Tag Archive: James Horner

Legends Of The Fall

BBBB (out of 5) Three brothers grow up with their father on a sprawling Montana ranch, living wild, boisterous lives until tragedy strikes each of them (and all of it brought about by… Continue reading

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The Spitfire Grill

BB (out of 5) Sappy small town drama about an ex-convict (Alison Elliott) with a heart of gold who interrupts the lives of two women (Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden) living in a… Continue reading

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Searching For Bobby Fischer

BBBB (out of 5) Young Josh Waitzin (Max Pomeranc) feels only passably amused by the activities and sports he enjoys with his friends, until one day in the park with his mother he… Continue reading

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Glory

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This fantastic Civil War drama looks at the very first African-American regiment in the United States army. It intelligently explores the outside atmosphere that influenced this move on the… Continue reading

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Windtalkers

B (out of 5) After suffering devastating losses to his group in the South Pacific (including some very bad personal injuries), Nicolas Cage recovers at an Army hospital when he is given a… Continue reading

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Courage Under Fire

BB (out of 5) Pointlessly empty drama that really should have been excellent considering its story: based on real events, it tells the tale of a United States soldier (Denzel Washington) investigating the… Continue reading

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Mighty Joe Young

BBBB (out of 5) In this remake of the forties classic, Bill Paxton plays an L.A. Zoo animal researcher who travels to Africa and witnesses a wonder: a fifteen-foot gorilla named Joe. Soon after… Continue reading

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The Amazing Spider-Man

BBBB (out of 5) Deja vu is a disconcerting feeling in this reboot of the superhero franchise, a mere decade after it was originally launched by Sam Raimi with Tobey Maguire in the… Continue reading

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All The King’s Men (2006)

BB (out of 5) An impressive cast is wasted around a two-hour Oscar speech by Sean Penn, who is impressive but has been given too much free reign to go crazy in this… Continue reading

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Flightplan

BBB (out of 5) Jodie Foster stars as an airplane engine designer living in Berlin whose bereavement over the loss of her husband (to suicide) convinces her to take her little girl home to… Continue reading

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The Forgotten

BB (out of 5) Julianne Moore plays a devoted mother who is still grieving for the child she lost in an airplane accident years earlier. When she notices that her photographs no longer bear… Continue reading

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Sneakers

BBB (out of 5) Robert Redford stars as a computer hacker turned security expert who is forced to use his knowledge of operation systems against a former co-worker, now turned enemy. He assembles his… Continue reading

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To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday

BBB.5 (out of 5) Touching film about a lonely widower (Peter Gallagher) who can’t stop fantasizing that his late wife (Michelle Pfeiffer, whose husband David E. Kelley adapted the screenplay from Michael Brady’s… Continue reading

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House Of Sand And Fog

BBBB (out of 5) Following the death of her father, a house cleaner (Jennifer Connelly) is evicted from his house when she ignores her mail for too many months and leaves taxes unpaid.… Continue reading

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Clear And Present Danger

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Jack Ryan returns for his third screen adventure in this highly superior drama that comes close to the riveting suspense of The Hunt For Red October.  Harrison Ford improves… Continue reading

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Patriot Games

BBB.5 (out of 5) CIA man Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford, continuing the role that Alec Baldwin created in The Hunt For Red October) becomes the target of revenge after he takes out an… Continue reading

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Star Trek III: The Search For Spock

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Explaining this film’s plot involves giving away the ending of Part II, so if you don’t want me to spoil it for you then just take my word that… Continue reading

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Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan

BBBB (out of 5) After the disappointment of the U.S.S. Enterprise’s first voyage onto the silver screen, this rippling adventure was a healthy return and superior sequel for Trekkies to sink their teeth… Continue reading

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The New World

BBB (out of 5) Like all of Terrence Malick’s films, this epic adventure is so gorgeous you’ll think you’re leafing through a book of high-art photographs; unfortunately, the experience of watching it is… Continue reading

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Deep Impact

BB.5 (out of 5) The insults to human intelligence that hurl themselves your way one after the other in this loser action film are way deadlier than the meteor that threatens to destroy… Continue reading

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House Of Cards

BBB.5 (out of 5) When Kathleen Turner loses her husband in a fatal accident, she discovers that her daughter’s witnessing the event has caused her to stop communicating with the outside world. Having turned inwards,… Continue reading

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Vibes

BB.5 (out of 5) Cyndi Lauper and Jeff Goldblum play dueling psychics who are hired by Peter Falk to help him find his son. He says that his boy was lost somewhere in South America… Continue reading

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Jumanji

BB (out of 5) Plodding children’s movie has Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt reunite after being childhood friends many years before, reopening a dangerous exotic board game that features wild animals. The game comes to… Continue reading

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The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

BBB.5 (out of 5) The horrific world that has been created by adults is seen through the eyes of children in this miniature, lovely little drama by Martin Herman (Little Voice). A German… Continue reading

