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Hudson Hawk

Bruce Willis, Danny Aiello, Andie MacDowell

Directed by: Michael Lehmann

Call it 'Hudson the Duck.' A movie this unspeakably awful can make an audience a little crazy. You want to throw things, yell at the actors, beg them to stop. But the film drags on, digging horrible memories into the brain – like Bruce Willis and Danny Aiello's singing. Willis, in the title role, plays a cat burglar just out of jail and back on the job with his friend Tommy Messina (Aiello). They pride themselves on completing a museum robbery in the exact time it takes t... | More »

Only the Lonely

John Candy, Maureen O'Hara, Ally Sheedy

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Danny Muldoon (John Candy), a good-slob Chicago cop, lives with his widowed mother, Rose (a misused Maureen O'Hara), a sharp-tongued Irish immigrant who ties her apron strings around Danny like a noose. So there's trouble when Danny starts showing an interest in Theresa (Ally Sheedy), a shy mortician's daughter. Producer John Hughes and director Chris Columbus – reteaming after their Home Alone high – hit bottom this time. Columbus's sterile script turns Danny... | More »

Truly, Madly, Deeply

Juliet Stevenson, Alan Rickman, Jenny Howe

Directed by: Anthony Minghella

Think of this persuasively acted British romance as the thinking man's Ghost. Juliet Stevenson stars as Nina, a woman who cannot accept the accidental death of her musician lover Jamie, played by Alan Rickman (Die Hard). Her grief so disrupts her life, her friendships and her work that she seeks out a therapist. Isolated in her flat, she is visited by her lover's spirit. She's delighted at first, but then he starts complaining about the cold and the food. He even invites in ot... | More »

Thelma & Louise

Susen Sarandon, Geena Davis, Brad Pitt, Harvey Keitel, Christopher McDonald

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Call it a comedy of shocking gravity. Thelma & Louise begins like an episode of I Love Lucy and ends with the impact of Easy Rider. It's a bumpy path between those points, and director Ridley Scott (Black Rain) and first-time screenwriter Callie Khouri don't cushion the ride. The film switches moods violently, and sometimes it just jerks your chain. But this is movie dynamite, detonated by award-caliber performances from Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon in the title roles. Davis ... | More »

May 19, 1991

An Angel at My Table

Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson

Directed by: Jane Campion

New Zealand Director Jane Campion follows her smash 1989 debut, Sweetie – a lacerating study of madness – with this more conventional but no less moving exploration of the same theme. Based on the life of the celebrated New Zealand author and poet Janet Frame, the film – originally planned as a miniseries – is divided into three sections that correspond with the three volumes of Frame's autobiography. Campion and writer Laura Jones (High Tide) stick to the book&#... | More »

May 17, 1991

Tatie Danielle

Tsilla Chelton, Catherine Jacob, Isabelle Nanty

Directed by: √Čtienne Chatiliez

You may think twice about helping old ladies cross the street after seeing this fiendishly funny swat at bad senior citizenship from director Etienne Chatiliez and writer Florence Quentin, who previously collaborated on the darkly droll Life Is a Long Quiet River. The aged widow Danielle Billard is called Tatie (an affectionate French term for "aunt") by her nephew Jean-Pierre (Eric Prat), his wife, Catherine (Catherine Jacob), and their two sons when they make semiannual forays from their Pa... | More »

May 10, 1991

F/X 2

Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Rachel Ticotin

Directed by: Richard Franklin

The original 'F/X' failed to make a dent at the box office in 1986. But cable TV and video soon created a loyal cult following for the movie, in which an F/X (special effects) wiz named Rollie Tyler (Bryan Brown) gets hired to fake the assassination of a mobster and ends up being pursued by killers and conniving detective Leo McCarthy (Brian Dennehy). A sequel was inevitable. Though the usual disappointment sets in quickly, it's not crushing. F/X 2 delivers a fair share of act... | More »

Switch

Ellen Barkin, Jimmy Smits, JoBeth Williams

Directed by: Blake Edwards

Though Ellen Barkin squanders her fierce intelligence and hot-babe allure trying to squeeze laughs out of this limp farce, her efforts are a welcome relief from the sexist japes and sight gags doled out by writer-director Blake Edwards. The plot, about a stud named Steve (Perry King) who is murdered and reincarnated as a woman (Barkin), borrows from the inexplicable hit Ghost and cribs enough from the justifiable flop Goodbye Charlie to qualify as a remake. The latter was a 1964 Vincente Minn... | More »

Truth Or Dare

Madonna, Donna Delory, Niki Harris, Luis Camacho, Oliver Crumes

Directed by: Alek Keshishian

Whatever you think of this hot-to-shock documentary, which tracks Madonna on and off the stage during her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour, don't call it "neat." That's the word Kevin Costner uses when complimenting Madonna backstage in L.A. Hearing such a candy-assed adjective for the two-hour assault of energy and hightech flash that is her act sends the diva into jerk alert. In a pure Madonna moment, she sticks two fingers down her throat and pretends to barf. Costner slinks out of... | More »

May 9, 1991

Truth or Dare

Madonna, Donna DeLory, Niki Harris

Directed by: Alek Keshishian, Mark Aldo Miceli

Whatever You Think of this hot-to-shock documentary, which tracks Madonna on and off the stage during her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour, don't call it "neat." That's the word Kevin Costner uses when complimenting Madonna backstage in L.A. Hearing such a candy-assed adjective for the two-hour assault of energy and high-tech flash that is her act sends the diva into jerk alert. In a pure Madonna moment, she sticks two fingers down her throat and pretends to barf. Costner slinks out o... | More »

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