Ladder 49

BB (out of 5) Painfully cliché-riddled drama about firefighters that makes the lamentable Backdraft suddenly look so much better. The action takes place in a local firehouse chock full of grunting Irish Catholic firemen who eat sloppily and sing karaoke badly so that we know what brutish, straight jocks they really are. John Travolta is completely…

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The Namesake

BBB.5 (out of 5) Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel is brought to the big screen by director Mira Nair with wonderfully sentimental results. A Bengali man who has been living abroad goes back to India to find a wife, brings her to New York and they raise two children. The first of them, a son,…

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Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason

BB (out of 5) Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time: Renee Zellweger‘s performance as Bridget Jones in the 2001 comedy classic was so effortlessly charming at capturing an awkward woman who never can find her rhythm that it inspired marvelous box office returns and made a sequel an inevitability (not that…

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Poseidon

B (out of 5) Well, at least this one doesn’t have the self-righteous preacher. This silly, unconvincing remake of The Poseidon Adventure features a new set of characters in the same situation as before: a rogue tidal wave hits a luxury cruise-liner on its way to New York and capsizes the entire ship, killing a…

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The Human Stain

BBB (out of 5) Anthony Hopkins practically sleepwalks through his performance as a literature professor who is forced into retirement after more than thirty years of devotion to his college, following a comment regarding one of his students being interpreted as racist by the school’s governing board. Deciding to stay home and work on an anger-inspired…

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