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Troy

BB (out of 5) How to stretch a segment of a Greek epic to three hours of cinematic junk: avoid the dramatic character development that, say, Euripides brought to ancient legends and instead… Continue reading

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The Missing

BBB (out of 5) At the beginning of Ron Howard’s western, Cate Blanchett plays a “healer” (unlicensed doctor) and rancher whose long-absent father (Tommy Lee Jones) visits her years after having abandoned her and… Continue reading

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Ransom

BB (out of 5) Mel Gibson‘s son is kidnapped and taken for ransom, his captors demanding millions of dollars or they will kill the child and expose the shady practices behind the airline… Continue reading

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A Beautiful Mind

BBBB (out of 5) Russell Crowe dominates this powerful film biography of Nobel Prize award-winner John Nash, a math genius who wrote a still-influential thesis during his university studies in the fifties, only to… Continue reading

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The Devil’s Own

BB (out of 5) Much publicity was given to this Irish-American drama upon its release because of production delays escalating the costs to unreasonable proportions ($90-odd million dollars, ridiculous at the time for… Continue reading

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Iris

BBBB (out of 5) Exceptional performances from some of the best British actors out there are the life’s breath of this movie about late writer Iris Murdoch. Based on the biography by her… Continue reading

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I Love You To Death

BB (out of 5) Tracey Ullman discovers that her pizza parlor-owning husband (Kevin Kline) has been spending time with other women when she thought he was working overtime to make money for their… Continue reading

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Swing Kids

BB (out of 5) Two teenage Berlin boys (Robert Sean Leonard, Christian Bale) are obsessed with swing music and have a great time whooping it up until the increasing power of the Nazi… Continue reading

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Beyond Borders

BB (out of 5) Beyond boring. Angelina Jolie plays the wealthy wife of an industrialist’s son (Linus Roache) who is moved by an impassioned speech by a relief worker in Africa (Clive Owen) and… Continue reading

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The Mask Of Zorro

BB.5 (out of 5) Enjoyable but bombastically loud update of the popular Zorro legend which hasn’t been seen legitimately on screen since Tyrone Power in the 40s (George Hamilton doesn’t count).  Antonio Banderas… Continue reading

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Avatar

BBB.5 (out of 5) James Cameron returns to the director’s chair twelve years after the success of Titanic to make another superbly expensive adventure. Where his wonderful epics usually hit emotional points as… Continue reading

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Titanic

BBBB.5 (out of 5) James Cameron’s expansive version of the Titanic story takes A Night To Remember and adds two fictional protagonists, a poor little rich girl (Kate Winslet) trapped in an unwanted… Continue reading

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Aliens

BBBBB (out of 5) A masterful combination of science-fiction, horror and action, not to mention family drama, this James Cameron classic is a textbook example of Hollywood filmmaking as both entertainment and thought-provoking political… Continue reading

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The Perfect Storm

BB (out of 5) George Clooney leads a great cast in this true story of a fisherman whose tiny boat gets caught in the storm of the century. Wolfgang Petersen has directed many… Continue reading

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Apocalypto

BBB (out of 5) Continuing his lifelong dream to make movies with people speaking dead languages, Mel Gibson ventures into the South American jungles to tell the tale of an ancient native civilization… Continue reading

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The Man Without A Face

BBB (out of 5) Nick Stahl plays an unhappy, frustrated pre-adolescent who wants to attend military school but doesn’t do well enough in school to merit applying. Gibson, as the titular character, is a… Continue reading

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Braveheart

BBBBB (out of 5) Mel Gibson has created an epic to go down in history with this adventurous tale about real-life Scottish hero William Wallace. Wallace is a 13th century Scotsman who, following the… Continue reading

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An American Tail

BBB.5 (out of 5) Charming animated film created by Don Bluth who, along with his animation team, left Disney in the hopes of developing projects that the studio wasn’t interested in. Following the… Continue reading

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Class Action

BBB.5 (out of 5) Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio disappoints her lawyer father (Gene Hackman) when she abandons the ground-level justice-fighting private practice that he has been doing for years and joins a big-shot firm full… Continue reading

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Gorky Park

BB.5 (out of 5) Unmotivating thriller tries to arouse interest in its audience by promising a look at the politics behind the Iron Curtain but is really just a routine police drama. William… Continue reading

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The Name of the Rose (Der Name Der Rose)

BB.5 (out of 5) Shallow adaptation of Umberto Eco’s popular novel that never really achieves much more than presenting an ordinary murder mystery in an extraordinary surrounding: a cloistered monastery in Inquisition-era Italy.… Continue reading

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Enemy At The Gates

BB.5 (out of 5) Jude Law plays a Russian soldier from the sticks whose skills as a marksman help the Red Army single-handedly protect Stalingrad from German invasion. Joseph Fiennes is the urban intellectual… Continue reading

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