Norbit

0 (out of 5) Eddie Murphy has had a few dogs in his highly successful career, but it’s still surprising to think that this piece of garbage could involve him. Teaming up with makeup wizard Rick Baker, Murphy plays three characters: the title role, a soft-spoken dweeb who is raised in an orphanage, an (offensively stereotyped)…

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Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

BB.5 (out of 5) Funnier sequel to the original is basically the same movie but with better jokes. Mike Myers is once again the trussed-up superspy who is sent back in time to the 1960s to stop the powerful Dr. Evil (also Myers) from stealing Powers’ Mojo and taking over the world (he runs Starbucks as…

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Not Another Teen Movie

BBB.5 (out of 5) Hilarious spoof that takes on the recent spate of cloying teen-oriented films and makes a decided improvement on the Wayans brothers’ Scary Movie franchise, thanks mostly to a lighter touch with the raunchier jokes and an emphasis on the ridiculous rather than the racy.  A cast of appealing youngsters ably fill in the…

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The Truman Show (1998)

PETER WEIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1998.  Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Andrew Niccol.  Cinematography by Peter Biziou.  Produced by Edward S. Feldman, Andrew Niccol, Scott Rudin, Adam Schroeder.  Music by Burkhard von Dallwitz.  Production Design by Dennis Gassner.  Costume Design by Marilyn Matthews.  Film Editing by William M. Anderson, Lee Smith.  Academy Awards 1998.  Golden Globe Awards 1998.   Perfectly written, acted, directed…

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