Tag Archive: John Turturro

Exodus: Gods and Kings

BB.5 (out of 5) They were raised as the two princes of Egypt, Ramses (Joel Edgerton) in position to take over after the death of his ailing father (John Turturro) while adopted brother Moses… Continue reading

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My Mother (Mia Madre)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Nanni Moretti combines humour with sentiment in this semi-autobiographical tale of a filmmaker (Margherita Buy, filling in for Moretti himself) who is trying to make a politically-minded film with an… Continue reading

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Fading Gigolo

B.5 (out of 5) Packing up the last inventory while closing his book store, impending retiree Woody Allen tells friend and sometimes assistant John Turturro that he has stumbled upon a terrific proposition for… Continue reading

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Illuminata

BB (out of 5) Too strange to be memorable, this odd mess of a film concerns a nineteenth-century minor theatre group putting on an opera. An A-list cast that includes John Turturro (who also… Continue reading

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Thirteen Conversations About One Thing

BBBB (out of 5) On a casual evening in New York, a hotshot lawyer (Matthew McConaughey) celebrates a personal victory at a local bar, having just sent a guilty man to prison. A… Continue reading

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Monkeybone

BB (out of 5) Painfully unfunny comedy about a disenchanted cartoon artist (Brendan Fraser) who goes into a coma following a car accident and descends into an animated world of his own brain’s… Continue reading

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Desperately Seeking Susan

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Rosanna Arquette plays a bored New Jersey housewife who gets a little excitement in her life when she gets amnesia and accidentally falls into the personality and life of small-time… Continue reading

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Anger Management

BB.5 (out of 5) Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler earn big money cashing in on their trademark personalities. Sandler plays a frustrated executive assistant who internalizes all his anger and never lets it out in… Continue reading

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Cradle Will Rock

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent ensemble comedy about the real life Red Scare events surrounding the birth and quick disappearance of the Federal Theatre Program in the 1930s, a program designed to bring… Continue reading

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Quiz Show

BBBBB (out of 5) Robert Redford directs this awe-inspiring examination of the more “innocent” days of television.  When it is revealed that a popular quiz show has been rigging its contestants with answers… Continue reading

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Unstrung Heroes

BBBB (out of 5) Diane Keaton directs this bittersweet tale of a boy growing up under the experience of losing his mother (Andie MacDowell). He finds refuge in the companionship of two positively insane… Continue reading

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Fear X

BB (out of 5) Following the success of the cult hit Pusher, Nicolas Winding Refn took a stab at a Hollywood thriller and nearly destroyed his career thanks to its disastrous critical and… Continue reading

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Secret Window

BBB (out of 5) Johnny Depp plays a blocked writer who is living in a cabin in the woods six months after he found his wife (Maria Bello) in bed with another man (Timothy… Continue reading

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The Taking Of Pelham 123

BBBB (out of 5) Tony Scott remakes Robert Aldrich’s 1974 thriller with Denzel Washington and John Travolta filling in for Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw, and somehow the hack director who always over-edits and… Continue reading

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The Luzhin Defence

BBBB (out of 5) Emily Watson is a Russian aristocrat visiting an Italian villa during a worldwide chess competition. While vacationing there with her mother, she meets eccentric chess genius John Turturro, a… Continue reading

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Fearless

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jeff Bridges plays an airplane crash survivor who believes that getting out of the plane without a single scratch convinces him that he is invincible, and now even foods… Continue reading

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Box Of Moonlight

BBB (out of 5) Unhappy company man Al (John Turturro) is facing the advancement of age and can’t decide what to do to unwind. Upon having one of his big engineering projects in… Continue reading

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Summer Of Sam

BB.5 (out of 5) Spike Lee directs this exploitative and excessive tale about the summer when all of New York was terrorized by David Berkowitz, the serial killer known as the “Son of… Continue reading

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He Got Game

BBB (out of 5) Director Spike Lee’s characters are always so richly drawn, his films so marvelously outspoken and diversely dramatic that they are always worth watching even if they don’t hit the… Continue reading

