The Joy Luck Club

BBBB (out of 5) Amy Tan’s bestselling novel of intergenerational Asian women is brought to the big screen with its excellent story intact. A group of young Chinese-American women are in one way or another at a crossroads in their lives, until their mothers come along and tell them stories of their pasts that help … More The Joy Luck Club

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While You Were Sleeping

JON TURTELTAUB Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1995.  Hollywood Pictures, Caravan Pictures.  Screenplay by Daniel G. Sullivan, Fredric LeBow.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by Roger Birnbaum, Joe Roth.  Music by Randy Edelman.  Production Design by Garreth Stover.  Costume Design by Betsy Cox.  Film Editing by Bruce Green.  Golden Globe Awards 1995.   Sandra Bullock plays a (yet again) lonely girl who lives with a cat … More While You Were Sleeping

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The Tie That Binds

BB (out of 5) Keith Carradine and Daryl Hannah lose custody of their little girl when their morally corrupt lives allow her to slip through their fingers. Now living in an orphanage, the young lady finds a new life to live when a childless couple (Vincent Spano, Moira Kelly) adopts her and take her into their new … More The Tie That Binds

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Deep Rising

BB (out of 5) Lame sea adventure that should have remained at the bottom of the ocean, in the great tradition of similar films like Leviathan before it and Ghost Ship after. Treat Williams plays the skipper of a boat that has been hired to transport what turn out to be pirates to the middle … More Deep Rising

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Dangerous Minds

BBB (out of 5) Michelle Pfeiffer is fantastic in this hackneyed To Ma’am With Love that gets a real E for effort. It tells the true story of Louanne Johnson, a U.S. marine who, following her departure from the army, takes a job as a supply teacher in an inner-city school that ends up becoming … More Dangerous Minds

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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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Terminal Velocity

BB.5 (out of 5) The rare pleasure of seeing Nastassja Kinski starring in a film is a good reason to check out this silly action film, but be warned, it also stars Charlie Sheen.  He plays a skydiving instructor who initiates this lovely lady into her first sky jump, one that she doesn’t survive thanks to … More Terminal Velocity

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