Tag Archive: Mark Isham

Warrior

BBB (out of 5) It’s about MMA fighting and not boxing, but do you really think the story is going to be that much different from the other tales of underdogs in the… Continue reading

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Life As A House

BBB (out of 5) Respectable ensemble drama centering around a dying man (Kevin Kline) who decides to finally tear down his dilapidated house after twenty years and rebuild it in his own image.… Continue reading

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The Net

BB.5 (out of 5) Sandra Bullock is a computer hacker who accidentally stumbles upon sensitive information related to information terrorists trying to undermine the American government. She’s also once again a lonely, fuzzy-loveable girl… Continue reading

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Men Of Honor

BBBB (out of 5) Exceptionally well-made movie about Carl Brashear, the very first African-American Navy diver. Cuba Gooding Jr. gives a sturdy and unsentimental performance as the man who overcame personal and political… Continue reading

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At First Sight

BB.5 (out of 5) Intense drama about Mira Sorvino meeting blind massage therapist Val Kilmer at a resort and falling in love with him. Finding out about a new miracle eye operation, Sorvino convinces Kilmer… Continue reading

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Of Mice And Men (1992)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Faithful, literate adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel is passionately adapted to the screen by writer-director-star Gary Sinise, pre-Forrest Gump fame. He gives an excellent performance as George, a… Continue reading

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Moonlight Mile

BB (out of 5) After a middle-aged couple (Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon) lose their daughter to murder, they find their lives are at a standstill while they look for something to help them… Continue reading

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Trixie

BB (out of 5) Dull, uneventful murder mystery directed by Alan Rudolph.  Emily Watson is so cute it hurts as the titular heroine, a tongue-twisted innocent who wants to graduate from store detective (or… Continue reading

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Breakfast Of Champions

B.5 (out of 5) Raucously noisy adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s popular novel that has Bruce Willis giving an excellent performance in what is otherwise a really brutal mess. He plays a car salesman whose… Continue reading

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Afterglow

BBB.5 (out of 5) Julie Christie  is luminous in this enjoyable character study as a lonely wife to a philandering husband (Nick Nolte) who is having an affair with a beautiful young woman… Continue reading

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Mrs. Parker And The Vicious Circle

BBBB (out of 5) Alan Rudolph, the mini-Robert Altman, comes up with a formless foray into the world of Dorothy Parker (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and the Algonquin set of New York in the… Continue reading

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Mortal Thoughts

BBBB (out of 5) Riveting thriller is a rare example of genre work from director Alan Rudolph, one of his best and most interesting films. Placing the emphasis on character development, the film… Continue reading

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The Moderns

BB (out of 5) This meandering drama features characters who constantly threaten to be memorable but never quite manage it. Keith Carradine plays an American expatriate living as an artist in Paris who gets… Continue reading

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Made In Heaven

B.5 (out of 5) Annoyingly sappy schlock from director Alan Rudolph, whose films can usually be counted on to be anything but cheesy. Timothy Hutton plays a young man in the 1940s who dies… Continue reading

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Hard Ball

BBB.5 (out of 5) Keanu Reeves plays a compulsive gambler whose debts have caught up with him and landed him in big trouble. To help ease his money problems, his friend (Michael McGlone) suggests… Continue reading

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Lions For Lambs

BB.5 (out of 5) Three stories play out simultaneously in this highly charged political drama. A university professor (Robert Redford) in California councils a student (Andrew Garfield) about his failing attendance in his… Continue reading

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Quiz Show

BBBBB (out of 5) Robert Redford directs this awe-inspiring examination of the more “innocent” days of television.  When it is revealed that a popular quiz show has been rigging its contestants with answers… Continue reading

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A River Runs Through It

BBBB (out of 5) Poetic and touching, this is a good film for those who love movies about fly fishing. All five of you. For the rest, it’s a fantastic drama about two… Continue reading

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Blade

BB.5 (out of 5) Wesley Snipes plays a brawny vampire killer who is human but has vampire powers thanks to his mother having been bitten by a bloodsucker during pregnancy. He roams the underworld… Continue reading

