Endless Love

0 (out of 5) This is quite simply one of the most painful movies ever made. I don’t mean that the emotions are so strong that they make it hard to bear the lovers’ anguish, I mean that the film is so terrible that I have a physical reaction while watching it. Brooke Shields plays a…

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Sweet Home Alabama

BB (out of 5) Even those who love a predictable romantic comedy will find this one hopelessly hokey.  Reese Witherspoon is buoyantly charming as a Manhattan fashion designer whose JFK-Jr.-esque boyfriend (Patrick Dempsey) proposes marriage to her. She readily accepts, but doesn’t mention to him that her marriage to her husband back home in Alabama (Josh…

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Norbit

0 (out of 5) Eddie Murphy has had a few dogs in his highly successful career, but it’s still surprising to think that this piece of garbage could involve him. Teaming up with makeup wizard Rick Baker, Murphy plays three characters: the title role, a soft-spoken dweeb who is raised in an orphanage, an (offensively stereotyped)…

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Lucky You

B (out of 5) Unbearable mess about a gambling addict (Eric Bana) who meets a sweet Las Vegas lounge singer (Drew Barrymore) and risks the possibility of moving away from destruction and towards something healthy. He can’t back away from the opportunity of a lifetime, however, when a poker championship beckons and his star opponent…

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Elizabethtown

B (out of 5) Cameron Crowe’s successor to the wonderful films Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous is this unmitigated mess that tries to capture the best of both films (basically the quirky romance and kickass soundtrack).  Orlando Bloom plays a designer for a sportswear corporation who loses his company a billion dollars when his innovative design…

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Almost Famous

BBBB (out of 5) Cameron Crowe pays a wonderful tribute to rock-and-roll of the seventies with an ensemble cast that ranges from terrific (Fairuza Balk really stands out) to terrible (Anna Paquin really stands out). The story follows a young teenage reporter (Patrick Fugit) who writes for Rolling Stone magazine and is doing a cover…

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Domestic Disturbance

BB.5 (out of 5) John Travolta and wife Teri Polo have divorced amicably and without much ado regarding custody of their pre-teen son (Matt O’Leary), but the boy is still showing signs of angst over their split. Now that mom is remarrying a business tycoon (Vince Vaughn) recently moved to their small eastern seaboard town, the son’s…

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