Addams Family Values

BBBB (out of 5) In this superior sequel to the 1991 comedy, the kooky, creepy Addams family find themselves welcoming a new addition to their family: a baby boy! Now the two older children, Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) are thrown in a jealous tizzy, while the baby’s new nanny (Joan Cusack) captures…

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Mr. Wrong

BB.5 (out of 5) Ellen DeGeneres is funny in this flat comedy by Nick Castle, about a television producer who has no idea that the seemingly perfect guy (Bill Pullman) who just fell into her lap is a complete psycho. At first he seems terrific:  the sex is great, the conversation even better, and boy doesn’t he…

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Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1984.  Orion Pictures, Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1984.  Golden Globe Awards 1984.   This wonderful comedy by Woody Allen finds the great director smack dab…

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The Purple Rose Of Cairo (1985)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1985.  Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions, Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Music by Dick Hyman.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1985.  Golden Globe Awards 1985.   In 1984, Woody Allen gave La Strada a twist with…

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Shadows And Fog (1991)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1991.  Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.   Woody Allen really misfires in this Kafka-esque comedy that only his diehard fans will truly enjoy (and even then they’ll have to work…

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Betsy’s Wedding

BBB.5 (out of 5) In this unofficial remake of Father of the Bride, Molly Ringwald announces to her parents (Alan Alda, who also directs, and Madeline Kahn) that she is happily in love with Dylan Walsh and wants to get married. Trying to not to go in for her dad’s desire for a huge, splashy wedding, Ringwald…

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