My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

BB (out of 5) It’s been thirteen years since a charming, independently produced comedy about an ethnic wedding became the most profitable film of all time, and so much has changed: the adorable Portokaloses are now a tight-knit clan who can’t stay out of any of their family members’ business.  Okay, so not much has…

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding

BBB (out of 5) Moments of hilarious spontaneity almost overcome a weak script in this delightful romantic comedy. Nia Vardalos plays Toula, a geeky Chicago waitress who works at her father’s Greek restaurant until the day she decides to spiff up her looks, boost her confidence and start up a career of her own in travel…

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Dawn Of The Dead (2004)

ZACK SNYDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Canada/Japan/France, 2004.  Strike Entertainment, New Amsterdam Entertainment, Metropolitan Filmexport, Toho-Towa.  Screenplay by James Gunn, based on the 1978 screenplay by George A. Romero.  Cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti.  Produced by Marc Abraham, Eric Newman, Richard P. Rubinstein.  Music by Tyler Bates.  Production Design by Andrew Neskoromny.  Costume Design by Denise Cronenberg.  Film Editing by Niven Howie.  Cannes Film…

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Hairspray (2007)

BBBB (out of 5) A teenager in the 1960s decides to fight racial segregation and is met with serious threats to her future; sounds like an update of Mississippi Burning until you add big hair, rocking tunes and John Travolta in a dress. Newcomer Nikki Blonsky plays the youngster in question, Tracy, in this wonderful…

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That Old Feeling

BBBB (out of 5) The first film Bette Midler produced through her company All Girl Productions since For The Boys is this hilarious comedy, in which she and Dennis Farina are fantastic as bickering ex-spouses who reunite during their daughter’s wedding and end up running away together. Paula Marshall is the exasperated daughter and bride who bumbles around…

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How To Deal

BB (out of 5) Mandy Moore is a teenager who has the difficult task of having to witness her parents’ divorce. Her father (Peter Gallagher) is not dealing with his mid-life crisis well, jacking up his efforts to look young and dumping her mom (Allison Janney) for a much younger woman. Meanwhile, her best friend suffers…

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Chicago (2002)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Your caboose will definitely shimmy and shake for two hours during this excellent musical by first-time director Rob Marshall (who also did the scintillating choreography as well). Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger are two merry murderesses who are both on trial and could possibly face a hanging: Zeta-Jones for killing her sister and…

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Stella (1990)

BB.5 (out of 5) This overly depressing drama is a remake of the classic tearjerker Stella Dallas starring Barbara Stanwyck and Anne Shirley. In this version, Bette Midler plays a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who gets pregnant out of wedlock with a preppy rich guy (Stephen Collins). The twist here is that…

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Videodrome

BBB (out of 5) Early David Cronenberg feature that has been credited with predicting the rise of the internet and reality TV. James Woods plays a programmer for an obscure cable channel that specializes in providing audiences with provocative shows, ones with ample amounts of sex and violence (better on the screen than on the streets, he…

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