1996 August Movies

Matilda (1996)

Matilda

  • 90%
  • PG
  • 98 min
  • Comedy

Matilda (Mara Wilson) is an extraordinary girl, a child of wondrous intelligence. Unfortunately, her neglectful and deeply stupid parents, Harry and Zinnia Wormwood (Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman) are too wrapped up in their own little lives to care, or even to notice that their daughter is a budding genius, in love with books and with learning. When the Wormwoods finally grant Matilda's wish to attend school, they bundle her off to Crunchem Hall, a bleak brick prison where students cower...

John Carpenter's Escape from L.A. (1996)

John Carpenter's Escape from L.A.

  • 53%
  • R
  • 97 min
  • Action

Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) resurfaces fifteen years after his escape from New York into Loas Angeles to find little hope after a devastating earthquake has left the city an island inhabited only by warring gangs, outcasts and miscreants.

Snake has been injected with a genetically engineered virus that will kill him in 10 hours unless he takes its antidote, must capture the President's daughter and return the top secret "Black Box" she stole from a space defense lab. Only after Snake...

Sling Blade (1996)

Sling Blade

  • 96%
  • R
  • 135 min
  • Drama

Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside world.

The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)

The Island of Dr. Moreau

  • 23%
  • NONE
  • 96 min
  • Horror

A brilliant geneticist, Dr. Moreau (Brando) and his assistant Montgomery (Kilmer) are on the brink of revolutionizing science when Edward Douglas (Thewlis) becomes stranded on their remote island. Deep in the jungle, beneath the seemingly idyllic tropical paradise, lies a terrifying secret. Moreau and Montgomery have been performing gene-splicing research on animals to create a superior breed of human being, and that experiment has gone terribly wrong.

Moreau's beast-people are highly...

Emma (1996)

Emma

  • 83%
  • PG
  • 121 min
  • Comedy

Emma (Gwyneth Paltrow) is the self-proclaimed but somewhat misguided matchmaker in her small Eglish town.

While attempting to forge various romantic bonds among her friends and acquaintances, she finally learns about her own love true love.

Jack (1996)

Jack

  • 17%
  • PG-13
  • 113 min
  • Comedy

Jack (Robin Williams) is a 10 year-old boy who was born with a condition that causes his body to age four times faster than normal. Though Jack lives in a child's world, he occupies an adult's body. His parents, Brian (Brian Kerwin) and Karen (Diane Lane), and private tutor Mr. Woodruff (Bill Cosby) have kept Jack sheltered from the outside world. But Jack wants to live as an ordinary child. With dreams of going to school and being with other kids his age, Jack finally embarks on the greatest...

Basquiat (1996)

Basquiat

  • 70%
  • NONE
  • 108 min
  • Biography

n 1981, Jean-Michel Basquiat catapulted from being an unknown nineteen year-old graffiti writer to becoming one of the most successful, controversial, glamorous artists in the world. His shows were anticipated as the big events of the New York season, and his paintings were bought by the most powerful collectors and museums. Every aspect of his life became a subject for the media. By 1988, he was dead at the age of 27. Jean-Michel Basquiat was described by The New York Times as "the art world's...

Tin Cup (1996)

Tin Cup

  • 69%
  • R
  • 135 min
  • Comedy

If Roy "Tin Cup" McAvoy (KEVIN COSTNER) had played it safe, he might have been golfing on the pro tour instead of giving lessons at a driving range in the tiny West Texas town of Salome.

Had he played it safe, he might still be dating Doreen (LINDA HART), the owner of a profitable exotic dancing establishment, instead of becoming hired help at his own place of business -- which he lost to her on a sucker bet. If he'd played it safe he wouldn't be sacrificing his dignity to David Simms (DON...

Foxfire (1996)

Foxfire

  • 30%
  • R
  • 102 min
  • Drama

Foxfire follows the exploits of four teenaged girls and the mythic Legs Sadovsky (Angeline Jolie) whose friendship changes their lives. Together, the women rebel against the system and make a bold statement about contemporary female relationships and empowerment.

Based on the popular novel by Joyce Carol Oats, Foxfire is the telling story of Maddy (Heather Burress), Rita (Jenny Lewis), Violet (Sarah Rosenberg) and Goldie (Jenny Shimizu) as they struggle for independence and...

Chain Reaction (1996)

Chain Reaction

  • 16%
  • PG-13
  • 107 min
  • Action

In a University of Chicago research lab, a team of scientists and technicians have achieved an earth-shaking triumph. After years of tireless work, they have tapped a simple,yet almost infinitely powerful way to produce energy from water - cleanly, efficiently, abundantly - for a fuelstarved, pollution-weary world. What impact will this discovery have on us all?

