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Stephen Hunter
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 56% Legends of the Fall (1994) It's a big movie that's so small on the inside it's not there. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 2, 2014
2.5/4 76% White Men Can't Jump (1992) [White Men Can't Jump is] like a game of pick-up basketball: it's intense, raggedy and explosive, now and then yielding moments of sheer gravity-defying grace, yet just as capable of producing air balls and pratfalls. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 2, 2014
2.5/4 38% The Lawnmower Man (1992) As a visual adventure, The Lawnmower Man is great fun. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 1, 2014
2.5/4 80% Seven (Se7en) (1995) The investigation and the clues that lead to the murderer are well thought out and continually provocative. As a narrative, the film is quite involving. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Mar 25, 2014
3/4 85% Bottle Rocket (1996) It's a little chaotic but director Wes Anderson and his young stars Owen C. Wilson (who co-wrote with Anderson), Luke Wilson and Bob Musgrave have a gift for the human comedy. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Mar 4, 2014
92% Shakespeare in Love (1998) It restores to centrality of consciousness one of the great geniuses of our civilization. It makes us care for his greatness, for his passion, for his worth. In no uncertain terms, it tells us Willie Boy is still here. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 11, 2014
3.5/4 93% Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin shi nan nu) (1994) This film is stunningly involving, and it just races along from revelation to revelation. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Feb 10, 2014
3/4 88% Chasing Amy (1997) Affleck and Lee have a great comic thing going on. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3/4 95% Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) The movie dazzles with its slick lines, but there's a situational intelligence at play too. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3/4 75% Ransom (1996) Howard directs for speed and force. The movie moves so quickly it yanks you by too many niggling doubts and the action scenes are so good that you wonder why Opie hasn't shown this much vicious pizazz before. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jan 22, 2014
3/4 72% Forrest Gump (1994) Hanks is brilliant in evoking Forrest's good-heartedness; he cannot really perceive evil in men, and yet he is so untainted by bigotry or ideology that he makes the perfect witness. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jan 7, 2014
4/4 84% The English Patient (1996) As a love story and an adventure story, The English Patient is the fastest, most powerful two hours and 40 minutes this year. It's terrific. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jan 6, 2014
2.5/4 71% The Ref (1994) The trouble with The Ref is that it keeps running out of steam, so it seems to develop a new plot wrinkle every seven minutes. Typically, it'll run through the new idea until it runs out of steam again, then invents yet another one. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Dec 6, 2013
2.5/4 87% A Midnight Clear (1992) "In combat, confusion is normal," an Army manual helpfully pointed out in World War II. That same confusion seems to have infected A Midnight Clear. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Dec 4, 2013
3/4 80% While You Were Sleeping (1995) It's a long and frustrating wait, but While You Were Sleeping delivers all you can ask of a romantic comedy: the deluxe payoff. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Dec 4, 2013
3/4 94% The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Macabre and astonishing. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Dec 3, 2013
92% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999) Miyazaki's hordes of animators haven't penetrated beyond the skin; the moving creatures feel inarticulate and jerky, almost weightless, particularly when played against painterly background mattes. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 27, 2013
3/4 89% Delicatessen (1992) The movie, take it from me, is a lot more fun to sit through than to describe in a single sentence. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Nov 21, 2013
4/4 93% Beauty and the Beast (1991) It is the most dynamic animated film ever made, and the prance of its camera, the sense of penetration into its action, the brilliantly paced editing pyrotechnics give it a crackle of life far more abundant than any feature that's come before. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Nov 20, 2013
2.5/4 80% The City of Lost Children (La Cité des Enfants Perdus) (1995) The production values are extraordinary. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Nov 20, 2013
3.5/4 94% Aladdin (1992) It's shallow as a puddle, but lots o' fun. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Nov 19, 2013
2/4 91% Nobody's Fool (1994) The movie feels oddly phony from its very core outward. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Oct 29, 2013
2.5/4 47% My Fellow Americans (1996) If My Fellow Americans had ever decided which movie it wanted to be, it might have been pretty good. As it is, the good half and the bad half all but cancel each other out. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Oct 22, 2013
1/4 79% Scream (1996) The movie's only wrinkle is that it is, in a crude fashion, post-modernist. Pardon me while I alert the media. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Oct 6, 2013
93% Out of Sight (1998) Clooney is the most impressive he's been on film. Jack Foley feels real, not like some Hollywood improvisation. Foley is charming, handsome, graceful, cultured, energetic and disciplined. He just can't stop committing crimes. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 4, 2013
