The Mummy Returns

BBB (out of 5) The energetic cast from Stephen Sommer’s 1999 original returns completely intact with the new addition of the main couple’s son. Taking place a few years after the original adventure, this episode finds our heroes Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz taking on the vicious Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) once again, plus the added…

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The Mummy (1999)

BBB.5 (out of 5) A rollicking good time is to be had with this beautifully filmed though often heavy-handed remake of the classic Boris Karloff horror movie. In this updated and more elaborate version, Imhotep is still the ill-treated lover of the Princess Anck Su Namun who vows to return even from death to be…

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The Tall Guy

BBB.5 (out of 5) Hilarious comedy makes up for its lack of strong plot with some very funny gags. Jeff Goldblum plays an American actor in London whose middling career has him playing straight man to comedian Rowan Atkinson, though it’s mostly just a job consisting of taking Atkinson’s abuse. Things start to change, however,…

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V For Vendetta

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Stepping out into the London night of a futuristic, Orwellian dystopia, Natalie Portman finds herself being harassed by crooked cops for violating a curfew ordinance and is saved from their treachery by a mysterious hero in a Guy Fawkes mask and cape. When England’s ultra-conservative government, the world’s new force after the…

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102 Dalmatians

BBBB (out of 5) The smarmy, overlong and annoying 101 Dalmatians directed by Stephen Herek gets a huge lift from a highly superior sequel, this time directed by Tarzan‘s Kevin Lima. More faithful to the original animated version of the 60s than its predecessor, Lima keeps the pace going and keeps the action lively. This…

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Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason

BB (out of 5) Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time: Renee Zellweger‘s performance as Bridget Jones in the 2001 comedy classic was so effortlessly charming at capturing an awkward woman who never can find her rhythm that it inspired marvelous box office returns and made a sequel an inevitability (not that…

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The Butcher Boy

BB (out of 5) Unappealing drama from Neil Jordan about a ruthlessly militant boy (an excellent Eamonn Owens) who terrorizes his neighbourhood in an attempt to promote his personal (and weird) philosophies on life. Though it takes place in lush 50s Ireland, this is no Angela’s Ashes: some might be amused by the film’s excessive…

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Laws Of Attraction

BB.5 (out of 5) When it comes to divorce court, no one’s style, savvy or determination for success beat that of Audrey Woods (Julianne Moore), the most successful divorce attorney in Manhattan. Enter Daniel Rafferty (Pierce Brosnan), a ruffled, badly mannered import from California who is out to beat Woods’s record. Finding each other on…

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101 Dalmatians (1996)

BB (out of 5) Boring, unnecessarily heavy adaptation of the 1961 Disney classic animated film (which in turn was adapted from the novel by Dodie Smith) now has carefree dalmatian owner Jeff Daniels as a video game designer instead of a songwriter, and wife Joely Richardson as an employee in the fashion house of Cruella De…

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Willow

BBB (out of 5) Coming at the end of a decade of Conan movies and the likes of Red Sonja, this sword-and-sorcery adventures certainly seems to be the best of the era. Warwick Davis plays a diminutive hero who is given the task of safely transporting a child born to prophecy to the castle of an evil queen…

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1492: Conquest Of Paradise (1992)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  France/Spain, 1992.  Gaumont, Légende Films, France 3 Cinéma, Due West, Cyrkfilms, Ministère de la Culture, Spanish Ministry of Culture.  Screenplay by Rose Bosch.  Cinematography by Adrian Biddle.  Produced by Alain Goldman, Ridley Scott.  Music by Vangelis.  Production Design by Norris Spencer.  Costume Design by Charles Knode, Barbara Rutter.  Film Editing by William M. Anderson, Francoise Bonnot, Les…

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Shanghai Knights

BBB (out of 5) By now you should know the formula:  Jackie kicks ass, Owen gives the sass. There’s another exotic Asian jewel to recover, another pretty girl to save, and lots more ridiculous fighting to get into. In this sequel to the highly successful original, Chan once again plays the Chinese Imperial Guard-turned Wild West Sheriff…

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