Critics' Voices: Dec. 23, 1991


BLACK ROBE. Sometimes you dance with the wolf; sometimes the wolf eats you. Bruce Beresford's dark drama, about a white priest among some truly savage savages, tops Kevin Costner's Oscar-winning 1990 romance by being anthropologically, if not politically, correct. It embraces ambiguity and is all the more powerful for it.

FOR THE BOYS. The definitive Bette Midler movie -- all music, sass and high emoting -- is also a jazzy panorama of pop culture for half an American century. And even if you skip the movie, get the sound track, which features Bette's great and knowing pipes on excavated swing...

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