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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Anywhere But Here

BB (out of 5) The presence of at least one happy scene would have done much for this overly melodramatic film about a young woman (Natalie Portman) being dragged across the country by her ambitious and, she thinks, selfish mother (Susan Sarandon). The performances by the two ladies couldn’t be better, but Wayne Wang’s direction…

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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 move along. Their daughter’s fiance (Jake Gyllenhaal) is in a similar position, unable to sort out his feelings long enough to decide…

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Ghostbusters II

BBB (out of 5) Tepid sequel finds the gang of Ghostbusters living on skid row now that the city is cleaned of all its paranormal activity and they’ve become a big joke. Working birthday parties to stay afloat while fighting a court case that threatens to bankrupt them, the boys suddenly spring back into action…

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Congo

BB (out of 5) Michael Crichton’s horror novel has reached the big screen with exceptionally unimpressive results. A team composed of army brass and scientists are sent to the jungles of Africa after a previous team was lost in search of a diamond reserve whose precious stones were to be used for communication devices. What…

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Death Becomes Her

BBB (out of 5) Funny, fast-paced black comedy directed with melodramatic verve by Robert Zemeckis, this film succeeds mostly because of its stars. Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn have been best friends and worst enemies all their lives, fighting over the same man (Bruce Willis), until both end up dead but still alive because of a magic…

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Romancing The Stone

BBBBB (out of 5) Delightful entertainment combines exotic adventure, action, comedy and romance in one terrific package, expertly written by Leslie Dixon and enthusiastically directed by Robert Zemeckis. Kathleen Turner is marvelous as a bookish, lonely romance novelist who gets a call from her sister (Zemeckis’s then-wife Mary Ellen Trainor) that she is in trouble with…

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Die Hard

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Action-packed, exciting tower-of-terrors movie that features Bruce Willis in the role that deservedly made him a superstar. What do you need when German terrorists take a Japanese-owned California building hostage?  A New York cop, of course! Alan Rickman plays the head of terrorists who hold up a forty-story building on Christmas…

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Grand Canyon

BBBB (out of 5) Eight years after Lawrence Kasdan caught the world’s attention with The Big Chill, he provides another tasteful and intelligent examination of a group of thirtysomething characters. Kevin Kline opens the film in a riveting sequence that has his car die in the middle of a troubled neighbourhood until a stranger (Danny…

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Lethal Weapon 2

BB.5 (out of 5) Caught between the excellent Lethal Weapon and the mindlessly entertaining Lethal Weapon 3, this lackluster installment doesn’t really stand up all too well. Mel Gibson is once again the loose cannon and Danny Glover the straight-laced cop who partner up on the Los Angeles police force. When they interview a witness (Joe…

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Lethal Weapon 4

BB (out of 5) Danny Glover is no longer the only one who is getting too old for this shit. He and Mel Gibson have had their day and are long past it but insist on coming back for one more Lethal Weapon adventure. This one reunites them with Joe Pesci, Rene Russo (now Mel’s wife in the…

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Lethal Weapon 3

BBB.5 (out of 5) Yup, those wiseguys are back, no smarter or quicker than they ever were before. This time, they’ve gotten themselves (or should I say, Mel Gibson has gotten them) into so much trouble with their superiors that he and Danny Glover have been demoted to beat cops on the sidewalk. Even at that…

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