Stepping Out (1991)

LEWIS GILBERT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   USA, 1991.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Richard Harris, based on his play.  Cinematography by Alan Hume.  Produced by Lewis Gilbert.  Music by Peter Matz.  Production Design by Alicia Keywan.  Costume Design by Candy Paterson.  Film Editing by Humphrey Dixon.  Richard Harris’ community theatre favourite gets its shot at the big screen, and the results are…

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Pixels

B.5 (out of 5) Concept comedy that assembles a huge cast, a big-time director and tons of cash for the visual effects:  it all adds up to disaster in every possible way.  Decades after coming in second at a video game world tournament, Adam Sandler is now a cable repairman while his best friend Kevin James  is the…

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Marci X

0.5 (out of 5) Not even the presence of two adorable stars can help this abysmally inept comedy, in which Lisa Kudrow stars as a privileged Jewish princess who needs to step in and help the family business after her tycoon father (director Richard Benjamin) is taken ill.  The provocative lyrics of a popular rapper (Damon…

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Alfie (2004)

BB.5 (out of 5) A British limousine driver (Jude Law) living in New York plays the field of romance with a score of different women, avoiding commitment issues with each of them in an attempt to live the life of the perfect, untouchable bachelor. His game looks to end, however, when a bunch of life-changing…

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Ice Age

BB.5 (out of 5) Twentieth Century-Fox has once again made an attempt to break into the major animation racket with this winsome comedy, following in the footsteps of two commercial disasters, Anastasia and Titan A.E.. Whereas Anastasia has beautiful widescreen photography and incredible musical score, and Titan A.E. has its imaginative settings and rock music soundtrack, Ice…

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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…

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Go

BBBB (out of 5) Painfully hip and flashy comedy about fast-living twentysomethings who can’t keep themselves out of trouble. Told in a wrap-around trilogy, the story starts with Sarah Polley as an overworked grocery store clerk who tries to break into the big business of drug dealing but ends up biting off more than she can…

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Dance With Me

BBB.5 (out of 5) Dance enthusiasts will go wild for this sunny, upbeat romantic film. Puerto Rican music sensation Chayanne has just buried his mother in Santiago de Cuba and has decided to go looking for his father in Texas. He arrives there, taking a job working as a glorified janitor at a dance studio…

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Mrs. Winterbourne

BB (out of 5) Awkward comedy by Richard Benjamin (Mermaids) about a down-on-her-luck Ricki Lake accidentally trading places with a rich, married woman when they are both involved in a train accident along with the woman’s husband (Brendan Fraser). Mistaken for the other woman, the single and pregnant Lake is brought to her so-called husband’s home to live…

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