Leaving Normal

BBBB (out of 5) I suppose coming out only a year after Thelma and Louise made it impossible to think of this charming film as anything but a ripoff, but it does have its own vibe. Meg Tilly plays a numerously married, numerously divorced mail-order bride with an optimistic disposition who flees her latest abusive marriage in … More Leaving Normal

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The Avengers (2012)

BBB (out of 5) Imagine the cinematic version of a cereal multi-pak and you have this combination of superhero films that puts some of Marvel’s most popular moneymakers together in an effort to, what else, save the world. The dull plot has Thor’s villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) descend to our modest earth in the hopes … More The Avengers (2012)

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Guess Who

BB (out of 5) A Manhattan couple go to the girl’s parents’ house for their wedding anniversary, providing her (Zoe Saldana) with the perfect opportunity to introduce her new boyfriend (Ashton Kutcher) to her family. Saldana has neglected to tell her kin that her boyfriend is white, providing for lots of opportunity for her boorish … More Guess Who

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A Cinderella Story

BB.5 (out of 5) As adorable as Hilary Duff is, the tired nature of this teen-themed romantic comedy will bore all but the least demanding viewer as it does its best to update Charles Perrault’s classic fairy tale (and falls far short of the highly superior Ever After starring Drew Barrymore). Duff plays a teenager … More A Cinderella Story

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Junior

BBB.5 (out of 5) When genetic scientists Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito can’t get their anti-miscarriage drug approved by the national drug board, they decide to try it out on a test subject in order to have proof that it works. They know they could never find a woman who would agree to endangering her pregnancy with … More Junior

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Big

BBB.5 (out of 5) A thirteen year-old kid is tired of being bossed around by his parents, told he’s too short to go on rides and constantly given chores to do, so like all kids his age he dreams of getting to adulthood (and independence) as soon as he possibly can. He is given his … More Big

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Fatal Attraction (1987)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by James Dearden, based on his short film.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Sherry Lansing, Stanley R. Jaffe.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Peter E. Berger, Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.   Michael Douglas plays a hapless married man who is left … More Fatal Attraction (1987)

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