Hamlet (1990)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Mel Gibson is excellent in the title role of the much-depressed Danish prince whose recent loss of his father has put him into a quandary: is it possible to forgive his mother (Glenn Close) for immediately following the death of her husband with the marriage of her husband’s brother? When his father’s … More Hamlet (1990)

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Ghost

BBB.5 (out of 5) Audiences always love a good romance, and when it’s spiced up by a nifty murder mystery and some supernatural plot elements, it’s not possible to believe that you have anything but a winner. This extremely enjoyable melodrama was released to ecstatic audience response, and along with Pretty Woman ruled the box … More Ghost

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Metropolitan

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Whit Stillman took the art house by storm with this witty and intelligent social drama. It takes place in the world of New York debutantes of the 1970s (though attempts at period authenticity are lax), with a group of socialites gossiping about each other for two hours. The protagonist of the … More Metropolitan

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The Field

BBBB (out of 5) Exceptional drama based on the play by John B. Keane, and Jim Sheridan’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning My Left Foot. Richard Harris is superb as “Bull” McCabe, whose family has been farming a gorgeous, grassy field for generations, its lustrous green colour the result of their lugging seaweed from the ocean and … More The Field

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Flatliners

BBB.5 (out of 5) Apparently medical school doesn’t keep you busy enough: a group of students find that taking themselves to the brink of death gives them insights to the great beyond. It also gives them strange visions relating to their own long-kept memories and childhood experiences that start to seep into their waking life … More Flatliners

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Pretty Woman

BBB (out of 5) After you have finished enjoying the adorably plucky Julia Roberts, don’t you ever notice that you’re watching a romantic comedy where a man falls in love with his sex servant? Roberts plays Vivian, a worldly prostitute who turns out to be a big virgin when her latest sugardaddy (Richard Gere) hands her … More Pretty Woman

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Awakenings

BBBB (out of 5) Dr. Oliver Sacks’ autobiographical account of his years dealing with comatose patients makes for absorbing viewing in this touching, intelligent film. Sacks (Robin Williams) is presented with a room full of patients who all suffered during an encephalitis epidemic and fell into comas from which they have yet to awaken. Sacks’ … More Awakenings

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