Tag Archive: Jerry Goldsmith

Patton

BBBB (out of 5) George C. Scott soars in this fascinating biopic of General George S. Patton.  He makes a name for himself after a successful 1942 campaign against Rommel in North Africa that… Continue reading

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Hoosiers

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Gene Hackman plays a basketball coach with a dubious past who shows up in the tiny Indiana town of Hickory to coach a team whose school has less than a… Continue reading

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Supergirl

BB.5 (out of 5) America’s favourite superhero actually comes from an entire race of superior beings, his one cousin a delightful young lady who comes to Earth when the power source for her planet,… Continue reading

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Love Field

BBBB (out of 5) Sweet, heartfelt road movie that showcases Michelle Pfeiffer at her best and the screenwriting debut of writer Don Roos. Pfeiffer plays a Jackie Kennedy-obsessed Dallas housewife whose life seems to… Continue reading

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First Knight

BB (out of 5) Just in case anyone thought that Lerner and Loewe’s musical was the most boring version of the Camelot legend, here’s director Jerry Zucker to provide film audiences with an… Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture

BB.5 (out of 5) Fans of the original television series (that was shamefully aborted in 1969) were thrilled to find out that a resurrection was occurring on the big screen when this film… Continue reading

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The Sand Pebbles

BBB (out of 5) Robert Wise followed his mammothly successful The Sound Of Music with this giant war epic.  Steve McQueen plays an engineer who boards a gunboat in 1920s China, rife with anger… Continue reading

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Escape From The Planet Of The Apes

BBB.5 (out of 5) High-level entry in the film series, much better than the previous Beneath The Planet Of The Apes, and almost as fun as the original. In this exciting adventure, Cornelius… Continue reading

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Along Came A Spider

BB.5 (out of 5) This follow-up to Kiss The Girls is a diverting thriller, but not in any way an intelligent one save for the classy performance by Morgan Freeman in the lead role.… Continue reading

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The Mummy (1999)

BBB.5 (out of 5) A rollicking good time is to be had with this beautifully filmed though often heavy-handed remake of the classic Boris Karloff horror movie. In this updated and more elaborate… Continue reading

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Deep Rising

BB (out of 5) Lame sea adventure that should have remained at the bottom of the ocean, in the great tradition of similar films like Leviathan before it and Ghost Ship after. Treat… Continue reading

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The Vanishing

BBB (out of 5) American remakes of foreign films are hardly ever as good as their originals, but in this case the insult is further compounded by the fact that the director of… Continue reading

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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

BB (out of 5) The first Star Trek movie in 1979 might have been a complete bore, but at least it wasn’t as ridiculously stupid as this lame adventure made a decade later.… Continue reading

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I.Q.

BBB.5 (out of 5) You knew that he was one of the greatest minds whose thoughts were ever recorded in human history, but did you know that Albert Einstein was also a brilliant… Continue reading

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Six Degrees Of Separation

BBBB (out of 5) John Guare adapts his excellent play to the big screen with exceptional results. A New York society couple (Donald Sutherland, Stockard Channing) are entertaining a foreign guest (Ian McKellen)… Continue reading

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The Russia House

BB (out of 5) Sean Connery plays a British professor who is also a Russophile and lives in the U.S.S.R. because of how much he loves the culture. When the friend of a Russian spy… Continue reading

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Powder

BB (out of 5) Professor Jeff Goldblum discovers a family with a secret: a young, hairless teenager (Sean Patrick Flanery) with extremely white skin, advanced intelligence and strange abilities to affect the physical… Continue reading

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Sleeping With The Enemy

BB.5 (out of 5) Julia Roberts was already well into filming this wife-abuse thriller when Pretty Woman was released in theatres and made her a huge box-office star, so you could imagine the producers’… Continue reading

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The Sum Of All Fears

BB.5 (out of 5) In Israel, a nuclear bomb long thought lost in the desert sands has gone missing; in Russia the American CIA led by Morgan Freeman is investigating the disappearance of three… Continue reading

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The Shadow

BB.5 (out of 5) Alec Baldwin plays the lead character, a superhero originally born on a famous radio program decades ago. The Shadow is a former druglord in the Far East who reforms, thanks… Continue reading

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Forever Young

BB (out of 5) Boring, romantic hodgepodge about an eager scientist (Mel Gibson) in the 1940s who can’t face the impending death of his beloved (Isabel Glasser) after she is hit by a car.… Continue reading

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The Last Castle

BB (out of 5) Robert Redford plays a top-ranking Army general who is sent to military prison after directly disobeying an order from a higher member of the command chain. Once there, he befriends… Continue reading

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Rambo III

BB.5 (out of 5) Richard Crenna catches up with Sylvester Stallone‘s John Rambo in the far east where he is laying low as a competitive fighter. Crenna wants to enlist his old friend’s services… Continue reading

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Congo

BB (out of 5) Michael Crichton’s horror novel has reached the big screen with exceptionally unimpressive results. A team composed of army brass and scientists are sent to the jungles of Africa after… Continue reading

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First Blood

BBBB (out of 5) Sylvester Stallone began his second impressive franchise following the Rocky films with this exciting, motivating action film. He plays a former Green Beret who served in Vietnam and now… Continue reading

