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He Said, She Said

Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth Perkins, Nathan Lane

Directed by: Ken Kwapis, Marisa Silver

Diverting performances from Elizabeth Perkins and Kevin Bacon keep this gimmicky battle of the sexes from sinking to the cringe level, but it's nip and tuck all the way. First-time screenwriter Brian Hohlfeld developed the idea with two of his friends, directors Marisa Silver (Old Enough) and Ken Kwapis (Vibes). In asking about their relationship, Hohlfeld heard divergent stories and thought that a movie made from two points of view might be fun, with Silver directing the woman's si... | More »

He Said, She Said

Sharon Stone, Kevin Bacon, Nathan Lane

Directed by: Ken Kwapis

Diverting performances from Elizabeth Perkins and Kevin Bacon keep this gimmicky battle of the sexes from sinking to the cringe level, but it's nip and tuck all the way. First-time screenwriter Brian Hohlfeld developed the idea with two of his friends, directors Marisa Silver (Old Enough) and Ken Kwapis (Vibes). In asking about their relationship, Hohlfeld heard divergent stories and thought that a movie made from two points of view might be fun, with Silver directing the woman's si... | More »

February 14, 1991

The Silence of the Lambs

Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

The superbly crafted suspense thriller that director Jonathan Demme has made from Thomas Harris's taut best-selling novel The Silence of the Lambs slams you like a sudden blast of bone-chilling, pulse-pounding terror. Clarice Starling, played with heartfelt tenacity by Jodie Foster, is an FBI trainee on the trail of a serial killer. Her search ends in the suburban home of dressmaker Jame Gumb (Ted Levine). It is Gumb's cellar workshop – the place where he shoots and skins his ... | More »

February 8, 1991

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Gary Oldman, Tim Roth, Richard Dreyfuss

Directed by: Tom Stoppard

The word games in Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead have a collegiate cheekiness. The Czech-born British playwright was only in his twenties when he wrote R&G in 1964. In making Rosencrantz and Guildenstern – two minor characters in Hamlet – the center of a play about the tricks of fate, Stoppard mixed the poetic melodrama of Shakespeare with the doom-laden minimalism of Samuel Beckett and topped it with the slapstick of the Marx Brothers. R&G won ... | More »

Sleeping with the Enemy

Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Kevin Anderson

Directed by: Joseph Ruben

Julia Roberts, a beauty who can also act, is one of the best things in recent movies. By my count she hasn't made a really good movie yet, though watching her wait tables in Mystic Pizza, die with dignity in Steel Magnolias, shop till she drops in Pretty Woman or practice New Age medicine in Flatliners provides blissful compensation while we wait. But don't get your hopes up about Sleeping With the Enemy. Scripted by Oscar winner Ron Bass (Rain Man) and directed by the skilled Josep... | More »

L.A. Story

Steve Martin, Victoria Tennant, Richard E. Grant

Directed by: Mick Jackson

Valentine's Day is upon us, time again to recoil from the hard-sell merchandising of love, sweet love. Witness six new movies about relationships. All of them are comedies, which says a lot about sex in the Nineties. The better ones temper the jokes with a twist of irony, which brings us to L.A. Story, written by and starring Steve Martin. This movie triangle of a man, a woman and a city is being touted as the West Coast version of Woody Allen's 1979 classic Manhattan. Not quite. A... | More »

February 1, 1991

Book of Love

Chris Young, Keith Coogan, Aeryk Egan

Directed by: Robert Shaye

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 played by Chris Young), is getting a date for the prom and, of course, getting laid. Jack's dream girl is Lily (Josie Bissett), a blond tease attached to the beefy school thug Angelo Gabooch (Beau Dremann). So Jack spends time goofing off with his buddies Crutch (Keith Coogan) and Floyd (... | More »

Queens Logic

Kevin Bacon, Linda Fiorentino, John Malkovich

Directed by: Steve Rash

This one had promise. A Wedding in Queens reunites five guys from the old neighborhood. Dennis (Kevin Bacon) has been in L.A. scrounging for jobs as a musician; Vinnie (Tony Spiridakis) is struggling as an actor in Manhattan; Al (Joe Mantegna) stayed in Queens, married Carla (Linda Fiorentino) and now runs a fish company and chases babes – Grace (Jamie Lee Curtis) is his latest; Eliot (John Malkovich) is a homosexual who works for Al; and Ray (Ken Olin) is an artist who dreams of workin... | More »

January 25, 1991

Too Much Sun

Allan Arbus, Robert Downey Jr., Howard Duff

Directed by: Robert Downey Sr.

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 arranged for the church to inherit the Rivers fortune unless Sonny or Bitsy can produce a child by natural means in a year. The snag is that Sonny and Bitsy are gay. But they're also determined to meet the challenge, much to the horror of their respective lover... | More »

January 18, 1991

Cadence

Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Laurence Fishburne

Directed by: Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen makes his directing debut with this military drama mixed with laughs. It isn't awful — just bland, which is worse. Set on an army base in West Germany in the Sixties, the film stars Sheen as Sergeant Otis McKinney, a hard-ass combat vet in charge of the work-camp stockade. His new prisoner, the rebellious Private Franklin F. Bean — played by Charlie Sheen, the director's son — is a real disciplinary challenge. To teach Bean a lesson, the racist McKinne... | More »

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