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The Nice Guys

BBB.5 (out of 5) A hired thug (Russell Crowe, more lighthearted than he’s been in years) is hired by a young woman to keep a couple of guys off her tail; this leads… Continue reading

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All About Steve

B (out of 5) A film that was released to an immediate reputation as a stinker, and sadly it is well deserved. Sandra Bullock gives an execrably bad, not to mention confusing performance as… Continue reading

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Where The Heart Is

BB (out of 5) Natalie Portman plays a trailer-trash teenager whose boyfriend leaves her stranded at a Wal-Mart, literally barefoot and pregnant. Sleeping in the department store in its off hours, Portman lives there… Continue reading

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Cloud Atlas

BB.5 (out of 5) A scientist in the late nineteenth century is beset by illness while on an ocean voyage; a composer in England in the 1930s becomes assistant to a cantankerous legend… Continue reading

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Chronicles Of Riddick

BBB (out of 5) Five years after the exciting events of Pitch Black, morally ambiguous ex-convict Riddick (Vin Diesel) is caught by a bounty hunter and brought to a planet about to be… Continue reading

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Pitch Black

BBB (out of 5) Terrifying futuristic thriller about a prison-shuttle ship marooned on a distant planet inhabited by killer creatures that only come out at night. So you only have to worry about… Continue reading

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Agent Cody Banks

BBB (out of 5) Cody Banks (Frankie Muniz) is a regular high school kid who is too shy to talk to girls. He’s also a Secret Service Agent recruited by the government as… Continue reading

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Barbershop

BBB (out of 5) A Chicago barbershop is the setting for this delightful comedy, where local residents gather to spiff themselves up and engage in conversations about their lives and the world around… Continue reading

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Reality Bites

BBB (out of 5) Gen X-ers graduate from college and are unable to find themselves a place in the new ‘real’ world that daunts them.  Winona Ryder displays a dollop of star quality… Continue reading

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Hollywood Homicide

BB (out of 5) Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett play an oddly matched team of homicide detectives, both of whom also have other jobs on the side. Ford is a real estate agent,… Continue reading

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Coraline

BBBB (out of 5) Coraline arrives at her new home in the countryside and finds there is no one to play with. Her parents are horticultural writers who have absolutely no time for… Continue reading

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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

BBB (out of 5) Shamefully, the first film to be done with completely realistic three-dimensional animation is saddled with a script that is flat as a board. The voices of Ming-Na Wen, Alec… Continue reading

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Head Of State

B (out of 5) After a presidential candidate dies in a plane crash, members of his party decide to promote a completely hopeless candidate in order to build prestige for themselves in the… Continue reading

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The Quick And The Dead

BB.5 (out of 5) Sharon Stone has a great time parading around this western as a stranger who walks into a dusty old town in the Wild Wild West in search of vengeance. Her… Continue reading

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Mr. And Mrs. Smith (2005)

BBBB (out of 5) Ah, if only more couples took the Kurt ‘N’ Courtney approach to solving their marital difficulties, they’d end up looking as healthy and gorgeous as the stars of this… Continue reading

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Transporter 2

BB (out of 5) Shame about the plot: were it only for Jason Statham‘s ability to carry a film, this would be a surefire action classic, but the shoddy writing and poor direction… Continue reading

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Death At A Funeral (2010)

BB (out of 5) This near-exact remake of the 2007 British comedy takes place at the funeral of a beloved husband and father whose eldest son (Chris Rock) is undergoing a crisis: his… Continue reading

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The Oh In Ohio

B (out of 5) Unwatchable dreck that is a disappointment considering the cast involved.  Parker Posey plays a successful VP who has a terrible secret in her personal life: she has never enjoyed an… Continue reading

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Final Analysis

BB (out of 5) Tepid thriller that goes far past the climax point, with director Phil Joanou failing to indulge in the opportunity to campily recreate the conventions of Hitchcockian storytelling.  Kim Basinger is… Continue reading

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Volcano

B (out of 5) Anne Heche is a bouncy geologist who discovers the hard way that Los Angeles is sitting on a major volcano hot spot and is seconds away from turning into the… Continue reading

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Always (1989)

BBB.5 (out of 5) In this remake of A Guy Named Joe, Richard Dreyfuss plays an airborne firefighter who dies in a tragic accident, leaving behind his heartbroken girlfriend (Holly Hunter) and his best… Continue reading

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An Eye For An Eye

B (out of 5) It’s rather unfortunate when an Oscar winning star and similarly feted director can come up with nothing better to occupy their time and talent than this bullshit TV movie fare. Sally… Continue reading

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Crash (2004)

BBB (out of 5) Culture clash in Los Angeles is the subject of this grim, multi-plotted drama, though deep down inside it’s also about the current climate of American politics: these characters make… Continue reading

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Larger Than Life

BB.5 (out of 5) Silly little comedy about a man who loses his emotional barriers by befriending an elephant (yes, that’s right, an elephant).  Bill Murray plays an overworked self-help guru who unwittingly… Continue reading

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Platoon

BBBBB (out of 5) Outstanding film about the Vietnam war that is right up there with The Deer Hunter and Apocalypse Now, and stands on its own merit for being the best of… Continue reading

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There’s Something About Mary

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A cut above all other films in the gross-out comedy genre, and a sight better than anything else the Farrelly brothers have done before or since is this sweet,… Continue reading

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The Replacements

BB (out of 5) Fairly funny film that clunks along from scene to scene, never building up much in the way of comedic momentum. The film is weighed down by dull performances, from Keanu Reeves as… 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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The Princess And The Frog

BBBB (out of 5) Disney makes an animated film that concentrates primarily on African American characters; well, it only took a hundred years, and it is after all a very progressive country. Anika… Continue reading

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Hercules (1997)

BBBB (out of 5) Fun-filled musical from Disney animation has the Greek legend of Hercules retold in Motown style, with a fabulous chorus of singers and a cast of infectiously adorable characters. Hercules… Continue reading

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Bird

BBBB (out of 5) The life and art of jazz trumpetist Charlie “Bird” Parker has been brought to the screen with vigour and intensity by director Clint Eastwood. Forest Whitaker is finely cast… Continue reading

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The Thing

BBB.5 (out of 5) A stray dog runs into a research station in Antarctica followed by a crazed man who is trying to kill it. The scientists working at the station have no… Continue reading

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Armageddon

BB (out of 5) When a giant asteroid heading straight towards Earth is discovered by scientists, the American government quickly puts together a drilling team to go up into outer space and blast… Continue reading

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Blue In The Face

BB.5 (out of 5) The filmmakers who created Smoke found themselves with leftover characters and sets from the first film and decided to make a sort of semi-sequel. Instead of a script, they… Continue reading

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Novocaine

BB.5 (out of 5) A by-the-book dentist (Steve Martin, who excels in a non-comedic role) finds his life turned upside down when a quirky patient (Helena Bonham Carter) makes a move on him… Continue reading

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Requiem For A Dream

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Harrowing, uncompromising look at the world of drug addiction, Darren Aronofsky’s sophomore effort is a masterpiece of visual elegance and hard-edged style that surpasses his witty but self-conscious debut,… Continue reading

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Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London

B (out of 5) Abysmal sequel to the enjoyable original, this one features none of the charming wit that made the first one so appealing. Back at his old routine of awkward shyness… Continue reading

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