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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 98% The Vanishing (Spoorloos) (1988) The Vanishing is about the power of the mind to propel its subjects along unbelievable trajectories, into risks beyond knowing, in a quest for the most disturbing of knowledge. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Oct 19, 2016
69% Antonia (Antonia's Line) (1995) The movie has the feel and flow of magic realism, and brilliant performances by Willeke van Ammelooy as the Earth Mother Antonia and Els Dottermans as her lesbian daughter are extremely vivid. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Oct 4, 2016
3.5/4 92% Howards End (1992) Ivory, working from a script by his longtime collaborator Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, has great relish in noting the smug tics in the Wilcoxes and the insipid delusions in the Schlegels. It's quietly savage. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Aug 24, 2016
3/4 96% Boyz n the Hood (1991) It's a terrific movie. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Aug 1, 2016
2/4 38% Pure Country (1992) If Strait weren't so appealing, the movie would be easier to dismiss. Let's hope it does well enough to give him a second shot and that maybe he can find something a little bit less Vegas and a little bit more East Texas. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted May 18, 2016
2.5/4 79% Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1994) Beautifully mounted and shot, "Rudyard Kipling's 'Jungle Book' " still feels somewhat callow. Its title aside, it never really deals with the issues that the great Kipling raised continually in his distinguished body of work. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 15, 2016
51% The World Is Not Enough (1999) Worst of all is a ride through the pipeline in some kind of vague contrivance that looks like the pneumatic tubes from old-time newsrooms when they sent remakes down to composing in the last few minutes before deadline. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 2, 2015
2/4 78% GoldenEye (1995) What we're left with is a kind of monotonous ordeal by muzzle blast that eventually numbs us. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Oct 28, 2015
2.5/4 62% Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1993) Johnson makes Chantel so vivid with life, so utterly without artifice, she draws you in and makes you believe, not only in Chantel's self but in her soul. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Sep 28, 2015
2/4 30% Hocus Pocus (1993) As Shakespeare would have certainly written if he'd been on the movie beat, "Double, double toil and trouble, movie stink and critic bubble/'Hocus Pocus' has no focus/has no rhyme, has no reason/ and is... out of season." ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Aug 15, 2015
69% Brothers in Arms (2003) Will this film do Kerry any good, or the Swifties any harm? My bet is: Not a bit, one way or the other. ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 5, 2015
3.5/4 81% Jungle Fever (1991) Jungle Fever is so many graceful things, so many angry things, so many truly moving things that its occasional faults are the faults of excess passion, not failure of imagination. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 21, 2015
2.5/4 89% Fresh (1994) The movie's two instincts are at complete odds with each other. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 21, 2015
3/4 83% Orlando (1992) It wanders from the frozen London of the 1600s to the battlefields of World War I and has fun all the way. You haven't seen anything like it. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Mar 23, 2015
2/4 97% The Crying Game (1992) The movie is at its stunning best as it comes to terms with the impact of its own most devious surprise... Still, at a certain point, it reverts to formula. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Mar 9, 2015
3/4 88% Naked (1993) You may feel like you need a drink and a shower when you come out of Naked, but at least you'll know you've been somewhere new. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Mar 4, 2015
74% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) It's empty of ideas, which is fine, but it's also empty of heat. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 14, 2014
3/4 81% Let Him Have It (1991) It's the kind of resonant, controlled and moving film that is all but unmakeable in America today. More's the shame. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Oct 28, 2014
85% The Sixth Sense (1999) You leave slightly asquirm. You know it will linger. It becomes a clammy, chilly movie building toward a revelation that you cannot predict. As I say: I cannot tell you. You'd hate me if I did. I can only say, don't look now, but look sometime. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 7, 2014
2.5/4 89% Light Sleeper (1992) The movie is smart and sassy and alluring. It's like a gifted impressionist updating his material with wit and brio and respect. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Sep 10, 2014
0/4 10% On Deadly Ground (1994) They may have to write a new book of Ecclesiastes to account for this one: the old "Vanity of Vanities, All is Vanity" just doesn't go far enough. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Sep 5, 2014
3/4 80% Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie is about a third as funny as it thinks it is. Still, that's pretty funny and about twice as funny as most American comedies these days. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Sep 2, 2014
2.5/4 67% Maverick (1994) Somewhere about halfway through Hour Two, you might find yourself looking at your watch and wondering, 'Like, when is this movie going to begin?' ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Sep 2, 2014
2.5/4 93% Speed (1994) Speed kills -- it kills wit, character, charm and empathy. But it does go fast. Since that is its sole reason for existence, one must say it achieves its narrow goal brilliantly. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Aug 11, 2014
2/4 21% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993) Really stupid. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Aug 6, 2014
