When A Man Loves A Woman (1994)

LUIS MANDOKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1994.  Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Ronald Bass, Al Franken.  Cinematography by Lajos Koltai.  Produced by Jon Avnet, Jordan Kerner.  Music by Zbigniew Preisner.  Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel.  Costume Design by Linda M. Bass.  Film Editing by Garth Craven.   Alcoholism is given the shallow Ross Hunter treatment in this silly soap opera.  Meg Ryan is happily…

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Less Than Zero

B (out of 5) Bret Easton Ellis’ novel about rich kids living in the fast lane is given an atrocious screen treatment.  Andrew McCarthy comes back to his hometown of Los Angeles after his first year of college, discovering that ex-girlfriend Jami Gertz is now dating his best friend Robert Downey Jr.. She enlists McCarthy’s help as…

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Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent ensemble piece takes a look at the private moments in the everyday lives of seven completely different and fascinating women. Woven loosely together but completely separate as well, the stories start with Glenn Close as a lonely doctor taking care of her aging mother and waiting for a phone call from…

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Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow

BBB.5 (out of 5) One of the most original looking movies made in the last decade, this thrilling adventure is a bit weak on plot but chock full of entertainment value. Jude Law is blandly stoic as a fighter pilot who is called upon to defend a forties-looking New York City from the invasion of giant…

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Men Don’t Leave

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jessica Lange struggles to put her life back together after her husband dies in a car accident. Now saddled with two boys to raise and a house she can no longer afford, she works hard to get herself a job after having been a housewife for so long, while also trying to…

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Risky Business

BBBB (out of 5) Enter Star: you couldn’t hear enough about Tom Cruise after the success of this comedy made him the symbol of youthful rebellion for generations to come. The image of him dancing in underwear and sunglasses is still one of the most strongly recognized in Hollywood history. He plays a precocious teenager who…

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Red Corner

BBB (out of 5) Richard Gere is an innocent man framed for murder in this passable thriller set in China, as a visiting businessman who really steps in it when a fashion model ends up dead in his hotel room. Jailed without proper representation, he must beat a court system that is very foreign to him…

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Up Close & Personal

BBBB (out of 5) When Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne sold their script of Up Close And Personal, based on a biography of the late Jessica Savitch called Golden Girl, to Walt Disney’s Touchstone Pictures, they had no idea that they were in for seven years of script development hell. Savitch, an ambitious reporter…

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Fried Green Tomatoes

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This marvelous journey had its inception in Fannie Flagg’s deliciously Southern novel Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe. From there it made the transition to the big screen with its deeply sympathetic characters and enjoyably sentimental situations intact. Films like Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and How To…

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