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Rating Title/Year Author
The Things of Love (1989) Bruce C. Steele Lustily produced and enormously entertaining as a musical, the film also fleshes out the characters... EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2020
Strip Jack Naked (1991) Karl Soehnlein Peck's own experience, and eventual success, offer light and hope for all queer film to come... EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2020
Thelma & Louise (1991) Bruce C. Steele I fell in love with Susan Sarandon [in this movie]... EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2020
Something for Everyone (1970) Otis Stuart True to form, the truly subversive aspect of Something for Everyone is also its most alluring... EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2020
Nocturne (2013) Karl Soehnlein Nocturne is at times disturbing and often delightful... EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2020
Nocturne (2013) Monica Dorenkamp ...a beautifully sensuous film... EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2020
Crocodiles in Amsterdam (1990) Monica Dorenkamp Unfortunately, the promise of [Crocodiles in Amsterdam] is never realized... EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2020
Coming Out (1990) Bruce C. Steele Line up early...the film has a sharp emotional power without giving in to its own melodramatic impulses... EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2020
Looking for Langston (1988) Otis Stuart Von least the ruins that are this city, rhythmic moves, seemingly oblivious Praunheim is a genius at the subtle... EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2020
Secret Passions (1990) Peter Bowen It is not simply that the show is bad... but that it operates on bad faith. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
The Garden (1990) Karl Soehnlein The Garden is a film of many moods, alternately peaceful and disturbing, ethereal and familiar, but as with many of Jarman's films, it is also often frustratingly abstract, cryptically symbolic and resolutely self-referential. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
Longtime Companion (1990) Peter Bowen The film unfortunately tells its stories too well, ghettoizing them to a narrative that remains oblivious to its own historical groundwork. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
The Witches (1990) Madame X The movie is a delight from beginning to end, not least because women occupy center stage. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
Positive (0000) Karl Soehnlein Positive has a strong 'community' fell which makes it both humane and compelling. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
Silence = Death (1990) Karl Soehnlein Much of Silence = Death is quite moving. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
Blue Steel (1990) Monica Dorenkamp Bigelow reinforces narrative conventions even as she disrupts them. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
Red Desert (1964) Robert Hilferty For a film so controlled, you feel the blood surging just beneath the surface. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
Fun Down There (1989) Bruce C. Steele Whether because of the unreflective script or the unpolished cast, the characters don't seem to have relationships -- they barely make contact with one another. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
Tongues Untied - The Black Gay Male Experience (1989) Karl Soehnlein Watching Tongues Untied is like walking through a locked door for the first time... The tongues untied here will never be silent again. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
Cry Baby (1990) Bruce C. Steele It's not at all difficult to declare Cry-Baby the best American movie musical in recent memory. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
Pump Up the Volume (1990) Monica Dorenkamp If you don't mind (or even like) the standard teen fare that is the stuff such movies are made of, there are a couple of good reasons to see this one. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
The Freshman (1990) Bruce C. Steele Without Brando, the movie would be all gags and surfaces. But the big guy's self-parody is so charming that the whole picture resonates with his presence. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
When Harry Met Sally... (1989) Tim Allis The movie's brush strokes are bright, the finished canvas is pleasing but uninspired. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
Mo' Better Blues (1990) Monica Dorenkamp We are left with a film that could have been about so many things but ultimately isn't about much. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
A Strange Love Affair (1985) Peter Bowen Formally elegant and brilliantly shot. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
Rock Hudson (1990) Mark Gevisser A film like Rock Hudson... allows its audience to float off on the myth that all it will take to solve homophobia is self-acceptance. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
Do the Right Thing (1989) Eva Yaa Asantewaa If you think Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing is dangerous, let me ask you: Aren't the problems he addresses, and our silent neglect of them, far more dangerous? EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
Born on the Fourth of July (1989) Peter Bowen The film internalizes Cruise's acting career from beef-cake adolescent lo gung-ho patriot within the Film's plot, transforms him into a serious actor by making him at once handicapped and ugly. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
The War of the Roses (1989) Bruce C. Steele There's no foxier, more formidable screen vixen than Kathleen Turner, no better embodiment of self-deluding greed and innate sexism than Michael Douglas. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
Labyrinth of Passion (1982) Karl Soehnlein For every well-targeted comic moment there are three or four of the lowest quality. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
She-Devil (1989) Bruce C. Steele An inept, offensive mess of a comedy. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
Sweet Bird of Youth (1962) Otis Stuart The play is all broad strokes, and even worse, the film does its damndest to sanitize them. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
Rosalie Goes Shopping (1989) Bruce C. Steele [Director Percy Adlon] has faltered tremendously with Rosalie Goes Shopping. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
Maurice (1987) Peter Bowen The most stunning example of such a persistently ambiguous vision, which is often about the inability to express or even know one's desire, is Maurice... If the film is slow and confusing, its confusion is inherent in attempts to represent gay sexuality. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
Cinema Paradiso (1988) Bruce C. Steele It's another clean, colorful community with an unreal sense of vitality, everyone playing a comfortable role in the neat storyline. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
Roger & Me (1989) Bruce C. Steele [Michael Moore] made his point by making a terrifically enjoyable, provocative film. Beyond that, he couldn't care less what anyone else thinks. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
Sweetie (1989) Monica Dorenkamp The film becomes more and more of a Freudian fantasy that ultimately only reinforces Images of women as inevitably repressed and borderline hysterical. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
Gone With the Wind (1939) Otis Stuart True to the book, the film of Gone With The Wind is held together by its heroine. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
Born on the Fourth of July (1989) Otis Stuart This is not the boy next door. Maybe it never was. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) Peter Bowen A terribly beautiful film... [that] makes one at times almost forget the simultaneously banal and and violent lives which the film remembers. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
True Love (1989) Peter Bowen True Love renders this Iocal community at once strangely familiar and and culturally foreign. Under the scrutiny of such an ethnographic gaze, perhaps it is not so bad remaining invisible. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
Steel Magnolias (1989) Bruce C. Steele Let's be frank. You don't go to a movie like this unless you're looking for quick laughs and cheap tears, or the next camp classic. (This isn't It.) EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
Mala Noche (1986) Karl Soehnlein Though definitely not PC, Mala Noche is oddly sexually liberting. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
Immediate Family (1989) Bruce C. Steele Their willful exploitation of a young woman in financial straits struck me as pathetic, particularly since the Masterson character is as full of life and passion as the yuppie couple is empty. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
Look Who's Talking (1989) Bruce C. Steele [Amy Heckerling] bulls her way through this smash-hit comedy by playing up to the most base assumptions of the average audience. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
Mystery Train (1989) Catherine Saalfield Jarmusch says, 'Sometimes two people going to have an ice cream cone can be much more dramatic or insightful than two people shooting at each other.' What makes Mystery Train different is that he gives us both. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
Apartment Zero (1989) Robert Hilferty Compelling, bizarre and darkly hilarious. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
Drugstore Cowboy (1989) Peter Bowen Drugstore Cowboy offers a deeply moving and profoundly beautiful film. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
Batman (1989) Tim Allis This might have been a great film if someone had bothered to hire a writer capable of creating fresh, intelligent dialogue. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989) Jennie Livingston No one is easily let off of Soderbergh's directorial hook -- not his characters, not the audience, not this reviewer. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2020