13 Going On 30

BBBB (out of 5) It’s 1987, and 13 year-old Jenna Rink is desperate to fit in with the cool kids at school. She even goes as far as alienating her geeky best friend Matt at her birthday party in order to impress ‘in-crowd’ ringleader Lucy. When she’s sprinkled with some birthday wishing dust and announces…

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Dudley-Do-Right

BB (out of 5) Boring, uneventful adaptation of the popular Jay Roach cartoon. Brendan Fraser is a hoot as the bumbling Mountie who is stuck with trying to stop evil villain Snidely (Alfred Molina) all on his own when the town of Semi-Happy Valley abandons him. At stake is the preservation of the law as well…

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Mystery Men

BBB (out of 5) A group of bumbling losers who want to be superheroes get their big chance when Champion City’s actual crime-fighting hero Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear) is kidnapped by the evil Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush) and held hostage. Stealing production design elements from Blade Runner and camera movements from Tim Burton, director Kinka…

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Starsky & Hutch

BB (out of 5) The popular cop show of the seventies is brought to the big screen as an uncomfortable mix of groovy parody and straight whodunit. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson play the titular characters, two disciplinary cases on the force who are put together as an attempt by their superior officer to straighten them both…

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Violet Tendencies

B (out of 5) Violet (Mindy Cohn of Facts of Life fame) is looking for love in the Big Apple but, despite the fact that she is surrounded constantly by gorgeous men, is nowhere near finding it.  The reason?  She spends all her time with gay men, including her roommate (who hosts sex parties for a…

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Showboy

BB (out of 5) Christian Taylor stars in this boring mockumentary he made with Lindy Heymann, in which she plays a fictional version of herself following him around the set of HBO’s Six Feet Under, on which he is a writer. The fiction sets in when Heymann’s cameras accidentally catch Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball…

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10 Attitudes

0 (out of 5) Painful romantic comedy effort shot on unappealingly bland video, about a frustrated man (writer/producer Jason Stuart) looking for love after he catches his boyfriend with a hustler. Told that he needs to go on ten dates before finding the man of his dreams, he hits the internet and answers personal ads…

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The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

BBBB (out of 5) Southern-style tall-tales, genuine romance and a rich sense of nostalgia permeate this highly engrossing, free adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story of the same name. Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) is born under the most unusual circumstances: he begins life as an old man and gradually grows younger until his death…

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The Master of Disguise

0 (out of 5) It really doesn’t get much worse.  Dana Carvey embarrasses himself thoroughly as Pistachio Disguisey, the son of an Italian restaurant owner (James Brolin, and why is he playing an Italian?) who has no idea that his family background is populated by masters of disguise. For generations, the Disguisey family has helped…

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