13 Going On 30

BBBB (out of 5) It’s 1987, and 13 year-old Jenna Rink is desperate to fit in with the cool kids at school. She even goes as far as alienating her geeky best friend Matt at her birthday party in order to impress ‘in-crowd’ ringleader Lucy. When she’s sprinkled with some birthday wishing dust and announces…

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Speechless (1994)

BBB (out of 5) Geena Davis and Michael Keaton play speechwriters who work for two opposing politicians during a senate race in New Mexico. After meeting various times and discovering how much they irritate each other, they fall madly in love and create a huge conflict of interest for their jobs. These two are the perfect performers…

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Vital Signs

B.5 (out of 5) A gaggle of pretty, overly charming med students are gathered together for this shallow hospital drama. Adrian Pasdar is the son of the accomplished doctor who has to achieve everything his father did and more. He also falls for Diane Lane, who is busy having a relationship with an older student. Jack…

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Bruce Almighty

BB (out of 5) Jim Carrey continues to go the family-friendly (aka most financially lucrative) route with his latest comedy, and the results are hardly worthy of Liar Liar or The Grinch. He plays a down-on-his-luck reporter who loses his livelihood and his love on the same day and throws his anger at the man upstairs….

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A Cinderella Story

BB.5 (out of 5) As adorable as Hilary Duff is, the tired nature of this teen-themed romantic comedy will bore all but the least demanding viewer as it does its best to update Charles Perrault’s classic fairy tale (and falls far short of the highly superior Ever After starring Drew Barrymore). Duff plays a teenager…

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Evolution

BB.5 (out of 5) Uninspired science-fiction comedy tries to go for Men In Black popularity but is beaten down by copycat special effects and a lame script. Geologists Orlando Jones and David Duchovny witness a phenomenon when they examine a fallen meteor and realize that it is infested with alien life that is evolving at a superfast…

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Lorenzo’s Oil

BBBB (out of 5) Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon play two real-life heroes, Augusto and Michaela Odone, two parents who found themselves with no place to turn when their son Lorenzo was diagnosed with a debilitating and eventually terminal genetic disease. Deciding that they were tired of the doctors around them who couldn’t give them any help,…

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Troop Beverly Hills

BB.5 (out of 5) While in the middle of a bitter divorce, a frivolous society housewife (Shelley Long) decides to take on a job as Girl Scout leader in order to prove to her boorish husband (Craig T. Nelson) that she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to. Of course, a Beverly Hills housewife…

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The Crucible

BBBB (out of 5) Terrific adaptation of Arthur Miller’s groundbreaking anti-Red Scare play has lost some of its momentum now that the double meaning of the story isn’t quite as potent, but still works thanks to director Nicholas Hytner’s not concentrating on the film’s more political content and just delivering good, solid drama. Daniel Day-Lewis is…

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Soapdish

BBB (out of 5) At the beginning of this marginally hilarious comedy, Sally Field plays a soap opera star who receives yet another Daytime Emmy Award for her work on her show The Sun Also Sets. It is presumed that we are going to watch a charming little comedy about the real, dull lives of soap…

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Basic Instinct

BB.5 (out of 5) Sharon Stone is so fantastic she makes a trashy film almost respectable, playing a femme fatale mystery writer who is the prime suspect when a rock star is murdered in bed with an ice pick. Michael Douglas plays the cop investigating the crime who can’t resist when he becomes sexually involved with…

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Defending Your Life

BBB (out of 5) Hollywood’s vision of the afterlife is given a bitterly comic tone in this charmer by Albert Brooks. After dying in a car accident, Brooks finds himself in a world beyond earth where people can eat whatever fatty foods they want and use higher percentages of their brain. Before being taken to…

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