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Hal Hinson

Hal Hinson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
74% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) It is, as his films usually are, dense, complex, and challenging. It is also, sad to say, ponderous, often inscrutable, and ultimately not much fun. ‐ New Times
Posted Dec 13, 2014
67% Monanieba (Repentance) (1984) Its significance as a social and historical document far outstrips its value as art. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 26, 2014
17% Wild Wild West (1999) Those expecting the quick wit and inventiveness of the television series will certainly be disappointed, as will those who expect the hip suavity that one usually gets from any performance by Will Smith. ‐ New Times
Posted Jun 16, 2014
31% The Rookie (1990) There's even a scene in which Sheen's rich father screams, "I gave you everything you ever wanted!" To which he yells back, "You were never there for me!" Right out of Arthur Miller, isn't it? ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 27, 2014
90% Trainspotting (1996) A cocktail of scuzzy charm, nerve and despair that seduces and repulses in nearly equal proportions. It packs a jolt, all right. But it leaves you with a brutal hangover, too. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 26, 2013
20% Mister Frost (1990) Thousands of actors have played Lucifer, but none has ever given him this particular charismatic brand of idiosyncratic loopiness. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 27, 2011
79% The Birdcage (1996) If The Birdcage isn't exactly the Mike Nichols-Elaine May movie of our dreams, it does manage to transform what was formerly a campy bit of French fluff into one of the loopiest, most hysterical family-values movies ever made. ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 27, 2011
64% From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) A tired, humorless pastiche of various exploitation genres that is not the least bit imaginative in its campy deconstruction of conventions.‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 18, 2008
93% James and the Giant Peach (1996) The latest in an impressive string of first-rate movies for kids. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 3, 2008
94% Richard III (1995) In a shamelessly entertaining display of acting brilliance, McKellen 'plays' the demon's good arm as if it were a Stradivarius, executing one showy stunt after another.‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 27, 2008
96% Let's Get Lost (1989) Weber is working here out of a highly specialized interest, and what he means to say about his subject comes to us through layers of ambivalence. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 13, 2007
28% Barb Wire (1996) The movie carries its cyberpunk variation right through to the end, and usually with enough wit and craziness to freshen the mix. Then, there is Pamela, whose tight, disciplined performance deserves more respect than it will almost certainly get.‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 27, 2007
83% Emma (1996) Suddenly you remember how merciless and cutting Austen's satire can be, even in the brutal '90s. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 19, 2006
80% Casino (1995) Scorsese may be flailing here, but Scorsese flailing is more formidable than most directors at the top of their form.‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 9, 2006
75% Ambavi Suramis tsikhitsa (The Legend of the Suram Fortress) (1986) It's impossible to watch even a few feet of film by Paradjanov without acknowledging his mastery of the medium and the originality of his vision. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 7, 2005
71% Alas for Me (Helas pour moi) (2003) No one else makes films so alive with ideas or executed with as much daring, beauty or humor. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 31, 2003
95% Mala Noche (2007) This is a knockout debut. ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 24, 2003
98% The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) (2004) A glorious romantic confection unlike any other in movie history.‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 31, 2003
77% Denise Calls Up (1996) Salwen has captured and properly identified a very particular modern American species. His emergence as a filmmaker is a true event.‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 16, 2002
100% Alice (Neco z Alenky) (1988) It takes us back to a time in the history of movies when audiences responded to the images on screen with a combination of awe and fear, when in submitting to them, we felt as if we were submitting to a spell. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 20, 2002
4.5/5 95% Dead Man Walking (1995) An intelligent, balanced, devastating movie.‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 31, 2002
18% Tom and Jerry: The Movie (1992) The whole movie appears to have been run through a homogenizer. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 31, 2002
92% The Little Mermaid (1989) Even at its highest points, it cannot claim a place next to even the least of the great Disney classics. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 22, 2002
13% Fled (1996) On the whole, Baldwin seems pretty dim for a renowned cyber-anarchist. Also, he simply isn't in the same class of actor as Tony Curtis. Or Laurence Fishburne, who swaggers through this mess with his usual suave manliness. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 22, 2002
