Tag Archive: David Newman

The Phantom

BB (out of 5) A shady New York City gangster (Treat Williams) is looking to gain possession of three skulls with mystical powers that will give him reign over the world.  Thankfully, there’s… Continue reading

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The Cat In The Hat

0 (out of 5) It’s rather difficult to decide what’s the worst aspect of this dreadful adaptation of the popular Dr. Seuss novel. Could it be the painfully queasy production design that seems… Continue reading

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Jinxed

BB (out of 5) A blackjack dealer (Ken Wahl) is in a major professional crisis when a lowlife gambler (Rip Torn) feeds off his luck and gets him fired from every casino on… 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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I Love Trouble

BBB (out of 5) Julia Roberts  is obviously having a gas in this mild-mannered romantic comedy, in which she and Nick Nolte play competing reporters for different newspapers who end up working the same… Continue reading

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The Nutty Professor (1996)

BBBB (out of 5) Eddie Murphy  is brilliant in this hilarious remake of the Jerry Lewis classic. He plays a pleasingly plump university science professor who develops a potion that turns him into a… Continue reading

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Ice Age

BB.5 (out of 5) Twentieth Century-Fox has once again made an attempt to break into the major animation racket with this winsome comedy, following in the footsteps of two commercial disasters, Anastasia and… Continue reading

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Bedazzled

BB.5 (out of 5) Fairly diverting comedy remake of the 1960s Stanley Donen cult favourite, this time with Brendan Fraser selling his soul to the devil in exchange for seven wishes that give him… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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The Marrying Man

B.5 (out of 5) A 1940s playboy (Alec Baldwin) is all set to marry his pure hearted lady love (Elisabeth Shue) when disaster strikes: he meets a gorgeous nightclub singer (Kim Basinger, then… Continue reading

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My Life In Ruins

BB.5 (out of 5) Seven years after her big, fat Greek wedding changed the face of ethnic comedies forever, Nia Vardalos is back and this time, she’s heading for the homeland. She plays… Continue reading

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How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days

BB.5 (out of 5) Kate Hudson plays a journalist whose Cosmopolitan-esque magazine constantly has her finding new ways to tell the same stories about romance and personal grooming in the Big Apple. When… Continue reading

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Duets

BB (out of 5) Looking for a good musical? Bypass this one quickly, about a group of shallow characters who work their way towards a national karaoke contest. Scott Speedman plays the sleepy-eyed cutiepie… Continue reading

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Galaxy Quest

BBBB (out of 5) Marvelous science-fiction comedy about a troupe of has-been actors who were once stars of a Star Trek-like television show called Galaxy Quest, now making most of their money at… Continue reading

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Monster-In-Law

BB.5 (out of 5) Romance blooms between a dog-walker/office temp (Jennifer Lopez) and a successful doctor (Michael Vartan), with things moving at a steady pace until a giant bump in the road is… Continue reading

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Heathers

BBBB (out of 5) Cult favourite that still manages to delight all ages, and also provides Winona Ryder with a devoted little following of her own. She plays an earnest high school student who… Continue reading

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102 Dalmatians

BBBB (out of 5) The smarmy, overlong and annoying 101 Dalmatians directed by Stephen Herek gets a huge lift from a highly superior sequel, this time directed by Tarzan‘s Kevin Lima. More faithful… Continue reading

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The Flintstones

B (out of 5) Brian Levant does absolutely nothing interesting with this big-screen version of the popular television cartoon show, except in casting four great leads: Rick Moranis as Barney, Elizabeth Perkins as Wilma, John… Continue reading

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Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey

BBBB (out of 5) This sequel to the 1989 hit comedy actually manages to strike a few more comedic chords than its predecessor. One wouldn’t think that the no-brainer original would be worth… Continue reading

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Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

BBB.5 (out of 5) Two complete blockheads (Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter) are in danger of failing a high school history class until a magical telephone booth transports them to different eras in time. They… Continue reading

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Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead

B.5 (out of 5) Graceless comedy stars Christina Applegate, who along with her siblings is left in the hands of an aged babysitter while her parents go away on vacation for three months. When… Continue reading

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Life Or Something Like It

BB (out of 5) Angelina Jolie plays a Marilyn-blonde television reporter who is informed by an uncannily accurate, homeless soothsayer (Tony Shalhoub) that she is going to die before the week is over. At… Continue reading

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Bonnie And Clyde

BBBBB (out of 5) Arthur Penn’s electrifying account of the famous criminal couple is still a ripping good film, and after years of endless gunfire in films it is quite amazing how shocking… Continue reading

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Boys On The Side

BBB.5 (out of 5) Emotionally manipulative but still enjoyable road movie about three women travelling cross country in search of a place to belong. When down-and-out lounge singer Whoopi Goldberg sees an ad… Continue reading

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Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jinkies, who knew a sequel could be that much more fun than the original? Fresher and a lot more fun, this sequel to the 2002 blockbuster hit will entertain… Continue reading

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Scooby-Doo

BB.5 (out of 5) Silly, mostly forgettable adaptation of the classic Hanna Barbera cartoon series of the late sixties/early seventies isn’t nearly as dreadful as 1994’s The Flintstones, and even manages a few… Continue reading

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Never Been Kissed

BBB (out of 5) Adorable comedy produced by and starring Drew Barrymore.  She plays a twenty five year-old copy editor for the Washington Post who finally gets the opportunity to be the journalist of… Continue reading

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Superman III

BBB (out of 5) Supercheese entry in the franchise, in which a hilarious Richard Pryor is hired by a multimillionaire (Robert Vaughn) to build a supercomputer that will give him and his power hungry… Continue reading

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Paradise

BBB.5 (out of 5) Elijah Wood is sent to live with his aunt (Melanie Griffith) and uncle (Don Johnson) for the summer while his parents deal with their impending divorce.  He stumbles upon the… Continue reading

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Superman II

BBBB (out of 5) Superfun sequel to the 1978 original, with better character development and a zippier pace. Now that Lex Luthor is safely locked away in prison, the world can rest easy… Continue reading

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Superman

BBB.5 (out of 5) Despite an extended opening setup, this is an exciting and inventive film version of the classic comic book superhero. Christopher Reeve is perfectly cast as the man of steel,… 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 Rhea Perlman)… 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 mother… Continue reading

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Daddy Day Care

BB (out of 5) After losing his cushy advertising job, Eddie Murphy decides to beat the doldrums of being a stay-at-home dad by opening up a day care centre with his former business… Continue reading

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That Night

BBB (out of 5) Sweet romantic comedy about a little girl (Eliza Dushku) growing up in the sixties who becomes obsessed with the beautiful, popular girl who lives across the street (Juliette Lewis). Lewis is… Continue reading

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What’s Up Doc?

BBBB (out of 5) The hysterical gags in this comedy have made sure that it stands up as a classic today. Ryan O’Neal plays a geeky musicologist who comes to San Francisco to compete… Continue reading

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Anastasia (1997)

BBBB (out of 5) A gorgeous musical score is the best thing about this wonderful animated film. It tells a version of the Romanov legend, when all of St. Petersburg is abuzz after… Continue reading

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Honeymoon In Vegas

BBBB (out of 5) Nicolas Cage has a mother complex that prevents him from proposing to longtime girlfriend Sarah Jessica Parker, and she’s starting to get fed up with waiting. When he realizes that… Continue reading

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Still Of The Night

BB.5 (out of 5) Humdrum thriller has Robert Benton trying to do Hitchcock but is only partly successful. Meryl Streep reunites with her Kramer Vs. Kramer director as a femme fatale who crosses paths… Continue reading

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