Sweet November

BBB (out of 5) Charlize Theron gives an excellent performance as a free-spirited young woman who unlocks the guarded heart of a cold and selfish advertising executive (Reeves), getting him to leave his job behind and awaken to his real emotions. She shows him the best parts of life and then goes all terminal illness on … More Sweet November

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Message In A Bottle

BBB.5 (out of 5) Poetic cinematography and an unapologetically hammy romantic feel will go over extremely well with those in the mood for melodrama. Robin Wright is excellent as a single woman who discovers a bottle on the beach with a letter inside. After much extensive research she traces the bottle back to a seashore-abiding widowed … More Message In A Bottle

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Pay It Forward

BB (out of 5) Horrendously cheesy film, its excellent performance by Helen Hunt swamped by directionless direction by Mimi Leder and a hackneyed screenplay. The plot follows the plight of a troubled and shy young boy (Haley Joel Osment, his first post-Academy Award nomination role) who is given an assignment at school to change the world … More Pay It Forward

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Rock Star

BBB.5 (out of 5) Delightfully committed performances make this comedy work, even when the uneven screenplay is at its weakest. Mark Wahlberg plays a die-hard heavy metal fan whose obsession with a particular band called Steel Dragon has gone as far as his fronting a tribute band. When the lead singer of the real group … More Rock Star

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Proof Of Life

BB (out of 5) Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe star in this political thriller about a woman whose life is turned upside down when her engineer husband (David Morse) is kidnapped by a revolutionary army in a fictitious South American country. Crowe plays the hostage negotiations expert who helps get her husband back after months of being … More Proof Of Life

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The Replacements

BB (out of 5) Fairly funny film that clunks along from scene to scene, never building up much in the way of comedic momentum. The film is weighed down by dull performances, from Keanu Reeves as a scab football player hired during a professional players’ strike, to Gene Hackman in a tired bit as the coach who thinks he’s seen it … More The Replacements

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Collateral Damage

BB.5 (out of 5) If The Sixth Day and End Of Days signaled the end of Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s box office reign, Collateral Damage made it official. The real disappointment is that Arnold’s earlier, more successful movies weren’t just popular, they were really good:  what’s better than a night of watching The Terminator, Terminator II, Predator, True … More Collateral Damage

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