Gloria (1999)

BBB (out of 5) Sharon Stone‘s gutsy performance is the best reason to watch this adequately done but premature remake of John Cassavetes’ 1980 gangster film (that starred his wife Gena Rowlands, who also starred with Stone a year earlier than this film in The Mighty).  She plays a hit woman for the mob who … More Gloria (1999)

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Cocktail

B (out of 5) When production on Rain Man was delayed for various reasons, Tom Cruise killed the six extra months he suddenly had on his hands by filming this dreadful film, probably the worst movie he’s ever made since becoming a star (and yes, I have seen Legend). Cruise and his hockey hair graduate … More Cocktail

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Reversal Of Fortune

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This excellent film details the case of Sunny von Bulow (Glenn Close), a wealthy New York aristocrat who went into a coma after an excessive dose of insulin administered by her husband.  Said Claus von Bulow (Jeremy Irons), an old European name possibly hiding a nefarious fortune hunter, is convicted of attempted murder … More Reversal Of Fortune

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Angie

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Based on Avra Wing’s touching novel Angie, I Says, about an Italian-American girl (Geena Davis, in a role originally written for Madonna) who has grown up in Brooklyn with her father and stepmother after her mother ran away when she was a little girl.  Angie is now in a relationship with … More Angie

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Striptease

BB.5 (out of 5) Demi Moore took an unfair beating for this comedic dud:  she’s no natural at humour, but the film fails because of a bad screenplay and confused direction by Andrew Bergman (who went on to make the even worse Isn’t She Great). A soon-to-be-divorced mother (Moore) gets work dancing at an exotic … More Striptease

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Still Of The Night

BB.5 (out of 5) Humdrum thriller has Robert Benton trying to do Hitchcock but is only partly successful. Meryl Streep reunites with her Kramer Vs. Kramer director as a femme fatale who crosses paths with a psychologist (Roy Scheider) investigating the murder of one of his patients. Streep is the prime suspect and enlists Scheider’s help … More Still Of The Night

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Annie Hall

BBBBB (out of 5) La dee da, la la. Woody Allen takes a sharp turn away from slapstick and gives birth to comedy genius. Natural, observant dialogue and moments of romantic poignancy chart the relationship between an insecure television producer (Allen) and his flighty, free-spirited girlfriend (Diane Keaton).  He begins by telling us that they broke … More Annie Hall

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