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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The Snow Walker

BBB (out of 5) A fighter pilot (Barry Pepper) works out of an air base in the Northwest Territories eight years after the end of World War II. While on a routine flight run, he stops and picks up an Inuit woman suffering from tuberculosis and agrees to fly her to Yellowknife where she will…

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Circuit

BB (out of 5) A cop (Jonathan Wade-Drahos) experiences homophobia among his own colleagues and quits his job, moving to Los Angeles and becoming entrenched in the circuit party scene. Partying night after night, having anonymous sex and doing countless recreational drugs without moving his life towards any discernible purpose eventually takes its toll, alienating…

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Duets

BB (out of 5) Looking for a good musical? Bypass this one quickly, about a group of shallow characters who work their way towards a national karaoke contest. Scott Speedman plays the sleepy-eyed cutiepie (a role once marked for Brad Pitt years before he and co-star Gwyneth Paltrow broke up) who escorts Maria Bello (a well performed but poorly…

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Liberty Heights

BBBB (out of 5) Another in the long line of Barry Levinson’s stories of growing up Jewish in 1950s Baltimore. Ben Foster makes an excellent debut as the main character, a teenager experiencing all the growing pains we’ve come to know and love in these types of films, and maybe a few more than you reckon…

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Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood

BBB (out of 5) Academy Award-winning screenwriter Callie Khouri (Thelma and Louise, Something To Talk About) once again explores the inner geography of Southern women in her adaptation of the same-titled Rebecca Wells novel as well as its follow up, Little Altars Everywhere. Also making her debut as director, Khouri has assembled a world-class assortment…

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Independence Day

BB (out of 5) Trite and dull science-fiction disaster film. President Bill Pullman has to pull together his best resources when it is discovered that aliens are on their way to attack Earth and destroy all of humanity. A giant host of characters, led mainly by action hero Will Smith, band together to kill the evil…

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Bicentennial Man

B (out of 5) A futuristic family headed up by Sam Neill and Wendy Crewson buy a robotic domestic servant (Robin Williams) who comes to live in their house and perform all their chores. When the robot shows signs of gifted intellect, Neill orders upgrades to be done on him until the android decides to begin…

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Pushing Tin

BB.5 (out of 5) Ensemble comedy about air traffic controllers in New Jersey and the lives they lead.  John Cusack is a high-flying member of the team whose life is not seriously affected by the dangerously stressful career he engages in, one with a high suicide rate and many employees checking in to lifetime-committed therapy. In…

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Intolerable Cruelty

BB.5 (out of 5) George Clooney plays a cutthroat divorce attorney who never loses a case and makes sure his opponents get taken for every dime they’re worth. He meets his match when he represents a rich businessman (Edward Herrmann) and has to protect him against a money-grubbing ex-wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) who has every intention of…

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