- moves her legs apart. The second woman -- red gown hitched up -- lies between the other's thighs. The man --...

    March 9, 1990 10:45 AM ET
  • House Party

    House Party | MOVIE REVIEW

    Young, unheralded film talents were as plentiful as snow boots in Park City, Utah, during the ten-day Sundance United States Film Festival, which ended on January 28th. Still, the Hudlin brothers, from East St. Louis, Illinois (they...

    March 9, 1990 10:40 AM ET
  • The Hunt for Red October

    The Hunt for Red October | MOVIE REVIEW

    This just in: some audience members at the film version of Tom Clancy's best-selling submarine saga The Hunt for Red October have been spotted listing in their seats, their eyes dull and glazed. The experts are confounded....

    March 2, 1990 11:10 AM ET
  • Too Beautiful for You

    Too Beautiful for You | MOVIE REVIEW

    This cheerfully perverse french film -- a bonbon spiked with wit and malice -- starts by asking us to accept a preposterous notion: that businessman Bernard, played by the great Gerard Depardieu, would leave his gorgeous, leggy...

    March 2, 1990 10:45 AM ET
  • Cinema Paradiso

    Cinema Paradiso | MOVIE REVIEW

    There's magic, romance and fun in Italy's entry for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, which has already received the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes. This is only the second feature for writer-director Giuseppe Tornatore, known for documentaries...

    February 23, 1990 5:55 PM ET
  • Mountains of the Moon

    Mountains of the Moon | MOVIE REVIEW

    Bob Rafelson's new movie has no stars, and its subject is British colonialism. Does this maverick director harbor a box-office death wish? Since the Sixties, Rafelson has dreamed of making a film about Richard Burton and John Hanning...

    February 23, 1990 5:20 PM ET
  • Where the Heart Is

    Where the Heart Is | MOVIE REVIEW

    John Boorman has made several remarkable films, including Point Blank, Deliverance and Excalibur. Best of all is Hope and Glory, based on the writer-director's reminiscences of growing up in England during the Blitz. He's also made some...

    February 23, 1990 10:35 AM ET
  • Mountains of the Moon

    Mountains of the Moon | MOVIE REVIEW

    Bob Rafelson's new movie has no stars, and its subject is British colonialism. Does this maverick director harbor a box-office death wish? Since the Sixties, Rafelson has dreamed of making a film about Richard Burton and John Hanning...

    February 23, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Stanley & Iris

    Stanley & Iris | MOVIE REVIEW

    In the minutes before a critics' screening of Stanley & Iris, I was thumbing through the program notes and read a quote from Jane Fonda, one of the film's stars, that filled me with dread. "I'm a...

    February 9, 1990 5:40 PM ET
  • Men Don't Leave

    Men Don't Leave | MOVIE REVIEW

    p>Paul Brickman made an auspicious directing debut with Risky Business, the raunchy teen satire – also written by Brickman – that put Tom Cruise on the map. That was in 1983. Clearly Brickman takes his time deciding...

    February 2, 1990 5:50 PM ET
  • Mack the Knife

    Mack the Knife | MOVIE REVIEW

    Never mind the new title. This film is still Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera, a 1928 musical about poverty and corruption that provokes frequent reinterpretation. A recent Broadway version featured Sting as Macheath, the infamous...

    February 2, 1990 5:30 PM ET
  • Driving Miss Daisy

    Driving Miss Daisy | MOVIE REVIEW

    Alfred Uhry won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for his play about cranky Miss Daisy, a Southern Jewish widow loosely based on his own grandmother, and Hoke, her black chauffeur. Set between 1948 and 1973, the work...

    January 26, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Everybody Wins

    Everybody Wins | MOVIE REVIEW

    Prize-winning playwright Arthur Miller wrote this original script – his first since The Misfits, in 1961 – so attention must be paid. Just don't expect it to be rewarded. Miller has buried a familiar story about small-town...

    January 19, 1990 5:45 PM ET
  • Miss Firecracker

    Miss Firecracker | MOVIE REVIEW

    I mean this as a compliment: Beth Henley's characters belong to the stage; they breathe best where they can stretch out in their own crackbrained Southern Gothic theatricality. Movies tend to constrict Henley's oddballs. Remember the arid,...

    January 19, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • The Plot Against Harry

    The Plot Against Harry | MOVIE REVIEW

    It may take you a while to get your bearings while watching this hypnotically funny curio about Harry Plotnik (Martin Priest), a Jewish mobster from the Bronx trying to reclaim his numbers operation after nine months in...

    January 12, 1990 5:35 PM ET
  • Internal Affairs

    Internal Affairs | MOVIE REVIEW

    Just what we didn't need: another kick-ass cop flick in which we know the guys are macho because they rough up their wives and the gals are hot because they totter on spike heels like hookers. And...

    January 12, 1990 5:30 PM ET
  • The 10 Best Movies of 1989

    The 10 Best Movies of 1989 | ARTICLE

    1. Do the Right Thing: In his finest film yet, Spike Lee boldly provoked debate on the roots of racial violence. 2. Sex, Lies, And Videotape: Writer-director Steven Soderbergh scored the debut of the year with three hot...

    January 11, 1990 4:30 PM ET
  • Alice

    Alice | MOVIE REVIEW

    Mia Farrow Is Alice Tate, the way Diane Keaton was Annie Hall — a real-life inspiration for Woody Allen to make a romantic comedy that contrasts his urban Jewish intellectual take on sex, love, religion and death...

    January 10, 1990 12:12 PM ET
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