Secretary

BBB (out of 5) Maggie Gyllenhaal is an intensely self-destructive masochist who is released from a mental institution with a certificate of health that might be a bit too premature for her optimistic mother (Lesley Ann Warren). Making her way out into the world, she gets a job working as a secretary for a sheepish lawyer…

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Desperately Seeking Susan

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Rosanna Arquette plays a bored New Jersey housewife who gets a little excitement in her life when she gets amnesia and accidentally falls into the personality and life of small-time freewheeling con artist Susan (Madonna in her feature film debut), and can’t seem to find her way out of it.  Aidan Quinn is…

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Fatal Attraction (1987)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by James Dearden, based on his short film.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Sherry Lansing, Stanley R. Jaffe.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Peter E. Berger, Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.   Michael Douglas plays a hapless married man who is left…

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The Rundown

BB (out of 5) Remember the good old days of Romancing The Stone and Indiana Jones when adventure movies actually had adventure?  Despite the impressive presence of Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), who really does make a great action star, and the quirky humour of Seann William Scott (who could have handled the movie all on his own),…

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Dark Horse

BBB (out of 5) Rotund underachiever Jordan Gelber meets moody Selma Blair at a wedding and decides that she is his opportunity to move on from his parents’ home and get married. Currently, his lifestyle of driving a big hummer in the suburbs and collecting action figures is constantly put down by the fact that his handsome…

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