2.5/4 69% Cliffhanger (1993) The movie could also use more zing in its writing. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Aug 3, 2013
92% Saving Private Ryan (1998) Searing, heartbreaking, so intense it turns your body into a single tube of clenched muscle, this is simply the greatest war movie ever made, and one of the great American movies. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 2, 2013
3/4 94% Dave (1993) Reitman keeps coming up with bouncy new directions to take the somewhat predictable material, greatly helped by Kline's bounce. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Aug 2, 2013
92% Face/Off (1997) Almost indefensibly violent, the film is one of those whirligigs of wit, barbaric energy, blood spatters and firepower that will be adored by the morally retarded among us -- like me -- and loathed by the morally superior. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 2, 2013
3/4 95% Unforgiven (1992) High Noon it isn't; it's more like the darkest midnight of the American soul. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Aug 2, 2013
2.5/4 96% Supercop (1996) By its second half, Supercop cranks up into such an extravaganza of fighting, blowing things up, spin-kicking, punch throwing and death-defying that it all but takes your breath out of your lungs and packs it up for shipment to Hong Kong. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3/4 92% The Lion King (1994) Although it's state of the art, one might say that in terms of its values, it's the best animated film of the 19th century. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3.5/4 95% Apollo 13 (1995) This stuff works so well because the production is so convincing. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3.5/4 95% In the Line of Fire (1993) It just builds, relationship by relationship, detail by detail, clever stroke by clever stroke, taking you in and making you its own. It ought to wear a sign: Danger. Professionals At Work. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3.5/4 96% What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993) It's an astonishing movie, first because despite the pathology of the relationship, it's not only about victimization; it's a celebration of spirit, both religious and human, about a woman who finally found the guts (and the faith) to say "No more." ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jul 29, 2013
3/4 96% The Fugitive (1993) The Fugitive runs hard and true the whole way through. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jul 29, 2013
1.5/4 16% The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) Call it Bonfire of the Calamities. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 28, 2013
3.5/4 90% Reservoir Dogs (1992) Reservoir Dogs is hideously ugly in its materials, but in the sure way it's made and the vividness of the performances, it's a thing of beauty. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 26, 2013
2/4 85% Safe (1995) Frequently fascinating, it never builds into anything profound. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 24, 2013
29% Popcorn (1989) The festival structure gives director Mark Herrier a chance to parody the delirious contrivances of '50s black and white horror to some effect, but the mock scenes are never as funny as the real thing. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 20, 2013
3.5/4 88% The Usual Suspects (1995) It may ultimately make sense; no one could tell without at least four or five viewings. What is totally commanding, however, is the level of ensemble acting [and] the adroitness of the storytelling. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 18, 2013
2/4 8% Spy Hard (1996) The result is 80 brief minutes of movie skits assembled in an order that sort of resembles a plot. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 14, 2013
2/4 7% The Next Karate Kid (1994) Amid its familiar banalities and formula twists, The Next Karate Kid comes up with one new idea for dealing with difficult American teen-agers: ship 'em off to a Buddhist monastery for two weeks! ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 14, 2013
2/4 10% House Arrest (1996) Only Pollak and Curtis create any semblance of character in this tapestry of stereotype, but the movie doesn't give them enough to do as the louder idiots take to the fore with clumsily imagined escape gambits. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 14, 2013
68% Point Break (1991) Did a dry California wind scramble the script as they moved into the third act? Did the tape recorder go on the blitz at the story conferences? Was there a fire in the editing room? ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 13, 2013
40% Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill (1994) Excuse me, is this any lesson for kids? Hey, kids, if you dream hard enough, mythical heroes will step out of your fantasies and help defeat your enemies with fancy gunplay. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 13, 2013
1/4 11% Father Hood (1993) The terrible problem with "Father Hood" is that no one involved seemed to have any idea of what kind of movie it should be, and one feels their conflicting visions at play throughout. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 13, 2013
13% Mannequin 2: On the Move (1991) The plot is the same, only dumber. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 5, 2013
1/4 15% North (1994) Unfunny. Boring. Endless. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 5, 2013
1/4 15% 3 Ninjas Kick Back (1994) Loud, callow, jejune, infantile, puerile and annoying as hell. ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 4, 2013