63% Mission: Impossible (1996) Humorless, charmless and flat. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 18, 2002
11% Crocodile Dundee II (1988) "'Crocodile' Dundee II" is about as laid-back a movie as you're ever likely to nap through. The actors take forever to recite their lines, and scenes unfold as if the filmmakers had rented the screen by the month. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 16, 2002
8% The Opposite Sex And How To Live With Them (1993) Everything in this feebly written (by screenwriter Noah Stern), blandly staged (by director Matthew Meshekoff) film seems to have been recycled from some earlier movie or television show. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 17, 2001
5% Bio-Dome (1996) A spoof of eco-consciousness starring one-man toxic spill Pauly Shore. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 1, 2001
75% Nixon (1995) Without question, Nixon dwarfs everything in the American cinema since Schindler's List.‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 16, 2001
94% L.A. Story (1991) If the material had been presented more insistently, it might have been insufferable, too goopy and new-age. Its modesty, though, is its prime virtue. It's breezy and light as cloud's breath -- not so much airheaded as air-hearted. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
98% The Vanishing (Spoorloos) (1988) A brilliantly crafted intellectual thriller with a spring like a trap. It carries you down with it. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
51% Ghostbusters 2 (1989) Hammered together out of the junkiest of elements, the movie rattles along with a pleasing rambunctiousness, tossing off its quips and one-liners and scoring on a remarkably high percentage of them. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
7% Problem Child 2 (1991) Junior Healy (Michael Oliver), problem child and the movies' best argument for infanticide, is back and no one is more surprised than I am. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
8% It Takes Two (1995) With their perilously wide, Walter Keane eyes, the Olsen twins are cute enough, but compared with other child performers their charms seem forced. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
88% A Perfect Candidate (1996) One of a small handful of essential films about politics in this country. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
82% Colors (1988) There's great pleasure in watching these two actors work. And Hopper, a great actor himself, knows what they need to thrive. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% La Belle Noiseuse (1991) The underlying ideas may be a little droopy, but they're staged in such exacting, private terms that they are redeemed. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
38% Beyond Rangoon (1995) An odd movie, brilliant in places, but frustrating all the same. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
78% Fatal Attraction (1987) Fatal Attraction has an inescapable pull to it; it's suffocatingly exciting. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
88% The Big Easy (1987) This is one movie that lives up to its billing; it's easy all right. Like falling off a log. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
87% Q & A (1990) Unfortunately, Lumet isn't the brawny social commentator he would like to be -- he's a Jimmy Breslin manque'. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
65% Wild At Heart (1990) For all its torrid sex play and violence, fire is precisely what Wild at Heart lacks. Instead of being wild at heart, it's empty at heart. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
88% Clerks (1994) Amateurishly acted, clumsily edited and slapped together out of what looks like surveillance camera footage, the thing bumps along not so much on talent as on audacity. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
69% Jacob's Ladder (1990) Lyne indulges more in misdirection than in direction; he's a magician turning a sleazy trick. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
38% Career Opportunities (1991) Jennifer Connelly is very easy to look at. Career Opportunities isn't. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
83% Persuasion (1995) Michell's approach to Persuasion indicates that he is the rarest of literary translators -- one who is genuinely interested in a work's themes, its characters and what the author has to say about the world in which they exist. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
64% Shag (1989) The picture is heartfelt and naive in ways that seem totally secondhand. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
83% Careful (1993) Careful, the hilariously bizarre new film from Canadian director Guy Maddin, is like some lost masterpiece from a time-warped alternative dimension -- a strange artifact that time forgot. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
96% Bullets Over Broadway (1994) The most substantive, accessible -- not to mention the funniest -- film that the prolific writer-director has made in years. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
84% Death and the Maiden (1995) The fundamental strength of Weaver's personality doesn't work here. Nor does her particular style of rage and sorrow. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000