Family Plot

BBB (out of 5) A wealthy dowager (Cathleen Nesbitt) enlists her psychic (Barbara Harris) to help her with a very private family matter: years ago she forced her sister to give up her illegitimate son for adoption and, now nearing her death without an heir in sight, wants to find the lost child and bequeath…

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A Thousand Clowns

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jason Robards is raising his whipsmart nephew (Barry Gordon) after the boy’s mother left him without explanation, but thanks to his sharing his unconventional view of life with the boy(working every day is for suckers!) has inspired the concern of the welfare board.  Tightass William Daniels and a delightful Barbara Harris (in her…

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The Seduction Of Joe Tynan

BBB (out of 5) Alan Alda‘s Joe Tynan is thrown into a crisis of conscience when he is asked by an old friend (Melvyn Douglas) to back a candidate from the South for the Supreme Court, then finds out that the candidate is actually a documented racist, which goes against Tynan’s own politics. The crisis…

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Jaws: The Revenge

B (out of 5) Or, ‘Look Ma, I’ve Got No Hands!’  Lorraine Gary pulled in a criminal salary for this laughable third sequel to the Steven Spielberg classic, one that finally put the last nail in the series’ coffin. Even Michael Caine looks embarrassed to be in this story about how Gary, Roy Scheider’s widow of parts…

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Ghost Dad

B (out of 5) While in a coma after a bus accident, Bill Cosby‘s spirit leaves his body and roams the city trying to keep watch over his family, though he can only be seen when it is dark enough for his aura to materialize. This is one of those movies that encompasses two of…

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The Crow

BB (out of 5) Adaptation of the popular comic book has its place in film history for being the last film to star Brandon Lee (son of Bruce), who died tragically in a shooting accident during filming.  Several of his scenes were computer graphically recreated to complete production, likely the main reason why a majority of its…

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

BBBB (out of 5) Comedic romp through the world of con artists is the lighter sibling to The Grifters.  Michael Caine plays a world class con man who swindles royals out of their jewels with fake sob stories until he meets his match in small-time grifter Steve Martin.  The two of them realize that the coastal…

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TMNT

BB.5 (out of 5) The toy craze of the early 90s is resurrected in this charming animated film that will definitely distract the youngsters. Leonardo is the leader of the four mutant turtles who haven’t been on the surface of society for a long time, training and preparing under the tutelage of their sensei Splitter…

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Babe: Pig In The City

BBB (out of 5) Weird sequel to the classic 1995 comedy doesn’t come anywhere near the perfection of its predecessor but is a curiousity in itself. George Miller (who produced the first instalment) takes over the director’s helm and comes up with a visual style so visceral and post-apocalyptic where Chris Noonan’s was wry and…

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Fatal Attraction (1987)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by James Dearden, based on his short film.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Sherry Lansing, Stanley R. Jaffe.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Peter E. Berger, Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.   Michael Douglas plays a hapless married man who is left…

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White Palace

BBB.5 (out of 5) Rich, young advertising executive James Spader stops at a local diner and orders food from a forty-something waitress (Susan Sarandon). Somehow, these people from completely different spheres of life manage to take a liking to each other, crossing generational and social barriers and falling deeply in love. Even better, the film itself…

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Dinosaur

BB (out of 5) Among the worst fully-animated Disney films is this incredibly boring retread of every hero-fighting-the-odds-of-normality tale that takes place in the world of the great prehistoric lizards. The computer animation is completely dazzling, the folks over at the Mouse studio having certainly outdone themselves.  Without a good script and quite frankly, without…

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