Monthly Archives: August 1995

Beyond Rangoon - * * *

Dramatic tale with Patricia Arquette as an American doctor, haunted by a personal tragedy and trapped in Burma during the 1988 massacre. Arquette’s central character makes several rather stupid decisions along the way, but the drama of the political events … Continue reading

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Lord of Illusions - *

An incomprehensible mess. The strong horrific visuals need to be bound together by more than the barest of plot threads. Too often, you are impressed (or repulsed) by what is on screen…but that quickly disperses into a continual confusion. It … Continue reading

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Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde - 1/2*

There are only a few chuckles in this horribly disjointed disaster. The one-joke plotline doesn’t carry very far, and the movie gives the distinct sense of being rehashed through the editing room far too many times. Tim Daly and Sean … Continue reading

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Desperado - * * * 1/2*

A wonderfully exciting and hypnotic action film. A fast paced mix of humor and ultraviolence work well in this sequel to El Mariachi. Antonio Banderas is very good in the central role as the enigmatic mariachi, consumed by his thirst … Continue reading

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Mortal Kombat - * 1/2*

Non-stop violence (though not as gory as the video game itself) helps to obscure the lack of decent characterization and the flimsiest of plots. The fight scenes for the most part are well choreographed, though this is no Jackie Chan … Continue reading

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The Usual Suspects - * * * 1/2*

Highly entertaining, highly convoluted whodunnit. Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Pollak, Stephen Baldwin and Benicio Del Toro star as five cons who join together after all are picked out for a police lineup. In a series of flashbacks, the film … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Clouds - * * *

A nice fairy-tale romance set after WWII between a chocolate salesman and the young, pregnant daughter of a wealthy Mexican-American wine maker. The story seems a bit forced at the beginning and end, but in between we are treated to … Continue reading

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Dangerous Minds - * *

A mediocre drama about an ex-marine teaching English to a rowdy group of inner-city kids. Never illuminates the true spirit of learning, instead the movie opts for bribing students to read pretentious Bob Dylan lyrics. We never understand why Michelle … Continue reading

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The Brothers McMullen - * * 1/2*

Moderately enjoyable story of three Irish-American brothers and their varied relationships. The eldest is married, and starting to feel restless. The middle brother is a commitment-avoiding bachelor who comes close to making a commitment. The youngest brother is torn between … Continue reading

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Virtuosity - * *

Disappointing action movie which doesn’t ever fully exploit the possibilities of its premise: a complex artificial intelligence amalgamation of 183 killers escapes from virtual reality in the body of a regenerating android (sort of an extroverted T-1000). However, the direction … Continue reading

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