Mirroring its lead in domestic boxoffice shares (VARIETY, Jan. 7), Buena Vista led the race in rental market shares in North America last year. That’s the distrib’s second win in three years and in…
The Object of Beauty is a throwback to the romantic comedies of Swinging London cinema, but lacks the punch of the best of that late 1960s genre.
Ever in search of new mad adventurers to catch his fancy, Werner Herzog has found them among mountain climbers for his latest South American epic, scream of Stone. While it does feature some…
Plenty of shrewd commercial calculation went into concocting the right sugar coating for this story of an 11-year-old girl's painful maturation, but chemistry seems right.
A dopey, almost poignantly bad actioner about two legends-in-their-own-minds, who bungle their way through a bank robbery on behalf of a friend, stands out only for big stars Mickey Rourke and Don…
This muddled comedic-thriller, which asks what spies do after the Cold War, has a few amusing political references but the indecisive tone scuttles the film.
Year of the Gun is a competent but routine thriller [based on Michael Mewshaw's book] about a young American novelist in 1978 Rome who accidentally hits upon a terrorist kidnaping plot.
The Fisher King has two actors at the top of their form, and a compelling, well-directed and well-produced story. First-time screenwriter Richard LaGravenese's lively, detailed original script deftly…
With more visual stimulation than a dozen normal films, Peter Greenaway's Prospero's Books is an intellectually and erotically rampaging meditation on the arrogance and value of the artistic process…
Mel Brooks' Life Stinks is a fitfully funny vaudeville caricature about life on Skid Row. Premise of a rich man who chooses to live among the poor for a spell feels sorely undeveloped, and suffers…
Flight of the Intruder is the most boring Vietnam War pic since The Green Berets (1968), but lacks the benefit of the latter's political outrageousness to spark a little interest and humor.