The Last Samurai

BBB.5 (out of 5) After participating in a number of Civil War battles (many of which helped decimate the populations of natives in North America), an embittered, drunken veteran (Tom Cruise) follows his superior officers to Japan in search of big money. He has been hired by the emperor to train the country’s army in…

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City Of Angels

BBB.5 (out of 5) Stylish and poetic remake of Wim Wenders’ classic Wings of Desire, featuring Nicolas Cage as the wandering angel in search of his own humanity, and Meg Ryan as the love interest (now a surgeon instead of a circus performer) who inspires him to fall to earth and be a mortal. Cage takes the…

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October Sky

BBBB (out of 5) Jake Gyllenhaal‘s impressive starring debut was in this excellent family drama. It’s the true story of Homer Hickam (you know a writer wouldn’t make up that name), a boy from a West Virginia coal mining town who, along with his three best friends, dreams of being a rocket scientist after witnessing…

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The Velocity Of Gary * * (Not His Real Name)

BB.5 (out of 5) Appealing characters are a plus in this uneven romantic drama about two very outspoken individuals (Thomas Jane, Salma Hayek) who are both in love with terminally ill porn star Vincent D’Onofrio. When D’Onofrio isn’t in the mood for one he’s with the other, and his two lovers soon find themselves working…

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The Rookie

BBB (out of 5) Dennis Quaid plays a high school baseball coach who was once in line to make it to the majors but had to quit after an injury ruined his dreams of being a star player. Now a married man (to beautiful Rachel Griffiths) and father, Quaid is convinced by his ballplayers to once…

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The Fast And The Furious

BBB.5 (out of 5) The California amateur drag-racing scene is the setting for this exciting car movie, and like the title suggests it is very fast and extremely furious, not to mention fun. Paul Walker stars as a novice race car driver (but is that all he is?) who joins a race car gang led by…

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Mercury Rising

BB.5 (out of 5) Anyone looking to spend an easy two hours with their favourite action hero will have a good time. Bruce Willis is his usual reluctant hero self, forced to protect a young autistic boy when the child accidentally decodes a top secret government weapons code (apparently the CIA puts these things in word…

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