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Hal Hinson, Washington Post

  1. Down Periscope 1996 More laid-back here than he is on television, Grammer seems to barely break a sweat. full review
  2. James and the Giant Peach 1996 The latest in an impressive string of first-rate movies for kids.
  3. Stealing Beauty 1996 It may not be epic in scale; in artistic terms, though, it's huge.
  4. Blue in the Face 1995 full review
  5. Clockers 1995 What we get mostly in the film is a sense of Lee flailing, struggling to get a handle on his material. full review
  6. Clueless 1995 While Cher and the other characters here may seem vacuous and spoiled, Heckerling -- who wrote the script as well -- is a gentle satirist. full review
  7. Congo 1995 In every frame, it aspires to be a theme park. full review
  8. The Crossing Guard 1995 full review
  9. Devil in a Blue Dress 1995 First-rate American pulp -- fast, absorbing and substantive. full review
  10. The Doom Generation 1995 An arty atrocity for thugs and sub-literates that makes Natural Born Killers look like The Sound of Music. full review
  11. Four Rooms 1995 Four Rooms asserts itself as a goof so laboriously and aggressively that you almost feel pinned back in your seat. full review
  12. A Month by the Lake 1995 full review
  13. The Prophecy 1995 full review
  14. Stuart Saves His Family 1995 Stuart is a disarming figure -- likable in small doses, but fragile and not particularly adaptable. full review
  15. The Usual Suspects 1995 The twist at the end is a corker, but crucial questions remain unanswered. What's interesting, though, is how little this intrudes on our enjoyment. full review
  16. While You Were Sleeping 1995 A sappy, negligible, thoroughly innocuous romantic comedy vehicle for Sandra Bullock. full review
  17. Black Beauty 1994 full review
  18. The Scout 1994 A genuine -- and immensely enjoyable -- curiosity. full review
  19. Clerks 1994 Amateurishly acted, clumsily edited and slapped together out of what looks like surveillance camera footage, the thing bumps along not so much on talent as on audacity. full review
  20. Country Life 1994 full review
  21. Fresh 1994 full review
  22. Heavenly Creatures 1994 Powerful, evocative movie. full review
  23. Hoop Dreams 1994 The most powerful movie about sports ever made. full review
  24. It Could Happen to You 1994 Simply and without pandering or insults to your intelligence, the movie delivers more of the old-style pleasures of moviegoing than any other picture in a long while. full review
  25. Killing Zoe 1994 full review
  26. Sirens 1994 full review
  27. Stargate 1994 [A] loopy, mostly entertaining sci-fi adventure. full review
  28. El Mariachi 1993 Watching his film, you can feel the sheer joy that went into its creation. full review
  29. The Good Son 1993 Where were the responsible adults when this thing was made? full review
  30. Last Action Hero 1993 Feels like a farewell, of sorts, to Arnold. full review
  31. Map of the Human Heart 1993 A film of incantatory intensity and moment by a prodigiously gifted young filmmaker. full review
  32. The Piano 1993 [An] evocative, powerful, extraordinarily beautiful film from the Australian director Jane Campion. full review
  33. What's Eating Gilbert Grape 1993 There is a good idea for a movie hiding here, but Halstrom has buried it beneath a load of charmless shtick. full review
  34. Bad Lieutenant 1992 This punishing film from director Abel Ferrara is something else altogether -- an illuminating, excoriating descent into the cesspool of sin, self-loathing and defilement. This is not an easy film to watch. full review
  35. Boomerang 1992 Boomerang is the funniest, most sophisticated movie of Eddie Murphy's career. full review
  36. Enchanted April 1992 Is it fair to ask why usually sophisticated Americans turn to mush over this particular variety of moribund ersatz art? full review
  37. Far and Away 1992 full review
  38. Incident at Oglala 1992 full review
  39. Juice 1992 I'm sure Dickerson has strong feelings about inner-city problems, but if he does he can't convey them. full review
  40. Leap of Faith 1992 full review
  41. Patriot Games 1992 The film holds too few surprises to sustain our interest. All too often, we're ahead of the game. full review
  42. Reservoir Dogs 1992 It's brutal, it's funny and you won't forget it. full review
  43. Bugsy 1991 full review
  44. The Doors 1991 The film is an absurdity -- muddled, self-serious, alienating, a stone drag. full review
