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The Field

Richard Harris, Sean Bean, Frances Tomelty, Brenda Fricker, John Hurt

Directed by: Jim Sheridan

Writer-director Jim Sheridan seems unlikely to repeat the deserved success he won last year with My Left Foot. His new film, based on a play by John B. Keane, is as overwrought as his last one was understated. Set in Ireland in the Thirties, the film stars Richard Harris as Bull McCabe, a tenant farmer who tries to buy the field he's rented all his life from a wealthy widow (Frances Tomelty) who hates him. Tom Berenger is a rich American who wants to bury the field under concrete and bui... | More »

December 19, 1990

The Russia House

Sean Connery, Michelle Pfeiffer, Roy Scheider

Directed by: Fred Schepisi

In this laudably ambitious film version of John le Carré's labyrinthine spy novel, Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer attempt to make something sexy of moral rehabilitation. Well, if anybody can do it...Connery plays Barley Blair, a burned-out British book publisher more interested in his next bender than the global balance of power. Pfeiffer is Katya, a Soviet editor willing to risk her life to help her scientist friend Dante (Klaus Maria Brandauer) smuggle his vital notebooks to... | More »

December 14, 1990

Edward Scissorhands

Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest

Directed by: Tim Burton

Director Tim Burton's richly entertaining update of the Frankenstein story is the year's most comic, romantic and haunting film fantasy. The title character, played with touching gravity by Johnny Depp, is the handiwork of an aging inventor – Vincent Price, in a lovely cameo – who lives in a dark, musty mansion overlooking a small town of pastel-colored tract houses (exteriors were shot in Florida). Engaged in fanciful cooking experiments, the lonely inventor turns one o... | More »

Edward Scissorhands

Johnny Depp

Directed by: Tim Burton

Director Tim Burton's richly entertaining update of the Frankenstein story is the year's most comic, romantic and haunting film fantasy. The title character, played with touching gravity by Johnny Depp, is the handiwork of an aging inventor — Vincent Price, in a lovely cameo — who lives in a dark, musty mansion overlooking a small town of pastel-colored tract houses (exteriors were shot in Florida). Engaged in fanciful cooking experiments, the lonely inventor turns one of his co... | More »

December 12, 1990

The Sheltering Sky

Debra Winger, John Malkovich, Campbell Scott

Directed by: Bernardo Bertolucci

The Long-Awaited Film Version of Paul Bowles's landmark 1949 novel of an American marriage heading for oblivion in North Africa is a wincing embarrassment. The only thing director Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor) has gotten right is the atmosphere. Camera whiz Vittorio Storaro conjures up genuine drama out of sand, heat and pestilence, something Bertolucci and co-writer Mark Peploe fail to manage with the film's three main characters as they set out for the desert. John Malko... | More »

Havana

Robert Redford, Lena Olin, Alan Arkin

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

You expect more of stars Robert Redford and Lena Olin, director Sydney Pollack and a $40 million budget than an uncredited and unpalatable rehash of Casablanca. In the early days of World War II, Bogey, as an apolitical club owner, mooned over gorgeous Swede Ingrid Bergman, who was married to underground leader Paul Henried, while listening to Dooley Wilson sing "As Time Goes By." In the final days of Batista in Cuba, Redford, as an apolitical gambler, pines for gorgeous Swede Lena Olin, who ... | More »

Havana

Robert Redford

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

You expect more of stars Robert Redford and Lena Olin, director Sydney Pollack and a $40 million budget than an uncredited and unpalatable rehash of Casablanca. In the early days of World War II, Bogey, as an apolitical club owner, mooned over gorgeous Swede Ingrid Bergman, who was married to underground leader Paul Henried, while listening to Dooley Wilson sing "As Time Goes By." In the final days of Batista in Cuba, Redford, as an apolitical gambler, pines for gorgeous Swede Lena Olin, who ... | More »

December 1, 1990

Cyrano de Bergerac

Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Vincent Perez

Directed by: Jean-Paul Rappeneau

It's doubtful that you'll see two bolder screen performances this year than those given by Anjelica Huston in The Grifters and Gérard Depardieu in Cyrano de Bergerac. One role is passionate, tender, overwhelmingly romantic; the other is cool, callous, savagely pragmatic. For whatever it's worth in this postfeminist age, Huston plays the hard case. And what a hard case. Huston does more than her best acting to date in The Grifters. This tall, sharp-featured, soft-eyed da... | More »

November 30, 1990

Eating

Frances Bergen, Lisa Blake Richards, Nelly Alard

Directed by: Henry Jaglom

At their most exasperating, the films of writer-director Henry Jaglom (A Safe Place, New Year's Day) can still pull you up short with flashes of wit and insight. Eating features thirty-eight women (and no men) at a birthday party thrown by forty-year-old Helene (Lisa Richards). Martine (Nelly Alard), Helene's house guest from Paris, uses the occasion to shoot a documentary about female obsession with food. The talk soon extends to sex, love, jealousy, men and each other. This long ... | More »

The Comfort of Strangers

Christopher Walken

Directed by: Paul Schrader

Using a vaporous nighttime Venice as setting, the ever-murky Harold Pinter as adapter of Ian McEwan's novel and the sexually sinister Christopher Walken as star, director Paul Schrader (Patty Hearst, Mishima) has fashioned a film of surpassing creepiness. It's pretentious, too, and sometimes maddeningly dull. But the erotically unsettling atmosphere — exquisitely rendered by cinematographer Dante Spinotti — soon seeps in. Walken plays a Venetian aristocrat named Robert.... | More »

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