Critics' Choice: Feb. 6, 1989


WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN. Strange people and situations pile into a Madrid penthouse until the place looks like the stateroom in A Night at the Opera. Carmen Maura is the put-upon heroine in this glossy farce by Spain's naughty new auteur Pedro Almodovar.

THE JANUARY MAN. Not a conventional whodunit. The mysteries in this spitball comedy are matters of the eccentric heart: How will a New York City fireman (Kevin Kline) win back his ex-girlfriend (Susan Sarandon) or find accommodating love with the mayor's daughter (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) ? John Patrick Shanley, whose luminous script for...

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