Boxing Helena

B (out of 5) The controversy surrounding this film is a hell of a lot more interesting than the product itself. Kim Basinger decided six months after being committed to the project that she no longer wanted to be a part of it and broke her verbal contract with the producers, prompting one of the … More Boxing Helena

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Impromptu

BBBB (out of 5) For some, the idea of making up a story that involves great historical figures of the art world might seem like total sacrilege, but in James Lapine’s delightful romantic comedy the experiment is the stuff of movie magic.  Judy Davis is indomitable as author Georges Sand, who vacations with a group of … More Impromptu

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Vibes

BB.5 (out of 5) Cyndi Lauper and Jeff Goldblum play dueling psychics who are hired by Peter Falk to help him find his son. He says that his boy was lost somewhere in South America and he needs their mental powers to help locate him. When they arrive at their destination, they discover that Falk has actually … More Vibes

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Gothic

B (out of 5) As in Haunted Summer and Rowing With The Wind, the famed gathering of notable historical figures at the house of Lord Byron is once again the subject of a film. This time, however, a film has taken the basic premise and come up with a completely fictitious story, one that ends … More Gothic

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Vatel

BB.5 (out of 5) Roland Joffe produces a visually stunning but shallow period piece involving an eighteenth century French prince (Julian Glover) who puts on a lavish spectacle when the Sun King, Louis XIV (Julian Sands), visits his chateau to discuss possible war with Holland. The task of keeping the entire mansion running smoothly during … More Vatel

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The Killing Fields

BBBBB (out of 5) Right up there with Missing among the handful of brilliant political thrillers made in the early 80s, starring Sam Waterston as Sydney Schanberg, whose writings for the New York Times inspired the film. Schanberg was trapped in Cambodia during Pol Pot’s “Year Zero” genocide, teaming up with Cambodian contact Dith Pran (Haing S. … More The Killing Fields

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Timecode

BB.5 (out of 5) Director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) sends out four video cameras on a Los Angeles afternoon to film various actors improvising to a pre-arranged story, interacting at various times and switching over story lines at some points. Great idea, but why is it so boring? The characters mostly mumble and shuffle … More Timecode

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