Tag Archive: Bill Murray

Ghostbusters

BBB.5 (out of 5) Ivan Reitman’s comedy classic has been updated to the new millennium but not a new setting as slimy creatures of the paranormal once again terrorize citizens of New York.… Continue reading

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The Jungle Book (2016)

BB.5 (out of 5) Rudyard Kipling’s tales of a boy raised by wolves have been filmed many times, most famously known as the last Disney animated feature supervised by Walt himself. Saying that… Continue reading

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Dumb And Dumber To

BB (out of 5) Twenty years after they solidified Jim Carrey‘s non-stop reign at the box-office, Harold and Lloyd are back to unleash their special brand of tomfoolery on an unsuspecting world. Jeff… Continue reading

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St. Vincent

BBB (out of 5) The relationship between a young boy and a mean old man begins without much promise when an accident brings them together, a moving truck damaging the tree in Bill… Continue reading

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Stripes

BBBB (out of 5) Bill Murray has a hell of a day when he loses his job and girlfriend at once, finding himself without a hope in the world of living a decent, adult… Continue reading

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

BBBB (out of 5) Wes Anderson turns to the inspiration of Stefan Zweig for a glimpse of old-world European daintiness filtered through his own precious imagination.  Author Jude Law visits a faded grand hotel… Continue reading

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The Monuments Men

BB.5 (out of 5) Nazi Germany is destroying life in Europe and threatening to take over the world, and with America’s entry into the war, George Clooney wants to get involved.  The preservation… Continue reading

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Get Smart

BB.5 (out of 5) The classic Mel Brooks/Buck Henry television series makes it to the big screen brimming with big laughs that make up for its few surprises. Basically a lampooning of the… Continue reading

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Get Low

BBB.5 (out of 5) An ornery old man living alone in the woods (Robert Duvall) shows up in his dusty little town and announces to the local preacher that he wants to arrange… Continue reading

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Groundhog Day

BBBB (out of 5) One of the most wonderful romantic comedies of the decade.  Bill Murray plays a rude, cynical weatherman who is given the dull assignment of travelling to a nearby small town… Continue reading

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Caddyshack

BB (out of 5) Old money and new money collide at an exclusive golf course when crass millionaire Rodney Dangerfield gains entrance and infuriates Ted Knight, who wants to keep things traditional. Young Michael O’Keefe longs… Continue reading

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Cradle Will Rock

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent ensemble comedy about the real life Red Scare events surrounding the birth and quick disappearance of the Federal Theatre Program in the 1930s, a program designed to bring… Continue reading

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Ghostbusters (Ghost Busters)

BBBB (out of 5) After three scientists (Bill Murray, who is terrific, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis) investigating supernatural phenomena are fired from their university and have their grants taken away, they set up… Continue reading

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Ghostbusters II

BBB (out of 5) Tepid sequel finds the gang of Ghostbusters living on skid row now that the city is cleaned of all its paranormal activity and they’ve become a big joke. Working… Continue reading

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Little Shop Of Horrors

BBBB (out of 5) The tremendously popular Broadway musical, based on the Roger Corman horror film of the same name, reaches the screen with fantastic results. Rick Moranis is heroically geeky as a florist’s… Continue reading

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What About Bob?

BBB.5 (out of 5) A psychiatrist will be criticized by his family for not being able to leave his work at the office, but what if his work follows him home? Richard Dreyfuss plays… Continue reading

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Charlie’s Angels

BBB.5 (out of 5) You’re not likely to have more fun at the movies than seeing this excellent update of the popular late-seventies television show.  Drew Barrymore produces and leads a fantastic cast of… Continue reading

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Hyde Park On Hudson

BB (out of 5) Her life diminished by the Depression, Margaret “Daisy” Suckley (Laura Linney) is quick to respond when her distant cousin Franklin D. Roosevelt (Bill Murray) requests her to come be… Continue reading

