Little Nikita never really materializes as a taut espionage thriller and winds up as an unsatisfying execution of a clever premise - a teen's traumatic discovery that his parents are Soviet spies.
Actor Mickey Rourke's decade-old pet project about a battered, burnt-out smalltime boxer is a sort of Raging Bull without horns, wallowing dully in the cliches of movieland gutter romanticism.
Hanna Senesh, a talented poet and a martyr who died in a Hungarian jail in 1944, before her 24th birthday, is a mythical figure in Israel, a symbol of gentle but determined heroism. In Menahem…
Frantic is a thriller without much surprise, suspense or excitement. Drama about an American doctor's desperate search for his kidnapped wife through the demi-monde of Paris reveals director Roman…
"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" is a wonderfully crafted, absolutely charming remake of the 1964 film "Bedtime Story." In this classy version, Steve Martin and Michael Caine play the competing French…
A very good actor plays a good lawyer in a badly written and directed crime drama and loses the case for suspenseful filmmaking in Criminal Law.
Child's Play is a near-miss at providing horrific thrills in a tale [by Don Mancini] of a doll come to murderous life, told with a knowing tongue-in-cheek attitude. Fun withers in stretching the thin…
In taking on a biopic of late jazz great Charlie Parker, Clint Eastwood has had to chart bold new territory for himself as a director, and he has pulled it off in most impressive fashion.
BAT 21 represents the flip side of Rambo. The true story of an officer forced to parachute into enemy-infested jungle during the Vietnam War and survive on his own until a rescue can be attempted…
Above the Law is an ultraviolent actioner with Steven Seagal playing an aikido-chopping cop on a one man crusade to clean up Chi streets. [Screen story by Seagal and director Andrew Davis.]
One of the oddest and most illogical murder cases of modern times is recounted in intimate, incredible detail in the classy, disturbing drama A Cry in the Dark [from John Bryson's Book Evil Angels].