13 Going On 30

BBBB (out of 5) It’s 1987, and 13 year-old Jenna Rink is desperate to fit in with the cool kids at school. She even goes as far as alienating her geeky best friend Matt at her birthday party in order to impress ‘in-crowd’ ringleader Lucy. When she’s sprinkled with some birthday wishing dust and announces…

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Disney’s The Kid

BBBB (out of 5) Delightful comedy romp about a middle-aged image consultant with no hope (Bruce Willis) who suddenly gets a jolt in his system when he’s visited by himself as a child (Spencer Breslin).  The little tyke inspires Willis to start searching through his childhood to discover where things went wrong. With a script…

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Phenomenon

B (out of 5) John Travolta plays a sweet simpleton living in a rural farming community who goes idiot savant when magical powers begin to overcome him and affect the lives of those living near him. After a near-miraculous bolt of lightning touches him, Travolta can move objects with his mind, learn languages at lightning-bolt speed…

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While You Were Sleeping

BBBB (out of 5) Sandra Bullock plays a (yet again) lonely girl who lives with a cat and works the toll booth at a public subway station. Every day she sees the same well-dressed, handsome man (Peter Gallagher) board the station and take his train to work, thinking him beyond her reach. Not so, for one day…

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Big Trouble

BB (out of 5) Delayed after September 11th because it dealt with a terrorist bomb on an airplane, this film wouldn’t have been missed had it been left on the shelf forever. A failing advertising executive (Tim Allen) is somehow given a second chance at life when he has to save his prankster son (Ben…

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America’s Sweethearts

B (out of 5) Flat, boring and completely unsympathetic romantic comedy that wastes the talent of everyone involved. Billy Crystal (who wrote and produced) plays a publicity director at a major Hollywood studio who finds himself wrapped in problems when he is forced to reunite estranged Tom-and-Nicole-like couple Gwen Harrison and Eddie Thomas (Catherine Zeta-Jones,…

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Unstrung Heroes

BBBB (out of 5) Diane Keaton directs this bittersweet tale of a boy growing up under the experience of losing his mother (Andie MacDowell). He finds refuge in the companionship of two positively insane uncles (Maury Chaykin, Michael Richards) who help him deal with his terrible impending loss while his father (John Turturro) is too wrapped…

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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 partner (Jeff Garlin). At first the project is a huge mess, but eventually the chaos sorts itself out and Murphy turns out…

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Lost Souls

BB (out of 5) Typical humdrum spiritual thriller that is a small cut above the embarrassing Bless The Child on the scarefest front but not anywhere near the level of Agnieszka Holland’s The Third Miracle when it comes to its examination of faith and redemption.  Winona Ryder is given a one-note role that she tries to…

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