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Notable movies for the week of May 18, 1990 -- Short reviews on recently released titles

Notable movies for the week of May 18, 1990

The Guardian (R)
Director William Friedkin (The Exorcist) returns to the horror genre with an inordinately earnest gothic chiller about an evil nanny (Jenny Seagrove) and a baby-eating tree. It's a competent, run-of-the-mill fright flick — not terrible, but not anything to get excited (or nauseous) about, either. These days, serving up horror without comedy seems a bit of a folly. B-

Longtime Companion (R)
Produced by American Playhouse, this courageous and deeply affecting drama about the AIDS crisis is a lively ensemble movie — at once funny and tragic-that focuses on the hip, upscale fringes of New York gay life. While the film lacks the scale of a major Hollywood production, one is carried away by the pungent writing, and by the fact that AIDS is treated here with such unblinking frankness and intelligence. B+

Spaced Invaders (PG)
Set on Halloween, this intentionally cheesy sci-fi parody doesn't offer enough variety among its human characters, but its animatronic aliens are amusingly obnoxious. If only the movie had spent a little less time making fun of dumb rednecks. C+

Wild Orchid (R)
Packaged by the same writer-producer team that did 9 1/2 Weeks, this ludicrous soft-core fantasia wants to be a kind of Last Samba in Rio, but it's really just a racy perfume commercial posing as a movie. Mickey Rourke gives another soft, impassive performance as a monosyllabic stud. He and newcomer Carre Otis don't actually bed down until the final scene, rendering Wild Orchid the longest film ever made about foreplay. D-

Originally posted May 18, 1990 Published in issue #14 May 18, 1990 Order article reprints