Tin Cup

BBBB (out of 5) A burnt-out ex-pro golfer (Kevin Costner) is living quietly on a driving range until a new love interest (Rene Russo) shows up and gets him back into the swing of things.  Before he knows it he’s got himself in the major tournaments, ready to take on any champion who is willing … More Tin Cup

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A Time To Kill

BB.5 (out of 5) One of the most overproduced John Grisham film adaptations is taken from his first book.  It would be far too easy to point out the drawbacks of this dramatic debacle (overly long running time, deceptively simple political issues dressed up as complex themes), so we’ll concentrate on the positive: this was … More A Time To Kill

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Ridicule

BBB (out of 5) French take on Dangerous Liaisons that isn’t nearly as pointed or compelling. Charles Berling plays a newcomer to 18th-century France’s royal court who has no idea how much sharp wit is required to survive his peers. The members of this society value a quick tongue more than they do a quick sword … More Ridicule

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Michael Collins

BBB.5 (out of 5) Beautifully photographed biopic by Neil Jordan about the Irish hero who led fellow IRA members to a harsh battle against his country’s enemies, before being assassinated and reborn a legend who is still discussed by his compatriots to this day.  Liam Neeson makes an excellent Collins, an optimistic youth who became a … More Michael Collins

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