  45. For the Boys 1991 full review
  46. The Hard Way 1991 full review
  47. Paris Is Burning 1991 full review
  48. Return to the Blue Lagoon 1991 Up until now, I thought it was pretty near impossible to feel nostalgia for The Blue Lagoon. But darned if life isn't full of surprises. full review
  49. Slacker 1991 This is a work of scatterbrained originality, funny, unexpected and ceaselessly engaging. full review
  50. Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 It's a tank of a movie, big, powerful and hard to resist. full review
  51. Another 48 Hrs. 1990 Hill and his stars are merely going through the motions, but the motions are immensely familiar. full review
  52. Days of Thunder 1990 The flash is still there, but Towne has added a layer of substance underneath, and in generous enough helpings that you can let the picture vamp you, ravage you, without hating yourself afterward. full review
  53. The Grifters 1990 It seduces you into believing it's merely a cheeky trifle, and then, when you least expect it, lowers the boom. full review
  54. King of New York 1990 A hepped-up film about drugs that plays as if the filmmakers themselves kept a healthy supply of the stuff at hand. full review
  55. The Krays 1990 full review
  56. Look Who's Talking, Too 1990 full review
  57. Ghostbusters 2 1989 Hammered together out of the junkiest of elements, the movie rattles along with a pleasing rambunctiousness, tossing off its quips and one-liners and scoring on a remarkably high percentage of them. full review
  58. Harlem Nights 1989 Once there was Freddy. Once there was Chuckie and Jason and Howard the Duck. Now there is the scariest of them all. Now there is Harlem Nights. full review
  59. Look Who's Talking 1989 This is a great idea for a sketch, not a feature, and if Heckerling had resisted padding it out, it might have made a brilliant short. A comedy can ride only so far on high concept. It has to deliver the jokes, and this one doesn't. full review
  60. Miss Firecracker 1989 full review
  61. My Left Foot 1989 Jim Sheridan's My Left Foot must be the most passionately empathetic film about a physical affliction ever made. full review
  62. Say Anything... 1989 The cast is irresistibly charming, down to the bit parts by Lili Taylor and Amy Brooks as Lloyd's best friends. full review
  63. See No Evil, Hear No Evil 1989 full review
  64. Steel Magnolias 1989 full review
  65. Bull Durham 1988 Bull Durham, the new baseball movie starring Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon, eases up on you, lazy as a cloud, and carries you off in a mood of exquisite delight. full review
  66. Colors 1988 There's great pleasure in watching these two actors work. And Hopper, a great actor himself, knows what they need to thrive. full review
  67. Coming to America 1988 In Landis' hands, the film doesn't live up to even the meagerest of expectations. full review
  68. The Great Outdoors 1988 full review
  69. The Last Temptation of Christ 1988 In spite of all [Scorsese] accomplishes, he is unable to bring Jesus close to us, to realize his stated goal of creating a universal figure who symbolizes the spiritual anguish of all men. full review
  70. License to Drive 1988 About all that's worth noting is that the Caddy gets demolished and that the stars remain intact (though practically everyone will wish that it were the other way around). full review
  71. Scrooged 1988 If Donner and his team had any interest in the story's message, they've picked a puzzling way to show it. full review
  72. She's Having a Baby 1988 full review
  73. The Thin Blue Line 1988 full review
  74. Beverly Hills Cop II 1987 full review
  75. Broadcast News 1987 The film is so ingratiatingly high-spirited, and the performances so full of sass and vigor, that in the long run it doesn't really matter much. full review
  76. Fatal Attraction 1987 Fatal Attraction has an inescapable pull to it; it's suffocatingly exciting. full review
  77. Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987 A riotously springy holiday knockabout. full review
  78. The Untouchables 1987 ...only marginally entertaining. full review
  79. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer 1986 The emptiness in Henry seems like an artistic convenience or, worse, an evasion. What we suspect, finally, is that the deficiencies belong more to the artist than to his subject. full review

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