Category Archive: Golden Globe 1984

Irreconcilable Differences

BB.5 (out of 5) Divorce between a couple is one thing, but what do you do when a little girl tells you she wants to divorce her parents? That’s the conundrum a judge… 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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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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All Of Me

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Among the very best performances Steve Martin has ever given. During a ritualistic ceremony in which an Indian guru (the painfully unfunny racial stereotype being the film’s only flaw) tries… 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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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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A Sunday In The Country (Un Dimanche A La Campagne)

BBBB (out of 5) An aging painter lives in the countryside of France and is visited every Sunday by his hard-working son, his daughter-in-law and their children. This particular Sunday there is also… 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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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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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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Body Double

BBB.5 (out of 5) A struggling actor (Craig Wasson) breaks up with his girlfriend after he finds her in bed with another man. Busy working on a vampire B-movie and in immediate need… 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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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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Paris, Texas

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Wim Wenders’ American family saga may at first seem dry and uninteresting, but give it a chance and you’ll have warmed up to it thoroughly by the end. It’s… 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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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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Mrs. Soffel

BBB (out of 5) This fact-based romance is a passable soap opera, elevated beyond its status by a genre-bending performance by Diane Keaton (costume drama is not the first thing you associate her with,… 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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