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Girl 6

BB (out of 5) Theresa Randle plays a struggling actress who takes a job at a phone sex company to help pay her rent. Eventually getting so engrossed in her work that it… Continue reading

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Clockers

BBB (out of 5) More in-your-face excellence from Spike Lee, whose adaptation of Richard Price’s novel about drug dealing on the streets of New York has its good and bad points. It focuses… Continue reading

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Jungle Fever

BBBB (out of 5) Even when Spike Lee makes a less-than-perfect movie it’s still incredibly watchable for many good reasons. The story wanders too many places and lacks a cohesive focus, but each of… Continue reading

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Do The Right Thing

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Spike Lee’s best film is this explosive examination of racism in America, whittled down to the microcosm of a street corner in Brooklyn on the hottest day of the… Continue reading

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The Good Shepherd

BB (out of 5) Talky, boring, ridiculously long political drama, director Robert De Niro’s three hour epic on the creation of the CIA labours under the monotony of quiet conversations. Matt Damon is a… Continue reading

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Collateral Damage

BB.5 (out of 5) If The Sixth Day and End Of Days signaled the end of Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s box office reign, Collateral Damage made it official. The real disappointment is that Arnold’s earlier, more… Continue reading

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The Man Who Cried

BBBB (out of 5) Poetic melodrama from director Sally Potter that follows the plight of an orphaned Russian Jewish girl (Christina Ricci) raised by a childless couple in London in the thirties.  As… Continue reading

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The Color Of Money

BBBB (out of 5) The saga of ‘Fast’ Eddie Felson from The Hustler is continued in this enjoyable drama. Felson (Paul Newman), now older and not much into the game of pool, has… Continue reading

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Barton Fink

BBB (out of 5) In this highly stylized Coen Brothers comedy, John Turturro plays a Broadway playwright who is brought out to Hollywood to write films. Initially thrilled at the prospect of changing… Continue reading

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Miller’s Crossing

BB (out of 5) The Coen brothers get points for style and little else for this period gangster piece. Gabriel Byrne is boring as an advisor to a big-time Irish-American crime boss during Prohibition. Albert Finney and… Continue reading

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The Big Lebowski

BB (out of 5) Annoying Coen brothers film about mistaken identity has reprehensible loafer Jeff Bridges taking the heat from kidnappers when he is mistaken for a rich man with the same name as… Continue reading

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O Brother, Where Art Thou?

BBBB (out of 5) Set in the rural American south of the thirties, but still retaining the main events from Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey upon which it is based, the Coen Brothers… Continue reading

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Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

BB.5 (out of 5) More junk madness as the famous eighties toys return for their second sequel to the 2007 hit film. Michael Bay is once again at the helm of a loud,… Continue reading

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Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen

B.5 (out of 5) What should have been an even more exciting sequel to the rather formless original is just more of the same garbage, with a plot that piggybacks its predecessor so… Continue reading

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Transformers

BB (out of 5) Loud, unabashed mess from Michael Bay that updates the 80s toy sensation to the new millenium. Shia LaBeouf is a high-school student who is trying to get through his days… Continue reading

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Margot At The Wedding

BBBB (out of 5) Nicole Kidman gives a layered perforamnce as a successful writer returning to her childhood home to reconnect with her estranged sister (Jennifer Jason Leigh). The two of them haven’t spoken… Continue reading

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Company Man

BB.5 (out of 5) Douglas McGrath plays an earnest American grammar teacher whose wife (Sigourney Weaver) aspires to higher social standing. Unable to take the pressure from her or his father-in-law anymore, McGrath lies… Continue reading

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Grace Of My Heart

BBB.5 (out of 5) Despite the fact that this film loses most of its energy and verve in its last third, Illeana Douglas‘s fantastic performance should be enough to put it over for… Continue reading

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A Few Days In September (Quelques Jours En Septembre)

BBB (out of 5) Juliette Binoche plays a French secret agent whose former American contact goes missing before resurfacing later and contacting her. Binoche’s orders are to round up the American’s estranged daughter… 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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