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Spartan

BBBB (out of 5) After the president’s daughter is kidnapped and taken by sex-slave traders from the Middle East, the Secret Service recruit a Lone Wolf military man (Val Kilmer) to track her… Continue reading

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The Cooler

BBBB (out of 5) Bust out the cigars, folks, cause Mr. Scorsese’s Casino just got itself a brand new baby brother. Three of the most impressive performances of 2003 sparkle in this nifty… Continue reading

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Freedom Writers

BBB (out of 5) Oooh, here comes that crazy white lady. Yet another plucky innocent educator is thrown to young wolves in this umpteenth ‘inspiring teacher’ movie that, lo and behold, actually manages… Continue reading

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In Her Shoes

BBBB (out of 5) Toni Collette is a successful lawyer whose orderly life is periodically disrupted by her aimless but highly glamorous, boy-crazy sister (Cameron Diaz) in this absorbing film by Curtis Hanson… Continue reading

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The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call – New Orleans

BB (out of 5) This free form remake of a recent film, which director Werner Herzog casually admits that he has never seen, should have been a hell of a lot crazier, particularly as Nicolas… Continue reading

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Home For The Holidays

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jodie Foster makes her second film as director with this heartwarming but uneven family comedy/drama. Holly Hunter plays an art restorer who gets fired from her swanky California job… Continue reading

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Little Man Tate

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jodie Foster makes her directorial debut with this admirable drama, also starring as an overworked single mother who discovers that her baby son shows signs of exceptional intelligence. Now heading… Continue reading

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Bobby

BBB.5 (out of 5) It’s June 6, 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, the entire building abuzz with anticipation as guests await the arrival of America’s possible next president, Robert Kennedy.… Continue reading

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The Women (2008)

BB.5 (out of 5) Years in development, this Meg Ryan vehicle is a remake of George Cukor’s perennial classic of the same title, based on the play by Clare Booth Luce. In both versions… Continue reading

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The Black Dahlia

BBB.5 (out of 5) Josh Hartnett plays a homicide cop on the LAPD who, along with partner Aaron Eckhart, becomes involved in solving the murder of a young actress (Mia Kirshner, who is fantastic… Continue reading

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Point Break

BBB.5 (out of 5) After a series of robberies have been committed in banks by men wearing presidential masks, suspicion arises that their identities might actually be those of a group of California… Continue reading

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Last Dance

BB (out of 5) If this film were equal to Sharon Stone‘s performance in the lead, it would be so much more than a bad ripoff of Tim Robbin’s highly superior Dead Man… Continue reading

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Fly Away Home

BBBB (out of 5) All young people should see this beautiful tale about an introverted lass (Anna Paquin) who discovers a motherless family of goose eggs in an endangered forest and raises them… Continue reading

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Never Cry Wolf

BBBBB (out of 5) One of the best nature films ever made, and a powerful indictment of the harm that humans have caused to the animal world around us. Farley Mowat’s autobiographical novel… Continue reading

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Cool World

B (out of 5) Gabriel Byrne plays a comic book artist whose little world of ‘doodles’ and ‘humanoids’ turns out to actually exist! After a scientist finds a way to bridge the human world… Continue reading

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Mrs. Soffel

BBB (out of 5) This fact-based romance is a passable soap opera, elevated beyond its status by a genre-bending performance by Diane Keaton (costume drama is not the first thing you associate her with,… Continue reading

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Nell

BBB (out of 5) Jodie Foster gives an endearing performance in this half-baked drama about a backwoods wild child who is discovered by a psychiatrist (Liam Neeson) after her mother dies.  Foster was raised in complete seclusion… Continue reading

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The Gingerbread Man

BB.5 (out of 5) Uneventful Robert Altman film written by John Grisham, the first time he has written a story directly for the screen.  Calling it an “original” screenplay would be a misnomer,… Continue reading

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Short Cuts

BBBBB (out of 5) This three-hour masterpiece adapts a number of Raymond Carver stories and blends them into one seamless epic. The stories concern a group of individuals living in California and the… Continue reading

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Safe Passage

BBB (out of 5) Susan Sarandon plays a mother of seven grown boys whose one son is fighting overseas in the Gulf War. She learns on the news that he has been involved… Continue reading

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