13 Going On 30

BBBB (out of 5) It’s 1987, and 13 year-old Jenna Rink is desperate to fit in with the cool kids at school. She even goes as far as alienating her geeky best friend Matt at her birthday party in order to impress ‘in-crowd’ ringleader Lucy. When she’s sprinkled with some birthday wishing dust and announces…

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Austin Powers In Goldmember

BB (out of 5) In the first installment of this comedy series, Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery, writer/star Mike Myers surrounded a bunch of hysterical sight gags with a witty premise that aptly spoofed the many spy thrillers that have permeated pop culture for the last half-century. Two sequels removed, the gross-out humour and…

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Starsky & Hutch

BB (out of 5) The popular cop show of the seventies is brought to the big screen as an uncomfortable mix of groovy parody and straight whodunit. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson play the titular characters, two disciplinary cases on the force who are put together as an attempt by their superior officer to straighten them both…

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Madonna: Truth Or Dare

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This fascinating documentary takes you behind the scenes of pop icon Madonna‘s 1990 Blond Ambition tour:  her dancers are interviewed, her family is examined, and the icon herself does a whole lot of performing for the camera both on stage and off.  For some, the film only skims the surface in…

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Showgirls

0 (out of 5) Elizabeth Berkley is absolutely hideous (and strangely hilarious) as a blonde idiot travelling through Los Angeles looking for a life. Let me save you the two hours: she never finds one. What she does find, however, is the opportunity to be a star, so after doing a stint stripping at a…

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Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit

BB.5 (out of 5) All the fun is gone from the original musical comedy that preceded this uninspired sequel. Whoopi Goldberg is brought back into the fray and asked to don the habit for her sweet-singing sisters, this time as musical teacher to a group of high school kids looking to win a talent competition. Lauryn…

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The Birdcage

BBB.5 (out of 5) Hysterical adaptation of the popular French comedy classic La Cage Aux Folles isn’t as well written as the original, but is still provides plenty of good laughs.  Robin Williams and Nathan Lane are a couple who are delighted when son Dan Futterman appears at their South Beach home for a visit, announcing that he is…

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Rent

BBB (out of 5) The late Jonathan Larson’s hit Broadway play makes it to the big screen with respectable results, nine years after it set Broadway on fire. Most of the original cast (minus two, replaced here by Rosario Dawson and Tracie Thoms) have been reunited to perform their roles as a group of artists living…

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Naked Boys Singing

0 (out of 5) This is not actually a movie, but a filmed performance of a live musical show in which a group of completely naked men purport to sing about gay issues (actually they only sing about gay culture, which is not the same thing). Superb in concept (particularly when the guys look this…

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Adam & Steve

BBB (out of 5) Way back in 1987, stylish goths Adam (Craig Chester) and chubby best friend Rhonda (Parker Posey) go to Danceteria and he meets a go-go dancer named Steve (Malcolm Gets) who catches his eye. Their evening together is a happily forgotten disaster, and twenty years later the two meet by happenstance when…

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