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Tootsie

BBBBB (out of 5) One of the funniest comedies you’ll ever see, this one also features one of Dustin Hoffman’s best performances. He’s a riot as a struggling actor who has trouble getting… Continue reading

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Larger Than Life

BB.5 (out of 5) Silly little comedy about a man who loses his emotional barriers by befriending an elephant (yes, that’s right, an elephant).  Bill Murray plays an overworked self-help guru who unwittingly… Continue reading

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The Limits Of Control

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jim Jarmusch follows the success of Broken Flowers with a gorgeously photographed triptych into strangeness that doesn’t find the same success with its audience. Isaach De Bankolé is a disaffected… Continue reading

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Broken Flowers

BBBB (out of 5) Offbeat, dryly humorous tale in which Bill Murray is Lost In Translation-level good as an aging Don Juan (aptly named Don Johnson) whose latest girlfriend has just left him… Continue reading

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Coffee And Cigarettes

BB.5 (out of 5) Familiar faces are assembled and given the opportunity to do some riffing in this film experiment by Jim Jarmusch. Each segment has two or three characters (mostly celebrities playing… Continue reading

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Zombieland

BB.5 (out of 5) Yet again, the world has been destroyed by a zombie virus that turns people into flesh-eating monsters. Among the few survivors is a neurotic, list-obsessed young man (Jesse Eisenberg)… Continue reading

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Osmosis Jones

BB.5 (out of 5) Half of this Farrelly Brothers comedy is a delight, while the other half is practically unbearable. A combination of live-action and animation filmmaking, it stars Bill Murray as a… Continue reading

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Meatballs

BBBB (out of 5) It’s hard to imagine a decade’s worth of summer camp movies without this one heading up the list, a randomly plotted, sweetly fun comedy by Ivan Reitman.  Bill Murray… Continue reading

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Scrooged

BBB (out of 5) Cute modernization of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol features Bill Murray in the kind of role that is tailor-made for him. He plays a soulless television executive who on… Continue reading

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The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

BB (out of 5) Once-famous Cousteau-esque ocean explorer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) is at the lowest point he has ever sunk in his life: his filmed adventures in the great big blue are… Continue reading

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

BBBB.5 (out of 5) In adapting a book by Roald Dahl, Wes Anderson finds the perfect balance of perspectives as Dahl’s whimsy is convincingly made Anderson’s own, and the story is fine-tuned to towards the… Continue reading

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The Royal Tenenbaums

BBBBB (out of 5) The creators of Rushmore have returned with an even better comedy, one that centres around a troubled family who have hit rock bottom and need help to be pushed… Continue reading

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Rushmore

BBBB (out of 5) Jason Schwartzman is hilarious as a lovesick student at the titular private school, a member of every possible after school club but failing every subject he’s studying. Olivia Williams… Continue reading

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Moonrise Kingdom

BB.5 (out of 5) Wes Anderson creates another ode to the language of quirk with this disaffected tale of young love between pre-teens. A socially uncomfortable young man spending the summer with Anderson’s… Continue reading

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The Darjeeling Limited

BBBB (out of 5) There’s a moment of pure beauty somewhere in this Wes Anderson film, where Adrien Brody takes the short story his brother just wrote and reads it privately in a secluded… Continue reading

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Lost In Translation

BBBB.5 (out of 5) The subtle charms of this excellent romantic drama are the kind you generally expect from European cinema. Sofia Coppola has made a stunning sophomore directorial effort, a beautifully shot… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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The Man Who Knew Too Little

BBBB (out of 5) Bill Murray is delightful in this spry comedic version of The Game that combines British wit and American slapstick with impressive flair. He plays a doltish Blockbuster Video employee who… Continue reading

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Hamlet (2000)

BBBB (out of 5) Following the trend of placing Shakespeare in modern settings, this very good film moves his classic tale of the moody Dane to contemporary Manhattan. Ethan Hawke plays the title character,… Continue reading

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