Category Archive: Academy Award 1984

Marlene

BBBB (out of 5) The life, career, myth and mystery of the great Marlene Dietrich are examined in this cinematic fan letter by Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell.  Schell puts together a vortex trip through… Continue reading

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The River (1984)

BBBB (out of 5) The life of a rural family and their trials and tribulations are captured in this wonderful film that rises above soap opera trappings through steady performances and great direction.… Continue reading

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The Pope Of Greenwich Village

BBB.5 (out of 5) Great character study whose shoddy plotting and weak direction is overcome by two sterling performances. Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts are terrific as New York City tough guys who… Continue reading

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Ghostbusters (Ghost Busters)

BBBB (out of 5) After three scientists (Bill Murray, who is terrific, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis) investigating supernatural phenomena are fired from their university and have their grants taken away, they set up… Continue reading

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The Muppets Take Manhattan

BBBB (out of 5) The Muppets are back, and this adventure is just as delightful as the previous ones. The cute and adorable puppet-marionettes have decided to stage their own Broadway show, and… Continue reading

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El Norte

BBBB (out of 5) Brother and sister Enrique and Rosa must flee Guatemala after their father is killed for taking part in anti-capitalist politics and their mother is hauled off to jail. They… Continue reading

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Purple Rain

BB.5 (out of 5) Prince makes his big screen debut in this poorly scripted fable about a rock musician who longs to become famous. Working at a popular nightclub, The Kid (Prince) plays… Continue reading

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2010

BBBB (out of 5) Superb sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s milestone classic, but if you’re expecting more of the same, you’ll be severely disappointed. Instead of attempting to make another ground breaking, artistically-minded brainwarp,… Continue reading

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A Passage To India

BBBB.5 (out of 5) The failure of Ryan’s Daughter in 1970 was so hard on director David Lean that it took fourteen years for him to produce another film. The result was this… Continue reading

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Splash

BBBB.5 (out of 5) One of Ron Howard’s best movies and a wonderful opportunity to see Daryl Hannah at her most charming. She plays a mermaid who wanders out of the sea and straight… Continue reading

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Footloose

BBBB (out of 5) Kevin Bacon leaves the big city of Chicago and comes to live in a small town with his family. He’s shocked by the change of culture, but is truly… Continue reading

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Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes

BBBB (out of 5) I haven’t seen enough Tarzan movies to say for sure that this one is the best, but it definitely ranks in the top five. Christopher Lambert plays the man who… Continue reading

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The Natural

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This wonderful film by Barry Levinson is a riveting combination of drama and folkloric fantasy. A baseball player (Robert Redford) who has dreamed of glory on the diamond since… Continue reading

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Romancing The Stone

BBBBB (out of 5) Delightful entertainment combines exotic adventure, action, comedy and romance in one terrific package, expertly written by Leslie Dixon and enthusiastically directed by Robert Zemeckis.  Kathleen Turner is marvelous as… Continue reading

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The Killing Fields

BBBBB (out of 5) Right up there with Missing among the handful of brilliant political thrillers made in the early 80s. Sam Waterston plays Sydney Schanberg, whose writings for the New York Times… Continue reading

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Amadeus

BBBB (out of 5) The difficult, jealous relationship between genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and little-known composer Antonio Salieri is the basis of this fascinating costume drama by Milos Forman. Tom Hulce plays the gifted… Continue reading

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Dune

B (out of 5) Frank Herbert’s immensely popular science-fiction novel (the first in a series) has been turned into an unfortunate clunker of a film, helmed quite badly by David Lynch (he still… Continue reading

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A Soldier’s Story

BBB.5 (out of 5) Tense murder mystery about the murder of an army sergeant (Adolph Caesar) at a Louisiana base in 1944.  Howard E. Rollins, Jr. is superb as a captain who is… Continue reading

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The Times Of Harvey Milk

BBBBB (out of 5) Stultifying documentary about the assassination of two politicians and the subsequent joke of a murder trial that followed. Harvey Milk was a San Francisco councilman on the city’s board… Continue reading

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Dangerous Moves (La Diagonale Du Fou)

BBB (out of 5) Dry but intelligent drama about the clash of political ideologies over a game of chess. Model Soviet citizen Michel Piccoli arrives in Geneva for a world chess championship against… Continue reading

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The Cotton Club

BBBB (out of 5) Only a filmmaker of Francis Ford Coppola’s skill could make such a mess of a film into something so enjoyable. Essentially, the badly plotted screenplay intends to tell of… Continue reading

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Swing Shift

BBB.5 (out of 5) One of the few movies to deal with an important aspect of World War II: the women on the home front. With the men away fighting in the war,… Continue reading

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Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

BBB.5 (out of 5) Long considered the worst of the Indiana Jones trilogy, this is still a grand adventure that is fun to watch over and over again. In this installment, Jones agrees… Continue reading

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The Bostonians

BBBB (out of 5) Henry James’s novel is given first-class treatment by the team of Merchant Ivory. Vanessa Redgrave plays the leader of a group of nineteenth-century Americans dedicated to the advancement of… Continue reading

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Starman

BBB.5 (out of 5) After an alien crash lands on Earth, he finds himself in the home of a young widow (Karen Allen) and takes on the form of her dead husband (Jeff… Continue reading

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Beverly Hills Cop

BBBB (out of 5) After a few good box office hits in the early eighties, Eddie Murphy became a bona fide movie star with this smash success. He plays fast-talking Axel Foley, a Detroit… Continue reading

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Places In The Heart

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Sally Field won her second Academy Award for her strong performance in this rural drama. After her sheriff husband is accidentally shot by a young boy playing with a gun in… Continue reading

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Streetwise

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Heartbreaking documentary that follows the lives of various kids living on the streets of Seattle.  Drugs, prostitution and crime are the everyday norms of these surprisingly camera-ready, charismatic youths,… Continue reading

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The Karate Kid

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Eight years after Rocky brought him critical acclaim and an Academy Award for Best Director, John Avildsen returns to the underdog formula with equally enjoyable results. Ralph Macchio is wonderful… Continue reading

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Broadway Danny Rose

BBBBB (out of 5) This wonderful comedy by Woody Allen finds the great director smack dab in the middle of his greatest successes of the eighties. He plays a small-time talent agent who… Continue reading

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