Tag Archive: Danny DeVito

The Comedian

BB (out of 5) A once-famous comic (Robert De Niro) has to settle for the crummy gigs his devoted agent (Edie Falco) gets for him, divey bars outside the city where crowds mostly ignore… Continue reading

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Wiener-Dog

BB.5 (out of 5) Todd Solondz once again takes a central character on a stroll through a set of discrete narratives, but this time instead of the young woman of constantly shifting identity (Palindromes), the narrative… Continue reading

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A Walk Among The Tombstones

BBB.5 (out of 5) Years after a bad experience made him turn his back on the police force, Liam Neeson has become an unlicensed private detective (which means he only does the odd favour… Continue reading

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What’s The Worst That Could Happen?

B (out of 5) A Donald E. Westlake novel has once again proven to make for an awkward and unhip comedy on screen.  Fernando Trueba’s half-baked Two Much is followed by this comedy about a… Continue reading

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The Jewel Of The Nile

BB (out of 5) One of the worst sequels ever made to an excellent film, this messy adventure’s shaggy plot defies all description. Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner reunite as the adventurous couple who travel… Continue reading

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Reality Bites

BBB (out of 5) Gen X-ers graduate from college and are unable to find themselves a place in the new ‘real’ world that daunts them.  Winona Ryder displays a dollop of star quality… Continue reading

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Get Shorty

BBBBB (out of 5) Flawless adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel about a shylock gangster (John Travolta at his coolest) who travels to Los Angeles to collect on an overdue payment and ends up… Continue reading

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Car Wash

BBB.5 (out of 5) Thoroughly enjoyable ensemble comedy that covers a day at work with the employees of an L.A. car wash in a loosely plotted, Altmanesque fashion. Celebrity cameos, including Richard Pryor,… Continue reading

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Austin Powers In Goldmember

BB (out of 5) In the first installment of this comedy series, Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery, writer/star Mike Myers surrounded a bunch of hysterical sight gags with a witty premise that… Continue reading

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Junior

BBB.5 (out of 5) When genetic scientists Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito can’t get their anti-miscarriage drug approved by the national drug board, they decide to try it out on a test subject in order… Continue reading

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Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

BBB.5 (out of 5) Gorgeously animated comedy from the Dr. Seuss book, beginning in a town made entirely out of plastic where no nature exists and the most powerful citizen is a zillionaire… Continue reading

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The Good Night

B (out of 5) Abysmal attempt at ensemble drama, starring Martin Freeman as a former pop star now writing jingles who is caught between two women: his devotion to his bitter and unlikable girlfriend… Continue reading

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Renaissance Man

B (out of 5) Dead Poets Society goes to the army when Danny DeVito loses his position at a swanky advertising firm and is forced to take a job teaching English at an army… Continue reading

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Living Out Loud

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Powerful film inspired by Chekhov stories from first-time director and accomplished screenwriter Richard LaGravenese. Holly Hunter superbly plays a recent divorcee who has no idea that reclaiming her own identity… Continue reading

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Solitary Man

BBB (out of 5) Michael Douglas has seen better days in this sober comedy/drama; he was once a kingpin car dealer with a Midas-level touch and cash to burn. Now he has been destroyed… Continue reading

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The Oh In Ohio

B (out of 5) Unwatchable dreck that is a disappointment considering the cast involved.  Parker Posey plays a successful VP who has a terrible secret in her personal life: she has never enjoyed an… Continue reading

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Be Cool

BBB.5 (out of 5) Being cool is the one thing you don’t need to tell John Travolta to be, especially not in the one role that has suited him more than any other he’s… Continue reading

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Drowning Mona

B (out of 5) Very unfunny comedy about the murder of a woman whom everybody in the town has completely hated for years. Bette Midler as the foul-mouthed victim of the crime is… Continue reading

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Romancing The Stone

BBBBB (out of 5) Delightful entertainment combines exotic adventure, action, comedy and romance in one terrific package, expertly written by Leslie Dixon and enthusiastically directed by Robert Zemeckis.  Kathleen Turner is marvelous as… Continue reading

