Norbit

0 (out of 5) Eddie Murphy has had a few dogs in his highly successful career, but it’s still surprising to think that this piece of garbage could involve him. Teaming up with makeup wizard Rick Baker, Murphy plays three characters: the title role, a soft-spoken dweeb who is raised in an orphanage, an (offensively stereotyped)…

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Vampire In Brooklyn

BB (out of 5) Eddie Murphy plays an ages-old vampire who arrives by ship in New York and is awakened there; one look at policewoman Angela Bassett and he’s hooked. The film tries to be funny, but its unappetizing combination of screwball comedy and disgusting imagery will keep fans from really warming up to it, even those…

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The Ides Of March

BB.5 (out of 5) This tepid, underwhelming political drama stands on the shoulders of better films without adding anything new. Ryan Gosling is the idealistic assistant to a Democratic campaign manager (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who has an unwavering belief in the possibility that their candidate (George Clooney, who also wrote and directed) will be the…

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Brother Bear

BBBB (out of 5) Disney turns to Native folklore once again for an animated feature, this time the results being highly superior to Barbie-Pocahontas. A young Inuit boy named Kenai, ignoring his own totem of brotherly love, unfairly seeks revenge on the grizzly bear that was involved in his brother’s death, and after killing it…

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