Student machinist Eddie Kasalivich and scientist Lily Sinclair are about to get the explosive answer. Suddenly caught in a chain...

Shine (1996)

Shine

    • PG-13
    • 105 min
    • Biography

    Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.

    Pusher (1996)

    Pusher

      • 105 min
      • Crime

      A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.

      Freeway (1996)

      Freeway

      • 76%
      • R
      • 110 min
      • Comedy

      Little Red Riding Hood for the 1990's: After her mom and step-dad are arrested, 15-year-old Vanessa Lutz decides that instead of once again being put into a foster home, she'd rather go and search for the grandmother she's never met, and live with her. "On the way to grandma's house," (actually a trailer park) Vanessa's car breaks down, and she's picked up from the side of the road by Bob Wolverton, a counselor at a school for troubled boys. Bob slowly earns Vanessa's trust, and eventually...

      Waiting for Guffman (1996)

      Waiting for Guffman

      • 91%
      • R
      • 84 min
      • Comedy

      Under the eyes of a documentary crew that is capturing the "sesquicentennial" events, Corky St. Clair has designed a show that will salute Blaine's historical highlights -- the founding of the little town with a big heart, its reputation as the Stool Capitol of the World and, not to be forgotten Blaine's IJFO encounter/potluck dinner of 1946.

      The Crow: City of Angels (1996)

      The Crow: City of Angels

      • 12%
      • R
      • 84 min
      • Action

      Ashe, the young man who emerges from the night of his own horrific murder with the mysterious powers of the Crow, returns to seek out and destroy the most savage criminals in a surrealistic city of preponderant evil. As he sets out on his fateful mission, Ashe becomes drawn to Sarah, some-one with whom he seems to share psychic and emotional bonds.

      Sarah is the young woman who as a young teenager first encountered The Crow and cannot escape this connection with her past.

      The Fan (1996)

      The Fan

      • 38%
      • R
      • 120 min
      • Drama

      He is the one they look for when the Klieg lights blaze, the one whose pictures hangs on the wall. His presence hits them like a drug. He is the light and the glory, a reason to live ... even die. They are the untold millions whose adoration translates into magazine covers and multi-million dollar contracts. They are the sea of faces rendered invisible by distance, blurred together by their sheer mass, known only in the collective as 'the fans.'

      For all fans, the rules are unspoken but...

      She's the One (1996)

      She's the One

        • R
        • 96 min
        • Comedy

        Mickey, a free-spirited New York cabbie, and Francis, a materialistic Wall Street stockbroker, are extremely competitive and confused about women as a result of their father's influence. Though they disagree about everything, they have one thing in common: Mickey's ex-fiance Heather is Francis's secret love. Though both brothers have beautiful wives, Heather triggers their longtime sibling rivalry

        House Arrest (1996)

        House Arrest

        • 8%
        • PG
        • 108 min
        • Comedy

        Grover and Stacy Beindorf (Kyle Howard and Amy Sakasitz) thought they had the only functional family left on the block--that is until their parents (Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Pollak) broke the news that they planned to separate. But these two kids don't take the news lying down. Trying to rekindle the spark, Grover and Stacy throw their parents a surprise anniversary party, complete with a Hawaiian beach replicated in the almost-finished basement. But when the staged second honeymoon dissolves...

        Bordello of Blood (1996)

        Bordello of Blood

          • R
          • 87 min
          • Horror

          From the darkest corner of the earth, Lilith (Angie Everhart), the most bloodthirsty seductress ever, has been resurrected by 'rock and roll' televangelist Reverend Jimmy Current (Chris Sarandon) to become the grande dame vampire of the Bordello of Blood. Operating from a secret hideaway beneath a mortuary, Lilith, a ravishing, redhaired, fanged beauty, and her newly recruited army of insatiable vampires are open for business! A coded password and a fiery ride in a coffin bring you to the...

          A Moment of Innocence (1996)

          A Moment of Innocence

          • 89%
          • Unrated
          • 78 min
          • Comedy

          Un ex-poliziotto quarantenne va a Teheran per incontrare il regista Makmalbaf e recitare nel suo ultimo film. Venti anni prima il regista aveva ferito il poliziotto con una coltellata, nel tentativo di disarmarlo per prendergli la pistola. Il cineasta, che lottava contro il regime dello Shah, fu arrestato e trascorse alcuni anni in prigione. Così, oggi, egli propone all'uomo di ricostruire cinematograficamente l'episodio: ognuno di loro sceglierà un ragazzo per interpretare...