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Hal Hinson

Hal Hinson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
88% Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) Martin, the most eloquent of physical clowns -- the Baryshnikov of comedy -- is at his most inspired here. He parodies feelings, attitudes, states of mind that one would think were exempt from it, and his caricature of dapper suavity is killingly precise. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
39% Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987) Hard to classify; at times you laugh raucously at what's up on the screen; at others you stare dumbly, in stunned amazement. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
71% Father of the Bride (1991) [A] slight but delightfully sweet-natured new comedy starring Steve Martin. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
5/5 90% Reservoir Dogs (1992) It's brutal, it's funny and you won't forget it. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
27% Harlem Nights (1989) Once there was Freddy. Once there was Chuckie and Jason and Howard the Duck. Now there is the scariest of them all. Now there is Harlem Nights. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
73% The Addiction (1995) Unfortunately, it's so dark -- and impenetrable -- that it shuts us out. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
40% Young Guns (1988) They behave as if our adoration were their birthright. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% Tampopo (1985) It's half movie, half dessert-topping -- a film gourmand's lusty dream. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
72% Sleepless in Seattle (1993) We fall -- and I think a lot of people will fall hard for this movie -- even though we know we shouldn't. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
96% Raise the Red Lantern (Da hong deng long gao gao gua) (1992) The story never amounts to much more than a rather tepid Chinese rendition of The Women. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
90% The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) Greenaway, the bemused, coolly ironic truth-teller, has painted a cruel portrait for a cruel time. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
6% Mobsters (1991) The whole movie seems to be about hair, slicked-back hair, hair so meticulously coifed and lacquered that bullets would bounce off of it. Your first thought is that the budget for mousse must have climbed into the zillions. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
50% Above the Law (1988) Woefully short on originality, intelligibility and anything resembling taste. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
37% Something to Talk About (1995) The ending is still pat, with lots of reasons for optimism, but Something is not as neatly -- or falsely -- resolved as most Hollywood films. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
55% Mallrats (1995) A disjointed but infectious series of comic vignettes, toilet humor, practical jokes, sight gags, even a sort of grunge variation on Keystone Kops slapstick. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
85% Slacker (1991) This is a work of scatterbrained originality, funny, unexpected and ceaselessly engaging. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
64% Demolition Man (1993) Basically, Demolition Man is a futuristic cop picture with slightly more imagination and wit than the typical example of the slash-and-burn genre. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
82% Barcelona (1994) Stillman pulls confident, polished performances from all his actors. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
68% Jeffrey (1995) While this may sound intriguing, the picture merely jumps around clumsily from incident to incident. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
98% Hoop Dreams (1994) The most powerful movie about sports ever made. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
7% Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987) This is a movie that doesn't just make you feel dumb, it makes you feel as if your head has been hollowed out and pumped full of Cheez Whiz. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
21% Amos & Andrew (1993) A very funny little film with big pleasures, and a most promising debut. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
92% Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) A riotously springy holiday knockabout. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
25% Just Cause (1995) The longer you stay with it, the more routine and uninspired it seems -- not to mention cowardly. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
69% Coming to America (1988) In Landis' hands, the film doesn't live up to even the meagerest of expectations. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
53% Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) A masterpiece of stupid. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
18% If Lucy Fell (1996) If Lucy Fell should be a chore, and yet I kept catching myself having a good time. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
47% The Doom Generation (1995) An arty atrocity for thugs and sub-literates that makes Natural Born Killers look like The Sound of Music. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
36% The Net (1995) The story is standard issue pepped up with a sampling of smart computer talk to give the impression the characters know what they're talking about. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
88% Living in Oblivion (1995) So you wanna make a movie? Well, first, you should see "Living in Oblivion," Tom DiCillo's savagely funny satire of the world of independent filmmaking. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
62% Red Heat (1988) Right off the assembly line. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
56% Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) Yes, there is a shot of Mel Gibson's bum, and, no, director-producer Richard Donner still hasn't learned the first thing about directing action so that it has any coherence or beauty. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
88% Near Dark (1987) Bigelow has cross-bred vampire legends, westerns and biker movies to arrive at a combination that's both outrageous and poetic; it has extravagant, bloody thrills plus something else -- something that comes close to genuine emotion. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
18% Camp Nowhere (1994) It's sweet, likable and even vaguely hip. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
12% Down Periscope (1996) More laid-back here than he is on television, Grammer seems to barely break a sweat. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
21% The Jetsons (1990) Jetsons: The Movie is nothing less than a master plan for Utopia. Your children may never be the same. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
7% Mixed Nuts (1994) Is there anything more excruciating than failed farce? ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
74% Back to the Future Part III (1990) Divinely frivolous, nearly perfect fun. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
76% Hamlet (1990) There's nothing embarrassing about Zeffirelli's brisk new version, nor anything particularly remarkable; it's an entirely credible, middle-of-the-road production. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
77% The Hidden (1987) Its virtues are ones that you almost never encounter in movies of this sort; it's really a unique little item -- if there's such a thing as punk soulfulness, then this movie has it. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
0% Jaws: The Revenge (1987) After Steven Spielberg's original, which combined shock effects with comedy and grand sea adventure touches, the series has degenerated into your basic fish-bites-man story, with very few imaginative wrinkles. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
55% So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993) It doesn't help matters much that director Thomas Schlamme pays homage to great marital murder mysteries of the past, mostly because the attempts to borrow from the classics are so halfhearted. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
13% Mo' Money (1992) The movie is described as an "action-comedy-romance," but it fails to work as any of the three. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
79% Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) Ultimately, Davies' choices have a powerful cumulative effect. In the latter section, he achieves a transporting poignancy of feeling. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
98% The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Has an excoriating, destabilizing wit that seems as knowingly sophisticated today as it must have then. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
26% Born Yesterday (1993) In old Hollywood, style could make up for a lack of substance, but this remake is without either. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
82% Federal Hill (1994) Though Corrente, who wrote, produced and directed this debut feature, displays a sure, confident hand, his style and sensibility aren't singular enough to make this collection of behavioral details feel original. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
34% She's Having a Baby (1988) The dilemmas faced by the characters on screen have no greater urgency than those faced by the actors in television commercials. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
92% Prick Up Your Ears (1987) The filmmakers have shown great intellectual taste. But it's not the kind of taste that's illuminating. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
32% Sgt. Bilko (1996) Martin's aggrieved expressions and sublime physical bits are constantly entertaining. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000