Freaky Friday

BBBB (out of 5) Surprisingly terrific adaptation of the comedy that originally starred Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris. Jamie Lee Curtis plays an overworked therapist and mother who is about to get married to her boyfriend (Mark Harmon), despite the emotional objections of her difficult teenaged daughter (Lindsay Lohan). The two fight about various mother-daughter conflict…

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The Seduction Of Joe Tynan

BBB (out of 5) Alan Alda‘s Joe Tynan is thrown into a crisis of conscience when he is asked by an old friend (Melvyn Douglas) to back a candidate from the South for the Supreme Court, then finds out that the candidate is actually a documented racist, which goes against Tynan’s own politics. The crisis…

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Beautiful

BB.5 (out of 5) Sally Field makes a middling directorial debut with this distracting comedy about an obsessive beauty pageant contestant (Minnie Driver) who wants to be Miss Universe badly enough to ignore the people close to her.  Joey Lauren Adams is adorable as her best friend, who supports her as far as claiming to be…

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Primary Colors

BBBBB (out of 5) Based on the tell-all book by “Anonymous” (actually Joe Klein), Elaine May’s excellent script fictionalizes the Clintons’ primary race towards the Oval Office. Presidential candidate Jack Stanton (John Travolta) is a womanizing manipulator who is still capable of being a great leader and worthy of admiration no matter what his personal…

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The Big Lebowski

BB (out of 5) Annoying Coen brothers film about mistaken identity has reprehensible loafer Jeff Bridges taking the heat from kidnappers when he is mistaken for a rich man with the same name as himself.   Fans of John Goodman and Julianne Moore will enjoy how much they shine in their small roles, but Bridges is so unlikable…

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Wag The Dog

BBBBB (out of 5) Exceptionally witty comedy by Barry Levinson stars Dustin Hoffman as a movie producer who is enlisted by top government official Robert De Niro to create a war for the American public to see on their television screens.  The hope is that it will detract from a sex scandal that the current president is…

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