Tag Archive: Christopher Walken

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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Jersey Boys

BB (out of 5) Clint Eastwood adapts the hit Broadway musical that covers the career of the Four Seasons, from a group of young kids singing under a street lamp to their fame… Continue reading

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Illuminata

BB (out of 5) Too strange to be memorable, this odd mess of a film concerns a nineteenth-century minor theatre group putting on an opera. An A-list cast that includes John Turturro (who also… Continue reading

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Blast From The Past

BBBB (out of 5) Brendan Fraser stars as a man raised for thirty-five years in a bomb shelter with his Communist-paranoid parents (Sissy Spacek, Christopher Walken) who mistakenly took an airplane falling on their… Continue reading

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The Affair Of The Necklace

BBB (out of 5) Hilary Swank‘s faultless performance in this sudsy costume melodrama almost convinces you to forgive all the drawbacks that keep it from being great. She plays a mistreated woman of… Continue reading

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Hairspray (2007)

BBBB (out of 5) A teenager in the 1960s decides to fight racial segregation and is met with serious threats to her future; sounds like an update of Mississippi Burning until you add… Continue reading

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The Comfort Of Strangers

BB.5 (out of 5) British travellers in Italy Natasha Richardson and Rupert Everett become the unwitting houseguests of a very strange, wealthy Venetian (Christopher Walken with very tall hair) and his affected wife (Helen Mirren). The… Continue reading

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America’s Sweethearts

B (out of 5) Flat, boring and completely unsympathetic romantic comedy that wastes the talent of everyone involved. Billy Crystal (who wrote and produced) plays a publicity director at a major Hollywood studio… Continue reading

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The Milagro Beanfield War

BBB (out of 5) A tiny town in New Mexico which has been perfectly quiet for centuries is suddenly the centre of action when a land developer threatens to turn the place upside… Continue reading

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The Stepford Wives (2004)

BB.5 (out of 5) Updating a novel written in the sixties that was a satiric examination of America’s response to the new feminism might seem as pointless as Guy Ritchie’s modernizing Lina Wertmuller’s… Continue reading

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Kangaroo Jack

B.5 (out of 5) Jerry O’Connell and Anthony Anderson have great chemistry as two best friends who are assigned by O’Connell’s mafia stepfather (Christopher Walken) to go to Australia and deliver a money package to… Continue reading

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Domino

BB (out of 5) Keira Knightley gets tough in this biopic of Hollywood progeny-gone-bad Domino Harvey, daughter of British movie star Laurence Harvey. After losing her father at a young age, Domino’s mother (Jacqueline… Continue reading

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Catch Me If You Can

BBBB (out of 5) For almost three years in the sixties, high school student Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) traveled the world masquerading as a Pan-Am pilot, a doctor and a lawyer, cashing… Continue reading

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Man On Fire

BB (out of 5) This film operates under the grave misapprehension that, once taken, anyone would want Dakota Fanning back. Somehow, Radha Mitchell has given birth to the whitest child on Earth with Marc… Continue reading

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True Romance

BB (out of 5) Quentin Tarantino wrote the screenplay for this excessively violent road picture directed by Tony Scott. Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette are excellent as lovers on the lam who are trying to… Continue reading

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Pennies From Heaven

BBBB (out of 5) The dark days of the Depression are set against the bright lights of Hollywood musicals in this terrific film by Herbert Ross.   Steve Martin plays an unhappy travelling salesman… Continue reading

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A View To A Kill

BBB.5 (out of 5) Roger Moore was far too old to be playing the world’s greatest superspy by the time he got around to filming his last James Bond adventure, something even he admitted,… Continue reading

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Wedding Crashers

B (out of 5) This is the kind of movie that stupid people watch and say things like ‘I just wanted something fun to help me forget my troubles’.  If forgetting your troubles… Continue reading

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Antz

BBB.5 (out of 5) The sophisticated wit in this computer-animated comedy might go over most little tots’ heads.  Adults, however, will enjoy seeing an ant with a serial number instead of a name… Continue reading

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The Dead Zone

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent adaptation of a Stephen King novel, and one of David Cronenberg’s most emotionally surprising films. Christopher Walken has a career high with his terrific performance as a schoolteacher… Continue reading

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Click

BB (out of 5) Adam Sandler whips out the ‘concept comedy’ wand once again for this ridiculous film.  He plays an overworked architect (is there something cinematic about architecture that makes it so common… Continue reading

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At Close Range

BBB (out of 5) Powerful drama that tells a dark tale while also addressing the lack of opportunities for America’s poor to escape their surroundings. Sean Penn grows up in the rural south… Continue reading

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Roseland

BB.5 (out of 5) Three stories all take place in the now-faded Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan, decades after the place was a hot spot for hoofers of the jazz age. In one, Teresa… Continue reading

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The Deer Hunter

BBBBB (out of 5) One of the very best films of the seventies and one of the best war films ever made, this excellent drama captures the frustration and rage that the Vietnam… Continue reading

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Heaven’s Gate

B.5 (out of 5) Bleeding heart sentimentality has led many critics to hail this as a misunderstood masterpiece in recent years, but the truth is (and yes, I know better than anyone else)… Continue reading

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Gigli

B (out of 5) Ben Affleck plays a gangster who is assigned to watch over a mentally challenged young man (Justin Bartha) whose Federal attorney brother is causing trouble for Affleck’s East Coast… Continue reading

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Excess Baggage

B (out of 5) Unfunny, awkward comedy about a poor little rich girl (Alicia Silverstone) who feels so ignored by her father (Jack Thompson) that she fakes her own kidnapping. Plans go awry… Continue reading

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Pulp Fiction

BBBB (out of 5) Independent film became a truly commercial entity when Quentin Tarantino’s brilliant drama hit the big screens and took audiences by storm. It’s an epic piece about low-level gangsters, a… Continue reading

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The Rundown

BB (out of 5) Remember the good old days of Romancing The Stone and Indiana Jones when adventure movies actually had adventure?  Despite the impressive presence of Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), who really does… Continue reading

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Dark Horse

BBB (out of 5) Rotund underachiever Jordan Gelber meets moody Selma Blair at a wedding and decides that she is his opportunity to move on from his parents’ home and get married. Currently, his lifestyle… Continue reading

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Batman Returns

BBBB.5 (out of 5) The best of the first four Batman films is this excellent adventure by Tim Burton. It takes the already impressive original and, this time, offers more background to the… Continue reading

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Sleepy Hollow

BBBB (out of 5) Deliciously gothic fun from Tim Burton that rivals any of the neo-realized classic horror-story films (Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein) made up until this point. Johnny Depp is wonderful as… Continue reading

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Basquiat

BB (out of 5) The life and work of Jean-Michel Basquiat is divulged in this uninteresting biopic that stars the enigmatic Jeffrey Wright in the lead role. Basquiat was a street artist in early… Continue reading

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Nick of Time

BB.5 (out of 5) Johnny Depp plays an innocent bystander whose daughter is suddenly kidnapped by unknown thugs and he finds out what he has to do to get her back:  assassinate an important… Continue reading

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A Late Quartet

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Christopher Walken, Mark Ivanir, Catherine Keener and Philip Seymour Hoffman have been successfully performing as a string quartet for twenty five seasons when this intelligent and sober but richly absorbing film… Continue reading

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Annie Hall

BBBBB (out of 5) La dee da, la la. Woody Allen takes a sharp turn away from slapstick and gives birth to comedy genius. Natural, observant dialogue and moments of romantic poignancy chart the… Continue reading

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