Solid performances by leads James Caan and his humanoid buddy-cop partner Mandy Patinkin move this production beyond special effects, clever alien makeup and car chases.
The true story of a great American visionary who was thwarted, if not destroyed, by the established order, Tucker represents the sunniest imaginable telling of an at least partly tragic episode in…
Switching Channels is a broad, sometimes silly transfer of The Front Page or, more specifically, His Girl Friday, from the old world of smoke-filled newspaper offices to the gleaming modern setting…
Mystic Pizza is a deftly told coming-of-age story [by Amy Jones] about three young femmes as they explore their different destinies, mostly through romance; it's genuine and moving.
The life story of the late anthropologist Dian Fossey posed considerable challenges to the filmmakers tackling it, and they have been met in admirable fashion in Gorillas in the Mist [from a screen…
Scripters have moved the setting of their stage version from the loose environs of a Club Med-type playground to a health and fitness resort, the Oasis [and added a question mark at the end of the…
Affecting memories and good intentions don't always add up to good screen stories, and such is the case in 1969, one of the murkiest reflections on the Vietnam War era yet, notwithstanding good…
The Navigator is remarkable because of its absorbing story that links medieval fears and fortunes to our times, while confirming director Vincent Ward as an original talent.
Filmgoers who admired the freshness and energy of Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It are bound to be thrown by his followup School Daze. A loosely connected series of musical set-pieces exploring the…
Maniac Cop is a disappointing thriller that wastes an oddball premise and offbeat point-of-view. Writer-producer Larry Cohen's gimmicky approach has the novelty of all leading characters (male and…
Earth Girls Are Easy is a dizzy, glitzy fish-out-of-water farce about three horny aliens on the make in LA.