"Nobody's Fool" is a gentle, flavorsome story of a loose-knit, dysfunctional family whose members essentially include every glimpsed citizen of a small New York town. Fronted by a splendid…
"Immortal Beloved" attempts to travel the "Citizen Kane" route of using a death's door clue left by a difficult great man to penetrate his secret self. The man in question here is Ludwig van…
"The Circle Game" painfully demonstrates the downside potential of applying a documentary aesthetic to narrative fiction. First feature by Canadian helmer Brigitte Berman, who won an Oscar for her…
"Mutual Consent" is a superb rendering of the increasingly insidious aftermath of a friendly divorce. Winningly structured and sharply acted, pic gets in under the wire as one of 1994's most…
Adrab talkfest about two would-be mob thugs trailing a target, "Hits!" invades Scorsese/Cassavetes terrain with no discernible idea of just what it wants to do there. Best chance lies in hyping scant…
Kirk Douglas turns up as a playful patriarch dying of cancer in a murky, quirky quasi-picaresque vidpic scripted by "On Golden Pond's" Ernest Thompson. While Douglas' screen presence is undeniable…
Reviewed at World Film Festival, Montreal, Aug. 30, 1994. Running time: 111 MIN.
"They'll never turn 'Sunset Boulevard' into a musical," predicts a cynic to Laurie Franks, playing Gloria Swanson playing Norma Desmond, in "Swanson on Sunset." Actually, Billy Wilder's searing…
Reviewed at San Sebastian Film Festival (competing), Sept. 20, 1994. Running time: 110 MIN.