Norbit

0 (out of 5) Eddie Murphy has had a few dogs in his highly successful career, but it’s still surprising to think that this piece of garbage could involve him. Teaming up with makeup wizard Rick Baker, Murphy plays three characters: the title role, a soft-spoken dweeb who is raised in an orphanage, an (offensively stereotyped)…

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The Other Sister

BBB (out of 5) Juliette Lewis‘ heartfelt performance adds much gravity to this sudsy comedy-drama by schlockmeister Garry Marshall. She plays the mentally challenged daughter of Diane Keaton and Tom Skerritt who has spent most of her life in a posh institution and has now finally grown up and returned home to live with her family. The…

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Bugsy

BBB (out of 5) Thoroughly overrated gangster movie tells the true story of Benjamin Siegel (Warren Beatty) and his dream to build Las Vegas. Beatty, after years of being criticized for his placid, overly subtle performances, decided that this project was the perfect vehicle to show off a little more energy, and that he does….

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Living Out Loud

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Powerful film inspired by Chekhov stories from first-time director and accomplished screenwriter Richard LaGravenese. Holly Hunter superbly plays a recent divorcee who has no idea that reclaiming her own identity after her husband (Martin Donovan) leaves her for a much younger woman will be a long journey of self-discovery and painful missteps….

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The Black Dahlia

BBB.5 (out of 5) Josh Hartnett plays a homicide cop on the LAPD who, along with partner Aaron Eckhart, becomes involved in solving the murder of a young actress (Mia Kirshner, who is fantastic even if her scenes feel like they’re from a different movie) when her horrifically mutilated body is discovered behind a brothel. Hartnett’s…

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Casino

BBBB (out of 5) Fantastic Martin Scorsese gangster film about the Camelot-like rise and fall of a casino empire. Robert De Niro plays an ace bookie who is chosen by his hood friends to be the frontman for one of the most explosively impressive casinos in Las Vegas. He meets call girl Ginger (Sharon Stone),…

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Ed Wood

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Stunning film biography of late B-movie filmmaker Edward D. Wood, Jr., that could be director Tim Burton’s masterpiece. Shot in gorgeous, sumptuous black-and-white, it stars a phenomenal Johnny Depp in the title role, a hack of a director with zero talent but grand ambition who is responsible for such hilarious anti-classics as…

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