The Final Cut

B (out of 5) Embarrassing film that could only have attracted its big name stars with impressive pay cheques; there’s no way that the script could have made any sense on paper, since it certainly doesn’t make much of it on the screen. Robin Williams plays a film editor in a slightly futuristic world where people … More The Final Cut

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Angel Eyes

BBB.5 (out of 5) Syrupy, mellow drama from director Luis Mandoki that is sometimes flat but, thanks to a fair share of lovely moments and excellent performances by its two leads, is never worth abandoning. Jennifer Lopez is riveting as a Chicago cop who is still hurting over the many conflicts she has had since … More Angel Eyes

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Pay It Forward

BB (out of 5) Horrendously cheesy film, its excellent performance by Helen Hunt swamped by directionless direction by Mimi Leder and a hackneyed screenplay. The plot follows the plight of a troubled and shy young boy (Haley Joel Osment, his first post-Academy Award nomination role) who is given an assignment at school to change the world … More Pay It Forward

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Frequency

BBB.5 (out of 5) Surprisingly effective thriller about a young man (Jim Caviezel) who has never really got over his father’s dying when he was a child. He gets the chance of a lifetime when an odd miracle of northern lights and ‘the mother of all sunspots’ allows him to speak to his father (Dennis … More Frequency

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G.I. Jane (1997)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Caravan Pictures, First Independent Films, Hollywood Pictures, Largo Entertainment, Moving Pictures, Scott Free Productions, Trap-Two-Zero Productions Inc..  Story by Danielle Alexandra, Screenplay by David Twohy, Danielle Alexandra.  Cinematography by Hugh Johnson.  Produced by Roger Birnbaum, Demi Moore, Ridley Scott, Suzanne Todd.  Music by Trevor Jones.  Production Design by Arthur Max.  Costume Design by … More G.I. Jane (1997)

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High Crimes

BB.5 (out of 5) Disappointing courtroom thriller has an excellent Ashley Judd capitalizing on her success two years earlier in Double Jeopardy.  She plays a successful attorney married to a really nice guy (Jim Caviezel) who has no particular occupation except to attempt to impregnate her in the mornings and then work in the tool shed … More High Crimes

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