Yentl

BBB (out of 5) Barbra Streisand fans will no doubt have nothing but the highest praise for this film, while those who are picky about either her or musicals are advised to look elsewhere. She plays the titular Eastern European girl at the turn of the century (who is obviously older than a girl and has…

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B. Monkey

BB.5 (out of 5) Oddball gangster flick stars an appealing cast in a story that makes far too little sense. Jared Harris (Richard’s son) plays a school teacher and hospital disc jockey (?) who has no idea that his beautiful new girlfriend (Asia Argento) was once a hired killer. Of course, he has wanted an exciting life…

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Little Shop Of Horrors

BBBB (out of 5) The tremendously popular Broadway musical, based on the Roger Corman horror film of the same name, reaches the screen with fantastic results. Rick Moranis is heroically geeky as a florist’s assistant who finds a strange plant growing from the ground after a solar eclipse. Naming it Audrey II after the girl of…

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102 Dalmatians

BBBB (out of 5) The smarmy, overlong and annoying 101 Dalmatians directed by Stephen Herek gets a huge lift from a highly superior sequel, this time directed by Tarzan‘s Kevin Lima. More faithful to the original animated version of the 60s than its predecessor, Lima keeps the pace going and keeps the action lively. This…

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The Trip (2010)

BBBB (out of 5) If you ever wondered how a British My Dinner With Andre starring less intellectual minds would turn out, just watch this terrific quasi-documentary by Michael Winterbottom, expertly whittled down to feature film length from the BBC miniseries that it originally started out as. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play fictionalized versions…

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Welcome To Sarajevo

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Powerful drama by Michael Winterbottom about peacekeepers of various nationalities in Bosnia. Stephen Dillane is excellent as a Brit trying to escort a young orphan to safety in England where he plans to adopt her. Cast members Kerry Fox, Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei also have their various tasks to complete, and each…

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Superman IV: The Quest For Peace

BB.5 (out of 5) Christopher Reeve‘s hero franchise definitely reached its finale when this under-baked adventure was released. Despite an earnest plot line devoted to dealing with current world issues (nuclear disarmament and world peace), there’s very little fun to it and even less creativity. Reeve (who also co-wrote) is once again the man of…

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