Face/Off

BBB.5 (out of 5) You’ll actually enjoy being suckered in by this crazy action film from Hong Kong director John Woo.  John Travolta plays a straight-ace cop still haunted by the memory of the son who was murdered by his arch enemy, seething criminal Nicolas Cage. When Cage goes into a coma during an arrest…

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The General’s Daughter (1999)

SIMON WEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/Germany, 1999.  Paramount Pictures, Neufeld Rehme Productions, MFP Munich Film Partners GmbH & Company I. Produktions KG, Hollywood Licensing Group, Mace Neufeld Productions.  Screenplay by Christopher Bertolini, William Goldman, based on the novel by Nelson DeMille.  Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr..  Produced by Mace Neufeld.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by J. Dennis Washington.  Costume Design by Erica…

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A Civil Action

BBB (out of 5) True story of a small law firm that takes on a giant corporation when it is suspected that a tannery has been allowing contaminants into the drinking water of a small town. John Travolta and an excellent William H. Macy are among the good guys who are constantly forced to come up with…

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Broken Arrow (1996)

BBB.5 (out of 5) This exciting adventure stars Christian Slater and John Travolta as bomber pilots whose flying mission goes awry and the top-secret weapons they are carrying go missing. Or do they? It seems Travolta might not be the good guy we all thought he was, and having been passed over for a recent job advance…

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Phenomenon

B (out of 5) John Travolta plays a sweet simpleton living in a rural farming community who goes idiot savant when magical powers begin to overcome him and affect the lives of those living near him. After a near-miraculous bolt of lightning touches him, Travolta can move objects with his mind, learn languages at lightning-bolt speed…

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Get Shorty

BBBBB (out of 5) Flawless adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel about a shylock gangster (John Travolta at his coolest) who travels to Los Angeles to collect on an overdue payment and ends up getting interested in the movie business. No shock there, of course, since as it turns out there’s not that much difference between…

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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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Swordfish

BB (out of 5) Listless, boring action adventure about a computer hacker (Hugh Jackman) recruited by a top-secret government official (John Travolta), who plans to siphon out money from various government projects in order to perform terrifying terrorist attacks on America and therefore increase the White House’s involvement in anti-terrorist funding.  The action is weary,…

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Ladder 49

BB (out of 5) Painfully cliché-riddled drama about firefighters that makes the lamentable Backdraft suddenly look so much better. The action takes place in a local firehouse chock full of grunting Irish Catholic firemen who eat sloppily and sing karaoke badly so that we know what brutish, straight jocks they really are. John Travolta is completely…

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Austin Powers In Goldmember

BB (out of 5) In the first installment of this comedy series, Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery, writer/star Mike Myers surrounded a bunch of hysterical sight gags with a witty premise that aptly spoofed the many spy thrillers that have permeated pop culture for the last half-century. Two sequels removed, the gross-out humour and…

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Grease

BBBB (out of 5) This tune-filled, eye-candy musical still thrills audiences of all ages more than two decades after its original release. Based on the hit Broadway play, it’s a tribute to the music and pop culture of the fifties, and its excellent songs (most of them from the play with a few new ones…

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Bolt

BBB (out of 5) Charming animated film from the Disney studios whose writing isn’t quite up to the standard of its lovely animation. Bolt (John Travolta) is an adorable little pup who appears on a TV show with his human friend Penny (Miley Cyrus), the two of them starring as crime fighters aided by his…

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