Deep Rising

BB (out of 5) Lame sea adventure that should have remained at the bottom of the ocean, in the great tradition of similar films like Leviathan before it and Ghost Ship after. Treat Williams plays the skipper of a boat that has been hired to transport what turn out to be pirates to the middle…

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Rush Hour

BBB.5 (out of 5) One of the most fun action films to come out in a long while is the successful pairing of fast-talking L.A. cop Chris Tucker and martial arts-fighting Hong Kong supercop Jackie Chan investigating a kidnapping of a Chinese dignitary’s daughter. Brett Ratner keeps it up at lightning speed and the gorgeous production design…

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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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Ray

BBBB (out of 5) On the cusp of a terrific career in music, pianist Ray Charles Robinson, later to be known only by his first and middle name, defines a style of performance that incorporates jazz, swing and gospel to an effect that some call sacrilegious but everyone else finds irresistible. He also discovers a…

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