Save The Tiger (1973)

JOHN G. AVILDSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1973.  Filmways Pictures, Cirandinha Productions, Jalem Productions.  Screenplay by Steve Shagan.  Cinematography by James Crabe.  Produced by Martin Ransohoff, Steve Shagan.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Jack T. Collis.  Costume Design by John A. Anderson.  Film Editing by David Bretherton.  Academy Awards 1973.  Golden Globe Awards 1973. Screenwriter Steve Shagan barely conceals his contempt…

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Kotch

BBB.5 (out of 5) Walter Matthau enjoys his days in charge of his beloved grandson, but his son and daughter-in-law eventually feel he is being asked to do too much and hire the child a nanny (a marvelous Deborah Winters). This allows Matthau to make more of a nuisance of himself than usual, prompting the…

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Starting Over

BBB.5 (out of 5) Candice Bergen is tired of being upper-middle-class housewife to Manhattan yuppie Burt Reynolds and has announced that she is leaving him.  Her decision is validated by the fact that her ambition to become a singer-songwriter of shallow feminist anthems (who very hilariously cannot sing) is an immediate success, while he succumbs to loneliness…

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D.A.R.Y.L.

BB (out of 5) Kids might enjoy this one, but adults will be bored silly. A family takes in a lost boy they find wandering in the wilderness with no recollection of his identity or his family. They start to notice that he has superb abilities for driving cars, flying jets and getting to REALLY high…

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The Mirror Has Two Faces

BBB (out of 5) Barbra Streisand spends two and a half hours trying to get Jeff Bridges to tell her she’s pretty. Should we care?  Actually, it’s a passable movie, easily enjoyable and lightly charming, but one whose central message is flawed and vain. Streisand plays a dorky Columbia University professor who answers an ad by skirt-chaser…

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Ordinary People

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Casting against type is what’s best about this family drama, one of the first to start the 80s trend of sober films where people talk about their myriad of problems. Mary Tyler Moore is so good she’s scary as the hard-edge suburban mother who refuses to see the problems facing her and…

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How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days

BB.5 (out of 5) Kate Hudson plays a journalist whose Cosmopolitan-esque magazine constantly has her finding new ways to tell the same stories about romance and personal grooming in the Big Apple. When her editor (Bebe Neuwirth) assigns her a story on how to lose a guy in ten days, she picks an unwitting advertising…

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The January Man

BB (out of 5) An all-star cast can’t save this incredibly dull mystery-comedy. Kevin Kline, who can never manage to save bad material, plays an ex-cop who was pushed off the force thanks to a scandal. When a serial killer starts terrorizing New York City, his superiors ask for him back on the job in…

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Chapter Two

BBBB (out of 5) Wonderful film based on a Neil Simon play is one of his warmest and most enjoyable works. James Caan plays a writer (based on Simon) whose loss of his beloved wife has put him in a creative slump that also extends to his personal life. Returning from a trip where he…

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3 Men And A Baby

BBB.5 (out of 5) The American remake of Trois Homme Et Une Couffin is a crowd-pleasing but also sweet-natured, enjoyable comedy. Three bachelor roommates (Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg) have their lives interrupted by the appearance of a baby girl on their front step, the product of Danson’s tryst with Nancy Travis.  Danson is an actor…

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Same Time, Next Year

BBB.5 (out of 5) A rainy night at a California inn brings together a married accountant (Alan Alda) and a happy housewife (Ellen Burstyn), who spend a wonderful evening together that ends up in bed. The next morning he hashes out his Red Scare-era guilt over what they did while she feels no remorse whatsoever;…

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Frankie And Johnny

BBBB (out of 5) This enjoyable drama is based on Terrence McNally’s play Frankie and Johnny In The Claire De Lune, about an overworked diner waitress (Michelle Pfeiffer) who is romanced by the short-order cook (Al Pacino) who works with her. While Pfeiffer is a ridiculously glamorous choice for the role (it was played by…

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