The Jungle Book 2

BBB.5 (out of 5) Following his last adventure (in 1967, this kid doesn’t age!), Mowgli (now voiced by Haley Joel Osment) feels awkward and out of place in the human village he lives in. The call of the wild comes to him and he reteams with Baloo (John Goodman) for some more jungle adventures, not … More The Jungle Book 2

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The Sixth Sense

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Surprisingly creepy thriller about a young boy (Haley Joel Osment) who is terrorized by his ability to see dead people walking around just as well as he sees the living. With the help of a child psychiatrist (Bruce Willis) who has his own problems with his estranged wife (Olivia Williams), the … More The Sixth Sense

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Secondhand Lions

BBB (out of 5) This pleasant family film works its way into a warm pocket of your heart and then ruins it by tacking on a hokey ending. Young kids should definitely see it as they are sure to become quite attached to its lovable characters and various adventures.  Haley Joel Osment plays a pre-teen whose … More Secondhand Lions

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Pay It Forward

BB (out of 5) Horrendously cheesy film, its excellent performance by Helen Hunt swamped by directionless direction by Mimi Leder and a hackneyed screenplay. The plot follows the plight of a troubled and shy young boy (Haley Joel Osment, his first post-Academy Award nomination role) who is given an assignment at school to change the world … More Pay It Forward

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A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2001.  Warner Bros., DreamWorks, Amblin Entertainment, Stanley Kubrick Productions.  Screen story by Ian Watson, Screenplay by Steven Spielberg, based on the short story Supertoys Last All Summer Long by Brian Aldiss.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Bonnie Curtis, Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design … More A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

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Forrest Gump

BBB (out of 5) Tom Hanks stars as a charming simpleton who manages to experience all the important events of the last half of the twentieth century without even realizing it: meeting Elvis and teaching him how to swing his hips, getting involved in the Vietnam war, becoming a ping-pong champion (that’s important?) and even starting … More Forrest Gump

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Bogus (1996)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1996.  New Regency Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Warner Bros., Yorktown Productions.  Story by Jeff Rothberg, Francis X. McCarthy Jr., Screenplay by Alvin Sargent.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Norman Jewison, Arnon Milchan, Jeff Rothberg.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Ken Adam.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Stephen E. Rivkin.  Toronto International Film Festival 1996.   … More Bogus (1996)

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