Joe Gould’s Secret

BBB.5 (out of 5) Pleasant tribute to Manhattan life in the 1940s, with Stanley Tucci (who also directs) playing New Yorker columnist Joe Mitchell. Mitchell comes upon the story of the decade when he meets Joe Gould (Ian Holm), a wildly passionate, manic and emotional vagrant who has no set purpose in life except for the … More Joe Gould’s Secret

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Addams Family Values

BBBB (out of 5) In this superior sequel to the 1991 comedy, the kooky, creepy Addams family find themselves welcoming a new addition to their family: a baby boy! Now the two older children, Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) are thrown in a jealous tizzy, while the baby’s new nanny (Joan Cusack) captures … More Addams Family Values

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The Juror

BB.5 (out of 5) Demi Moore did a double-header turkey show when she followed her box-office failure in Striptease with this lame drama that steals the entire plot from Trial By Jury, which wasn’t much better anyway. Moore plays a regular everyday hardworking mom who is selected for jury duty at the murder trial of a notorious … More The Juror

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Drunks

BB.5 (out of 5) More of an acting exercise than a movie, this film is adapted from the Broadway play Blackout. Richard Lewis plays an alcoholic who struggles with his addiction in between rounds at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Every time he attends a meeting, an individual offers their testimony about their life with drinking and … More Drunks

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Small Time Crooks (2000)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2000.  DreamWorks, Sweetland Films.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Fei Zhao.  Produced by Jean Doumanian.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzanne McCabe.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.  Golden Globe Awards 2000.   Tracey Ullman is magnificent as Woody Allen‘s exasperated wife, who starts a cookie business as a front for her husband’s plans for … More Small Time Crooks (2000)

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Celebrity (1998)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Sweetland Films, Magnolia Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Jean Doumanian.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.   Woody Allen has made a shallow film about shallow people, but hopefully the parade of famous faces who traverse the screen will … More Celebrity (1998)

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