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Man On The Moon

BBB (out of 5) Shallow biopic of controversial comedian Andy Kaufman, most famous for his role as Latka on Taxi. Jim Carrey is brilliant as Kaufman (and all his alter egos), who was… Continue reading

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One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

BBBB (out of 5) After being sentenced to jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Jack Nicholson convinces the authorities that he is crazy enough to serve his sentence in a… Continue reading

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Death To Smoochy

B (out of 5) It’s hard to imagine movies sinking lower in quality than this listless comedy directed by Danny DeVito.  Robin Williams plays a children’s show host whose career is destroyed when… Continue reading

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Matilda

BBBB (out of 5) Hilarious comedy based on the Roald Dahl book. Mara Wilson is perfect as the precocious young woman who is born to inattentive parents (director Danny DeVito and real-life wife… Continue reading

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Hoffa

BBB.5 (out of 5) The sordid life and rise to power of Teamster Union president James R. Hoffa is the subject of this charismatic biopic. Jack Nicholson, under heavy makeup including a prosthetic… Continue reading

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The War Of The Roses

BBBB (out of 5) First we see them meet and fall in love; later they are happily married with two children and a giant mansion to live in. Should be perfect, except that… Continue reading

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Throw Momma From The Train

BBB.5 (out of 5) This enjoyable comedy takes Hitchcock’s Strangers On A Train and adds humour. Danny DeVito plays a put-upon mama’s boy who is so desperate to be free of his clingy… Continue reading

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The Rainmaker (1997)

BB (out of 5) Matt Damon preceded his Good Will Hunting Oscar win with this unbalanced John Grisham adaptation about a young lawyer newly out of school.  He takes on a David vs.… Continue reading

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Hercules (1997)

BBBB (out of 5) Fun-filled musical from Disney animation has the Greek legend of Hercules retold in Motown style, with a fabulous chorus of singers and a cast of infectiously adorable characters. Hercules… Continue reading

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Terms Of Endearment

BBB.5 (out of 5) Like Kramer Vs. Kramer, this moving drama is a straightforward, honestly emotional account of the ups and downs of family relationships.  Shirley MacLaine shines as a commanding Texas matriarch whose… Continue reading

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Out Of Sight

BBBBB (out of 5) Ultra-cool tale of an ex-con bank robber (George Clooney) who falls in love with the FBI Agent (Jennifer Lopez) on his tail. Ving Rhames shines as Clooney’s partner in crime… Continue reading

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The Virgin Suicides

BBB.5 (out of 5) Budding teenage sexuality drips from every frame of this promising debut by Sofia Coppola, adapted from the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides. Five girls live in a repressive environment created… 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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Mars Attacks!

BB.5 (out of 5) Somewhat fun but mostly ponderous exercise in silliness that even Tim Burton’s imaginative camerawork can’t improve. The mammoth cast, including Jack Nicholson (in two roles), Glenn Close and Annette… Continue reading

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Big Fish

BBB.5 (out of 5) Billy Crudup goes three years without speaking to his boastful, tall tale-telling father (Albert Finney) before returning to him when he learns that he is terminally ill with cancer.… Continue reading

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Gattaca

BBBB  (out of 5) Ethan Hawke plays a young man in a futuristic world where parents have the option to biologically engineer their children to be genetically superior to all others. Whereas his brother… Continue reading

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I’m Still Here

BB.5 (out of 5) Joaquin Phoenix announced to the press in 2009 that he was done with acting and would be transitioning to his new career as a rap artist. As revealed by this… Continue reading

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L.A. Confidential

BBBBB (out of 5) Hands-down my favourite American film of the nineties. Curtis Hanson shocked the world by proving to be not only a great director but an auteur with this unbeatable adaptation… Continue reading

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Anything Else

BB (out of 5) Woody Allen has hit an all-time career low with this absolutely despicable comedy. Jason Biggs stars as a fledgling comedy writer who has trouble leaving people behind, even when they’re not… Continue reading

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Ruthless People

BBBB (out of 5) Fantastic comedy that relaunched Bette Midler‘s movie career and helped boost Danny DeVito‘s as well. She plays the spoiled rich heiress to a clothing company whose husband (DeVito) hates… Continue reading

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