Navy Seals

BB (out of 5) A group of highly trained lugs in the Navy’s SEALs division, the most rigorously trained soldiers in the entire American army, go on a mission to save victims of a downed helicopter in a vaguely Middle Eastern country. They notice that the bad guys are in possession of some very dangerous … More Navy Seals

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Analyze This

BBB.5 (out of 5) Strong comedy directed by Harold Ramis about a mobster (Robert De Niro) who decides that the best way to overcome his overwhelming feelings of anxiety when performing gangland hits is to consult a psychiatrist (Billy Crystal) and work his feelings out. Eventually, they become friends, and the hilarity from two completely … More Analyze This

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The Associate

BBB (out of 5) Whoopi Goldberg is her usual winning self as a frustrated financial stock broker who decides to start her own company after realizing she has hit the glass ceiling in her sexist workplace. As a front for her new business, she invents a mythical old white man who really runs the joint, … More The Associate

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Sabrina (1995)

BB (out of 5) Remaking Billy Wilder’s 1954 comedy classic starring Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart was a bad idea in the first place, but considering the cast you’d think it could still be better.  Julia Ormond aptly steps into Hepburn’s shoes as the plucky young lass who lives above the garage of her rich … More Sabrina (1995)

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The Killing Fields

BBBBB (out of 5) Right up there with Missing among the handful of brilliant political thrillers made in the early 80s, starring Sam Waterston as Sydney Schanberg, whose writings for the New York Times inspired the film. Schanberg was trapped in Cambodia during Pol Pot’s “Year Zero” genocide, teaming up with Cambodian contact Dith Pran (Haing S. … More The Killing Fields

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The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

BBBBB (out of 5) Superior remake of Norman Jewison’s 1968 cheesefest, notable for featuring the female performance of the year from its star Rene Russo: displaying strength, vulnerability and everything in between, her Catherine Banning is a fascinating and infectiously desirable lady. Pierce Brosnan stars and co-produces as multimillionaire Thomas Crown, a man who steals … More The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

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The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion (2001)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Germany, 2001.  DreamWorks, VCL Communications, Gravier Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Fei Zhao.  Produced by Letty Aronson.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzanne McCabe.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.   Woody Allen‘s clever zingers pour out of his mouth constantly but fall flat in this overtired and badly paced comedy, his least … More The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion (2001)

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