Monthly Archives: April 1995

Destiny Turns on the Radio - *

Pitiful. A few artistic shots are the only good thing in this ridiculous movie about the personification of fate visiting Las Vegas and his interference in the life of an escaped convict. Quentin Tarantino needs to stick to directing.

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Crumb - *

Strange documentary about a strange subject, R. Crumb, the underground comic book artist. Although overlong and meandering, the film does uncover the nature of the artist. The only good thing you can conclude from the film is that R. Crumb, … Continue reading

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The Basketball Diaries - *

Agonizing portrait of heroin abuse. Leonardo DiCaprio provides a powerful performance. However so much time is devoted to his descent into Hell, we never truly understand his redemption. After a grueling withdrawal and readdiction sequence, his subsequent recovery is breezed … Continue reading

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While You Were Sleeping - * * *

Interesting twist on the romantic triangle: one member is in a coma. But Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman pull it off very well. The immediate family, however, tries just a little to hard to be lovable and idiosyncratic.

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Kiss of Death - * * 1/2*

Gritty film about a small time crook who just wants to be left alone to go straight, but finds himself drawn back into his old life by both his ex-compatriots and the law. Interesting characters, but insecure pacing.

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Rob Roy - * * *

Well made movie about a Scottish hero, played with presence by Liam Neeson. A surprising amount of gore for what seems on the outset to be a romantic epic, Rob Roy does satisfy in the end.

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Don Juan DeMarco - * * *

The fantasy scenes in Don Juan DeMarco are imaginative, humorous, and engaging. However, they make the “real world” scenes seem flat and boring in comparison.

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Bad Boys - * * *

Surprisingly enjoyable action comedy. Martin Lawrence and Will Smith are cops (and no, neither one is just a few days from retirement). Lawrence is a married family man, while Smith plays the laid-back womanizer. When confiscated drugs are stolen from … Continue reading

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