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A 20th Century Fox Retrospective Scrapbook: 1994

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Sugar Hill dealt with gritty urban living and such things as drug cartels. Wesley Snipes starred in the film that decried what it saw.

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Charlie Sheen and Kristy Swanson in The Chase, a throwback to all those car films in the 70s.

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Madeleine Stowe, Andie McDowell, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Drew Barrymore were female outlaws in Bad Girls.

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PCU stood for Politically Correct University and the party animals tried to see to it that that was not the case. Audiences didn't care.

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Things perked up with Speed, an exemplary 90s thriller with taut pacing and good work from Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper, and Jeff Daniels.

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A baby was up to Home Alone-like shenanigans in Baby's Day Out.

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True Lies was one of the earlier $100 million budgeted films, and was a sizable hit for the Arnold and Jaime Lee Curtis. Charlton Heston cameoed. It debuted Fox's first CGI logo.

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Airheads was a comedy about 3 of those: Adam Sandler, Brendan Fraser, and Steve Buscemi.

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Street Fighter II was handled by Fox only overseas.

 

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Albert Brooks was The Scout who only had a hothead played by Brendan Fraser as an opportunity.

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Well, they remade Miracle on 34th Street. Not the best, but far better than it could have been thanks to Richard Attenbourough and Mara Wilson.

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Macauley Culkin misfired again with The Pagemaster, a dire film for kids.

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Trapped in Paradise had Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz, and Dana Carvey as three criminals hoping to rob a bank.

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1994 closed with a quality film, Nell, with Jodie Foster doing strong work and supported by Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson as scientists. It had heart.

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Two very enjoyable action movies this year: Speed and True Lies. We went to the movies one evening and the line for True Lies was so long we ended up seeing The Lion King; we didn't find out the bridge was out until days later.

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SPEED was DIE HARD on a bus. High concept. But fun. I think Dennis Hopper is the best thing in it. 

TRUE LIES is a favorite, especially if you're a fan of oxymorons. It's kind of nice to see Schwarzenegger and Cameron do something with more comedy in it. Jamie Lee Curtis slotted in perfectly.

THE PAGEMASTER was pants. I did like the remake of MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, though the original is better. I suspect they remade it because kids often don't like black and white films. Richard Attenborough was a fine choice to play Kris Kringle.

I'm a fan of BABY'S DAY OUT. I do like high concept comedies, and this one as improbable as it may be, is actually a lot of fun.

NELL was a bit too somber in spots for my liking, though I certainly appreciated the acting in it.

THE CHASE reminds us why Charlie Sheen was a movie star. He was just so darn good looking.

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It's astonishing how many movies I haven't seen. These retrospectives are killing me. Or maybe it's not so astonishing not having seen, but just astonishing to realize it. I must be awfully busy in my life to have missed all these movies.

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My top picks:

None. :( 

I've seen Sugar HillThe ChaseBad GirlsSpeedBaby's Day OutTrue LiesAirheadsThe ScoutTrapped in Paradise, and Nell.

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