Leaving Normal

BBBB (out of 5) I suppose coming out only a year after Thelma and Louise made it impossible to think of this charming film as anything but a ripoff, but it does have its own vibe. Meg Tilly plays a numerously married, numerously divorced mail-order bride with an optimistic disposition who flees her latest abusive marriage in … More Leaving Normal

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Being Julia

BBB.5 (out of 5) Not since Cousin Bette has a woman’s revenge been this much fun. Annette Bening tears into the role of a famous London stage actress who is starting to lose the thrill of performing before a live audience night after night. Her vigor is restored when she meets a young American financier … More Being Julia

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Mystery, Alaska

BBB (out of 5) Surefire crowd-pleaser about an amateur hockey team in a small town in the far north, who get the chance of a lifetime when a major league team comes to play with them as a publicity stunt engineered by returning native Hank Azaria. Russell Crowe plays the burly, softspoken star player of the … More Mystery, Alaska

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Sugar

BB (out of 5) An entire movie about junkie hustlers, how fun. Andre Noble is amiable as Cliff, a teenager whose frighteningly mature little sister gives him alcohol, a joint and money for his birthday to go downtown and get laid. Not wanting to deny the mystical powers of children’s intelligence, Cliff does her bidding and … More Sugar

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Camilla

BBB (out of 5) It’s a bit like Thelma and Ole Louise: A retired violinist (Jessica Tandy) decides to head to Toronto to take care of some personal business that she has left unattended for too long, and decides to take her young tenant (Bridget Fonda) along with her. The adventures they encounter on the … More Camilla

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Blindness

BBB (out of 5) Nobel Prize-winning author Jose Saramago’s bestselling novel reaches the big screen with mixed results. After a random driver succumbs to a case of instant blindness, his condition turns out to be an infectious disease that rages through his unnamed city and leaves its entire population without sight. The first large groups … More Blindness

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My Cousin Vinny

BBBB (out of 5) One of the funniest and most memorable comedies in recent years, with two college roommates (Ralph Macchio, Mitchell Whitfield) taking off for college in their vintage convertible. When a misunderstanding at a southern roadside convenience store sees them accused of murder, Macchio calls upon his only hope for survival to bail … More My Cousin Vinny

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