Movies – 1990s

101 Dalmatians (1996)

Disney updated its classic animated tale with this live-action version starring a deliciously over-the-top Glenn Close (pictured at right) as infamous villain Cruella De Vil, the rich bitch who wants to turn loads of cuddly little dalmatian puppies into a fur coat. Jeff Daniels and Joely Richardson (as the couple trying to stop her) are(...)

12 Monkeys (1995)

The year is 2035 and an unknown virus has wiped out most of humanity. The few survivors live in a grim subterranean city beneath Philadelphia. Haunted by a vision from the past, convict James Cole (Bruce Willis) is "volunteered" to travel back in time to 1996 to obtain a sample of the virus and find out more(...)

A Few Good Men (1992)

Tom Cruise is a brilliant but lazy Navy lawyer assigned to defend two young Marines accused of murdering a member of their own platoon on a military base in Cuba. Only a year out of law school, Cruise is cocky, arrogant, and so afraid of being compared with his father - who was himself a(...)

Ace Ventura, Pet Detective (1994)

The main purpose of this movie is to showcase the antics of its star, Jim Carrey. He plays a modern day Doctor Dolittle-style gumshoe who searches for Snowflake - the kidnapped mascot of the Miami Dolphins football team. There are lots of clever sight gags which would be easier to take if Carrey didn't work(...)

Addams Family Values (1993)

This delightful follow-up to The Addams Family (1991) is blessed with an even blacker vein of humour than the original. Gomez and Morticia (Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston) have a new baby (Pubert), much to the displeasure of their other jealous children Wednesday and Pugsley (Christina Ricci and Jimmy Workman), while Fester has fallen under the spell(...)

Addams Family, The (1991)

Hollywood's plundering of classic TV series has produced its fair share of turkeys, but this is a glorious exception. This is partly owing to director Barry Sonnenfeld's wise decision to stick with the black humour of Charles Addams's original and very popular New Yorker cartoons and, perhaps more importantly, some inspired casting - Anjelica Huston(...)

Adventures of Ford Fairlane, The (1990)

Controversial sexist comic Andrew Dice Clay crashed and burned in an awkward misstep from action director Renny (Die Hard 2: Die Harder) Harlin. The over-hyped Clay plays rock 'n' roll detective Ford Fairlane (pictured at right) who is investigating the death of a heavy metal singer on stage in this crude adventure, big on empty(...)

Adventures of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert, The (1994)

Out of the closet and into the mainstream, this film raised gay culture to moderately new heights of respectability in the suburbs of heterosexual Australia. It also moved with great effect across the screens of North America and Europe, following on the heels of its glitzy (but inferior) precursor, Strictly Ballroom (1992). Casting Terence Stamp as an(...)

Air Force One (1997)

US President James Marshall (Harrison Ford), is returning home from Russia with his wife and daughter on the presidential jumbo when it is hijacked by a ruthless gang of Russian terrorists. Their leader, Ivan Korshunov (Gary Oldman), demands the release of an imprisoned general or else he will kill a passenger every half hour. The(...)

Aladdin (1992)

When street urchin Aladdin (voiced by Scott Weinger) releases a genie (voiced by Robin Williams) from a magic oil lamp, he uses its powers to help him woo the beautiful Princess Jasmine (Linda Larkin, Lea Salonga singing). But the genie's abilities are also coveted by the evil Jafar (Jonathan Freeman), who plans to seize power(...)

Alien 3 (1992)

Given that the first two films stand up as sci-fi classics in their own right, director David Fincher, in his feature film debut, had a virtually impossible act to follow with this second sequel. He makes a surprisingly good fist of it, developing the maternal themes of first sequel Aliens (1986) and providing an exhilarating final(...)

Alien: Resurrection (1997)

In 1979, Sigourney Weaver was a relative unknown with only a couple of bit parts to her name when she won the role of Ripley in Alien, a role for which she was paid $33,000. Weaver emerged as a star and 18 years later she received a co-producer credit and $11m as part of her(...)

American Beauty (1999)

Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is a disillusioned father who's suffering mid-life meltdown and is increasingly alienated from grasping, estate agent wife Carolyn (Annette Bening), sullen teenage daughter Jane and his neighbours. Tired of being "a whore for the advertising industry" he dryly blackmails his boss into a pay-off ("Can you prove that you didn't offer to save my(...)

American History X (1998)

American History X (1998)

Derek Vinyard (Edward Norton), a neo-Nazi white supremacist recently released from three years jail for manslaughter, tries to rid his younger brother, Danny, (Edward Furlong) of his racial prejudices. Norton has undergone a radical transformation through his friendship with a black prison inmate and the moral clarity of solitude. This tough, powerful and uncompromising cautionary(...)

American Pie (1999)

This laughter-packed comedy about four Michigan high school seniors - Jim (Jason Biggs), Oz (Chris Klein), Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) and Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) - who pledge to lose their virginity in the three remaining weeks before prom night has enough crass gags to satisfy the most demanding fans of Porky's-style farces. Yet it(...)

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