Jaws 2

BB.5 (out of 5) Bruce is back, though we don’t know why: he was blown up at the end of the first film and there is no explanation for the waters of Amity Island once again being infested by the terror of a great white. I say this while ignoring the box office receipts pulled in by … More Jaws 2

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I Love Trouble

BBB (out of 5) Julia Roberts  is obviously having a gas in this mild-mannered romantic comedy, in which she and Nick Nolte play competing reporters for different newspapers who end up working the same case involving a mysterious train accident. Most of the key action scenes are done in a humorous style to up the romance … More I Love Trouble

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Waking The Dead

BBB.5 (out of 5) Moody and poetic drama about a young political candidate (Billy Crudup) haunted by the memories of his late girlfriend (Jennifer Connelly), a 70s rebel and freedom-fighting upstart. Trouble is, he doesn’t really know if he’s just imagining seeing her or if she really is appearing to him. Jodie Foster produced this … More Waking The Dead

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The Singing Detective

B.5 (out of 5) Dennis Potter’s immensely popular British television series finds its way to the Hollywood silver screen with tragically weak results. Robert Downey Jr. couldn’t be better in the lead role, a modern writer with psoriasis so bad it has crippled him in a hospital bed (the makeup effects on Downey’s skin are unappealingly … More The Singing Detective

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All That Jazz

BBBB (out of 5) Bob Fosse takes the cinematic spectacle of big-budget musicals and uses them to look inward, creating his own 8 1/2 in which Roy Scheider, as a fictionalized and far sexier version of Fosse himself, tries to balance work, life and womanizing to the ever increasing detriment of his health.  Working on a … More All That Jazz

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Dressed To Kill

BBB.5 (out of 5) Of all the films that Brian DeHitchcock has made as tribute to the master of suspense, this one is the most enjoyable and also probably the scariest as well. Angie Dickinson plays a beautiful, icy blonde woman (a la Hitchcock) who relates her sexual fantasies to her psychiatrist (Michael Caine, a la … More Dressed To Kill

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