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The Year in Movies


By Michelle Perry, Kristine

Au-Yeung, Annabelle Boyd,

and Debby Levinson


Born on the Fourth of July

Dead Poets Society

Do the Right Thing

Spike Lee's controversial third film challenges audiences to recognize the deep-seated nature of racism in American society. Do the Right Thing

Drugstore Cowboy

Gus Van Sant's clever film traces the exploits of Bob Hughes, a drug addict who supports his habit by knocking off drugstores with his girlfriend Diane. Matt Dillon does a fabulous job with the character of Bob, playing him as a sensitive, cocky thief who hides his worst fears under a thick layer of bravado. Kelly Lynch is equally impressive as the rebellious, doomed Diane. Through its gentle humor and innovative photography, Drugstore Cowboy

tenderly addresses the human frailties that push dope into veins.


Edward Zwick's tribute to the heroic 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first black regiment recruited in the North for the Civil War. A fine performance by Matthew Broderick in his first mature role. Denzel Washington deserves an Academy Award nomination for his supporting role as a runaway slave who joins the 54th.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

The Little Mermaid

This time the princess who falls in love is a mermaid. Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, longs to become human after rescuing the handsome Prince Eric from drowning during a storm at sea. Villainous Ursula the seawitch tricks Ariel into trading her voice for the chance to fufill her wish. The true Disney idealist is not disappointed though, for once again true love conquers all (with help from Sebastian, the singing Calypso Crab who easily the film's best character). With The Little Mermaid,

Disney continues to prove that its forte lies in making fairy tales come to life.

Pelle the Conqueror

Adapted from the first of four volumes of an epic by author Martin Andersen Nexo, Pelle the Conqueror

Roger & Me

A Taxing Woman 2

War of the Roses

When Harry Met Sally


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This story was originally published on Tuesday, February 6, 1990.
Volume 110, Year in Review
The story was printed on page 13.

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