The Nightmare Before Christmas

BBBB (out of 5) Awe-inspiring animation is the highlight of this excellent musical that teams Disney up with the brilliantly whacky mind of Tim Burton. The story is of Jack Skellington, a skeleton with a pumpkin head who reigns as King of Hallowe’en Town (the place where Hallowe’en comes from, of course). Jack is tired…

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Jaws: The Revenge

B (out of 5) Or, ‘Look Ma, I’ve Got No Hands!’  Lorraine Gary pulled in a criminal salary for this laughable third sequel to the Steven Spielberg classic, one that finally put the last nail in the series’ coffin. Even Michael Caine looks embarrassed to be in this story about how Gary, Roy Scheider’s widow of parts…

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Bounce

BB (out of 5) Idiotic romance that insults its viewers and degrades the images of the actors involved. Ben Affleck gives a surprisingly bad performance as a man who must confront a widow after her husband dies on a plane crash that he was supposed to be on (he and Mr. Dead Guy had switched…

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Ghost Dad

B (out of 5) While in a coma after a bus accident, Bill Cosby‘s spirit leaves his body and roams the city trying to keep watch over his family, though he can only be seen when it is dark enough for his aura to materialize. This is one of those movies that encompasses two of…

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Fatal Attraction (1987)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by James Dearden, based on his short film.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Sherry Lansing, Stanley R. Jaffe.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Peter E. Berger, Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.   Michael Douglas plays a hapless married man who is left…

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White Palace

BBB.5 (out of 5) Rich, young advertising executive James Spader stops at a local diner and orders food from a forty-something waitress (Susan Sarandon). Somehow, these people from completely different spheres of life manage to take a liking to each other, crossing generational and social barriers and falling deeply in love. Even better, the film itself…

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Dinosaur

BB (out of 5) Among the worst fully-animated Disney films is this incredibly boring retread of every hero-fighting-the-odds-of-normality tale that takes place in the world of the great prehistoric lizards. The computer animation is completely dazzling, the folks over at the Mouse studio having certainly outdone themselves.  Without a good script and quite frankly, without…

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Popeye

BB (out of 5) Robert Altman’s dedication to experimentation and open collaboration with his cast and crew are both the most impressive aspect of his artistry but also his great vulnerability: when he pulls it off it’s a wonder to behold, but when it doesn’t work it is barely worth sitting through. He tries his…

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