2/4 32% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze (1991) The plot, as primitive as it is, still isn't very clear; it never acquires the spontaneity or the force of a true "story" but seems to exist mainly as a pretext for the familiar Ninja banter so beloved of the cult, as in "Cowabunga, dudes," and such forth ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Aug 6, 2014
5% The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002) The result is something quite rare in professional show business: 1 1/2 hours of pure blankness. It's there but it's not there. It is but it isn't. It has nothing to offer. It's not forgettable, really, because there's nothing to forget. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 26, 2014
2/4 6% Son of the Pink Panther (1993) What's missing? Zest, creativity, density, paprika, astonishment, speed. Most of all: speed. Slapstick is like basketball -- if it doesn't happen fast, it doesn't happen. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jul 23, 2014
0/4 7% Man Trouble (1992) It's not just bad, it's rancid. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jul 18, 2014
2/4 14% The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (1992) There is definitely a gun in Betty Lou's handbag, but is there a brain in Betty Lou's head? ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jul 11, 2014
5% The Avengers (1998) The new Avengers is dismal in dispiriting, dreary ways, and Ralph Fiennes, playing Macnee's part, is a particular disaster. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 8, 2014
3/4 20% I Love Trouble (1994) You can tell that they like each other by the way they hate each other. Shakespeare may have invented the recipe, Tracy and Hepburn may have refined it, but Nolte and Roberts certainly hold their own. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 17, 2014
2/4 54% The Doors (1991) The flaw in the film is its unrelenting tone of bombast. It never gives you a break. You ache for a moment of quietude, an escape from the lizard king's cranium. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 17, 2014
2/4 29% 3 Ninjas (1992) 3 Ninjas isn't a movie, it's a concept for a preview. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 16, 2014
39% Armageddon (1998) So predictable it could have been written by a chimp who's watched too much TV, the huge movie is as dumb as it is loud, and it's way too loud. Watching it is like putting your head in a tin washbucket while weightlifters whack it with golf clubs. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 6, 2014
99% L.A. Confidential (1997) Hanson delivers something ever rarer in film culture, not a new film noir but an old-fashioned total movie, somehow of a single piece. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 4, 2014
3/4 82% My Own Private Idaho (1991) Cracked and beautiful, stranger than strange, yet in some assuring way so pulsing with life that it embraces you as warmly as Father Knows Best. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 2, 2014
73% Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) It doesn't quite have the courage to face its own implications and so leaves the story that follows in a kind of blur apt to offend no one but equally incapable of moving anyone. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 2, 2014
2.5/4 80% Singles (1992) Infernally precious. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted May 19, 2014
3/4 46% The Babe (1992) It's a movie with a heart as big as the Babe's and a story line as untidy as his eating binges. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted May 9, 2014
46% For Love of the Game (1999) Here are two things that definitely don't go together: baseball and piano music. ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 8, 2014
97% The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (2000) It's an adroit manipulation of interviews and stock footage, mostly along the lines of establishing not so much what Hammerin' Hank did for himself, but what he meant to American Jews. ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 7, 2014
2/4 58% The Sandlot (1993) You feel as if you're being smothered in cotton candy by a director obsessed with infantility and who cannot bear to face the reality of childhood. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted May 7, 2014
1/4 4% Cool World (1992) Much ballyhooed, much-advertised, the live-action/animation feature is much disaster. Not even an animated Kim Basinger dancing the hoochie-coochie can save it from its own death-wish combination of outsized ambition and undersized budget. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted May 4, 2014
2/4 23% A Stranger Among Us (1992) If I were a rich man, I wouldn't have had to see A Stranger Among Us. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted May 3, 2014
2/4 10% Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) The movie is like an advertisement for the 19 recently banned assault weapons. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted May 2, 2014
2.5/4 85% My Cousin Vinny (1992) I don't want to oversell My Cousin Vinny. It's hardly brilliant. But it's easygoing and occasionally quite funny and ultimately satisfying. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 30, 2014
3.5/4 86% Heat (1995) This is glandular, not intellectual, movie-making but it's at the highest end of technical expressiveness. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 29, 2014
2.5/4 50% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) In the end, and only just barely, Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves delivers the goods, chiefly on the power of a thumpingly vibrant last 40 minutes and some excellent swordplay choreography. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 25, 2014
4/4 94% Fargo (1996) It's a miracle: A tough, honest, bloody film set so far from the bright lights it feels as if it's on a different planet, yet knowable and absolutely compelling from start to finish. Fargo is great American movie-making. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 21, 2014