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Bad Girls

BB.5 (out of 5) Silly Revlon western does everything possible to ruin the fun that the four strong women leads are obviously having. Drew Barrymore, Andie MacDowell, Mary Stuart Masterson and Madeleine Stowe are four… Continue reading

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Outland

BBBB (out of 5) Imagine High Noon set in outer space and you have the basic thrust of this very cool science-fiction film. Sean Connery plays a newly posted police commissioner on a mining… Continue reading

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Poltergeist

BBBB (out of 5) Here’s something you’ve always been looking for: a family-friendly horror movie. An average suburban clan are delighted when they discover furniture starting to move by itself in their home;… Continue reading

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The Ghost And The Darkness

BBBB (out of 5) Terrifying thriller that plays like a land-bound Jaws has Val Kilmer as a 19th century engineer who travels to the wilds of Africa to oversee the building of a… Continue reading

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Planet Of The Apes (1968)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Charlton Heston plays an astronaut whose spaceship has been in outer space for so long that the modern day Earth life he left behind is long gone for many thousands… Continue reading

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The Boys From Brazil

BB.5 (out of 5) Laurence Olivier is terrific as a Holocaust survivor whose primary work is finding the whereabouts of remaining Nazi war criminals and getting them to their trials. He is swamped with… Continue reading

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Papillon

BB (out of 5) Another prison movie for Steve McQueen, and once again he’s trying for the great escape. He plays a French petty criminal who is wrongly accused of murder and, after… Continue reading

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Air Force One

BBBB (out of 5) Exciting, edge-of-your-seat thriller has President of the United States Harrison Ford  defending himself and his family when terrorist Gary Oldman and his scary bad guys take over the First Airplane… Continue reading

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The River Wild

BBB.5 (out of 5) Meryl Streep takes her husband (David Strathairn) and son (Joseph Mazzello) on a white water-rafting trip for the first time since her teenage days, when it was her job… Continue reading

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Not Without My Daughter

BB (out of 5) This terrifying drama would be a lot more effective if the overall attitude wasn’t so TV-Movie maudlin. Sally Field plays Betty Mahmoody (whose autobiography was this film’s basis), an American… Continue reading

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Legend

B (out of 5) Tom Cruise looks perpetually embarrassed to be appearing in this terrible fantasy, the last film he released before Top Gun made him a superstar. He plays an elven forest… Continue reading

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Alien

BBBBB (out of 5) In space, no one can hear you scream, but since most movie theatres are situated on the planet Earth, feel free to shriek your heart out.  Some of the… Continue reading

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Star Trek: Insurrection

BBBB (out of 5) Respectable entry in the Star Trek movie series isn’t the classic that First Contact was but is solid entertainment all the same. The noble crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise… Continue reading

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Total Recall (1990)

BBBB (out of 5) Thrilling, original science-fiction film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a construction worker in a futuristic society where people can take cruise vacations on Saturn. After having a recurring dream about… Continue reading

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Tora! Tora! Tora!

BB.5 (out of 5) The attack on Pearl Harbour is memorialized in a giant epic project that sees American and Japenese studios admirably joining forces. The Japanese sections (originally to be directed by… Continue reading

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Medicine Man

BBB (out of 5) John McTiernan brings less than his usual class and credibility to what is still a fun South American jungle adventure about a winsome young doctor (Lorraine Bracco, cast against type… Continue reading

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The Haunting (1999)

BB (out of 5) Lame horror film that offers tons more bore than gore. A group of randomly assorted people are drawn to a giant mansion in the middle of the night in… Continue reading

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Gremlins 2: The New Batch

BBBB (out of 5) Those furry little creatures are back, and they’re having even more fun than last time. Zach Galligan returns as the heroic owner of a Mogwai, an adorable little creature that… Continue reading

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Chinatown

BBBBB (out of 5) Robert Towne’s impeccable screenplay is the heart and soul of this excellent mystery film, though surrounding it with fantastic direction and pristine acting doesn’t hurt either. Jack Nicholson gives one… Continue reading

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Dennis The Menace

BBB (out of 5) The rambunctious little tyke of the famous comic strip makes his way to the big screen in this very funny comedy. Mason Gamble is perfectly cast as the title character,… Continue reading

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The Secret Of NIMH

BBBB (out of 5) A recently widowed mouse is in desperate need of medicine for her son who is at home suffering from pneumonia. His illness couldn’t come at a worse time: the… Continue reading

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Malice

BB.5 (out of 5) Nicole Kidman and Bill Pullman play a happy couple whose lives are destroyed when a surgeon (Alec Baldwin) performs an operation on her under the influence of alcohol and destroys her… Continue reading

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Mulan

BBBB.5 (out of 5) The best Disney animated film since Beauty and the Beast is this animated epic based on a Chinese legend. Mulan (voiced by Ming-Na Wen) is a young girl who… Continue reading

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Star Trek: Nemesis

BBB.5 (out of 5) The cast of The Next Generation is back for yet another big-screen adventure!  Captain Jean-Luc Picard (the continually reliable Patrick Stewart) leads the U.S.S. Enterprise to the dark side… Continue reading

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