Clockwatchers

BBB (out of 5) Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow, Alanna Ubach and Toni Collette all give strong performances as four temps working mundane office jobs.  Each of them has goals they’re waiting to satisfy, except for Collette, who’s only temping because she can’t figure out what she really wants to do with her life. Trouble comes when someone…

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Gayby

BBB.5 (out of 5) A low-budget, independent, gay-themed comedy whose characters are appealing and whose dialogue is actually clever, this one is a surprise delight from beginning to end.   Jenn is a yoga instructor whose prospects for romance are going nowhere fast, and her best friend Matt runs a comic book store and has…

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Shake Hands With The Devil

BBBB (out of 5) United Nations Lt. General Romeo Dallaire (Roy Dupuis) sits in a psychiatrist’s office, wracked with guilt over the events that he then flashes back to, concerning his experiences as head of the Peacekeeping operation during the Rwandan genocide. Arriving in Kigali with the highest of optimistic hopes to keep rival tribes…

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Tomorrow Never Dies

BBBBB (out of 5) The second Bond installment to feature the dapper Pierce Brosnan as the womanizing, gun-toting hero. Part of the fun involves the fact that director Roger Spottiswoode doesn’t expect you to take the hammy plot (media mogul Jonathan Pryce wants to start World War III in order to gain broadcasting rights in China) seriously…

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Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!

B (out of 5) Sylvester Stallone badly wants to break into a comedy career after a decade of Rockys and Rambos, and though he doesn’t have less talent for it than Schwarzenegger, his poor choices prevent the same level of success.  In this amazingly limp film, he plays a cop whose love life and career are…

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Spice World

BB (out of 5) Fans of the Spice Girls will enjoy this tribute to their momentary superfame as they go from one silly adventure to another in a musical directed by Bob Spiers (Absolutely Fabulous). Scary, Sporty, Posh, Ginger and Baby Spice are working hard towards a big concert, but before they can get around…

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Albino Alligator

BB (out of 5) Kevin Spacey’s directorial debut is this dour film about a seedy bar in New Orleans that has the night of its life when robbers hold it hostage. Presumably, we’re led to believe that watching these characters interact under stressful circumstances is the dramatic crux; unfortunately, they’re not much more interesting than…

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Il Divo (Il divo: La spettacolare vita di Giulio Andreotti)

BBB.5 (out of 5) The superbly fascinating career of Giulio Andreotti is given the impressionist treatment in this gorgeously filmed drama by Paolo Sorrentino. Toni Servillo is outstanding in the lead role, with excellent makeup work helping to transform him into the Italian Prime Minister who won seven elections before his final term ended in scandal…

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Vexille (Bekushiru: 2077 Nihon Sakoku)

BBBB (out of 5) In mid-21st century Los Angeles, a special force of super-trained police officers are assigned to investigate the origin of the remains of a cyborg leg that was discovered on a sting operation. Japan has been the primary manufacturer of all robotic technology for some time, though it has also been completely…

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Men In Black II

BBB.5 (out of 5) Sequel to the 1997 blockbuster hit is no better or worse than its predecessor: distractingly entertaining throughout with a minimal impression left afterwards.  Will Smith returns as the secret agent working to monitor alien activity on planet Earth, and in this particular adventure he gets a big assignment when a bombshell villainess…

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Big Trouble

BB (out of 5) Delayed after September 11th because it dealt with a terrorist bomb on an airplane, this film wouldn’t have been missed had it been left on the shelf forever. A failing advertising executive (Tim Allen) is somehow given a second chance at life when he has to save his prankster son (Ben…

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Wild Wild West

B (out of 5) Flat adventure that never goes anywhere for an interminably long 100 minutes. Will Smith and Kevin Kline play the lead roles originated in the 1960s spy show of the same name, working for President Ulysses S. Grant as Secret Service prototypes to help keep the country safe from threats of upheaval. Danger comes…

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