Tag Archive: Jeffrey Kurland

Ghostbusters

BBB.5 (out of 5) Ivan Reitman’s comedy classic has been updated to the new millennium but not a new setting as slimy creatures of the paranormal once again terrorize citizens of New York.… Continue reading

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Beautiful Creatures (2013)

B (out of 5) Alice Englert shows up in a tiny South Carolina town and, as if being the new girl isn’t hard enough, has to face the legacy of her family, magically… Continue reading

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Tomorrowland

B.5 (out of 5) A young boy brimming over with enthusiasm for science shows up at the 1964 New York World’s Fair with his invention, a jetpack. He meets with resistance from the… Continue reading

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What’s The Worst That Could Happen?

B (out of 5) A Donald E. Westlake novel has once again proven to make for an awkward and unhip comedy on screen.  Fernando Trueba’s half-baked Two Much is followed by this comedy about a… Continue reading

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Inception

BB.5 (out of 5) Leonardo DiCaprio works in the highly odd business of invading people’s dreams in order to extract sensitive information which is valuable to people who pay him big bucks. The process… Continue reading

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Collateral

BBBB (out of 5) Jamie Foxx is excellent as a cab driver who drops off the beginning of a promising relationship in the form of Jada Pinkett Smith (who has never been more captivating) and… Continue reading

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Erin Brockovich

BBBBB (out of 5) Excellent biography of the true-life woman who brought about the biggest personal lawsuit case in American legal history.  Julia Roberts gives the best performance of her career as Brockovich, a… Continue reading

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Ocean’s Eleven

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Of the three heist films to come out in 2001 (the other two being The Score and Heist), this is far and away the king of them all. An… Continue reading

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Everyone Says I Love You

BBB (out of 5) Woody Allen pays tribute to the classic musical genre but does not come up with anything overly memorable. Socialites and convicts, tourists and lovers abound in this tale that… Continue reading

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Mighty Aphrodite

BBBB (out of 5) Woody Allen and Helena Bonham Carter play a happy couple who decide to adopt a baby and start a family. When the kid’s a little more grown up, Allen becomes curious… Continue reading

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Bullets Over Broadway

BBBB.5 (out of 5) John Cusack plays an idealistic playwright in 1930s New York City who decides that, for his latest opus, he will make absolutely no concessions: he will direct it himself to… Continue reading

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Manhattan Murder Mystery

BBBB (out of 5) One of Woody Allen‘s most enjoyable film comedies. Diane Keaton plays a bored housewife who insists that the woman who lives down the hall from them was murdered.  Allen… Continue reading

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Husbands And Wives

BBBB (out of 5) Woody Allen‘s examination of married couples isn’t as marvelous as his similar look into the world of siblings (Hannah and Her Sisters), but it features choice moments and brilliant… Continue reading

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Broadway Danny Rose

BBBBB (out of 5) This wonderful comedy by Woody Allen finds the great director smack dab in the middle of his greatest successes of the eighties. He plays a small-time talent agent who… Continue reading

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The Purple Rose Of Cairo

BBBB.5 (out of 5) In 1984, Woody Allen gave La Strada a twist with his Broadway Danny Rose, and now The Purple Rose of Cairo brings back shades of Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria.… Continue reading

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Hannah And Her Sisters

BBBBB (out of 5) The masterpiece in the Woody Allen oeuvre is this fascinating examination of sibling relationships. Hannah (Mia Farrow in a standout performance) is a generous and caring wife (to Michael Caine)… Continue reading

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Radio Days

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Woody Allen’s beautiful bit of semi-autobiographical nostalgia follows the life of a Jewish family in 1930s New York whose life revolves, one way or the other, around their experiences… Continue reading

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September

BB.5 (out of 5) One of Woody Allen’s weakest films is this romantic melodrama with a bit of a murder mystery in the middle. A group of family and friends gather at Mia… Continue reading

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Another Woman

BBBB (out of 5) Woody Allen returns to the Bergmanesque style that served him so well in Interiors (but did not in September). A female version of Wild Strawberries, it stars a brilliant Gena… Continue reading

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Crimes And Misdemeanors

BBBBB (out of 5) One of Woody Allen‘s highest artistic successes is this delicately layered tale of morality among the upper classes. Martin Landau is having difficulty keeping mistress Anjelica Huston from ratting on the… Continue reading

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Alice

BBB.5 (out of 5) This sweet, comic fable by Woody Allen falls short of The Purple Rose of Cairo but has a magical quality of its own worth cherishing. Mia Farrow plays a Manhattan… Continue reading

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Shadows And Fog

BB (out of 5) Woody Allen really misfires in this Kafka-esque comedy that only his diehard fans will truly enjoy (and even then they’ll have to work hard at it). He wastes a… Continue reading

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