Life As A House

BBB (out of 5) Respectable ensemble drama centering around a dying man (Kevin Kline) who decides to finally tear down his dilapidated house after twenty years and rebuild it in his own image. The project ends up bringing him closer with family members whom he was afraid he had lost for good: his estranged ex-wife…

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In Good Company

BB.5 (out of 5) Fifty year-old Dennis Quaid has his life go in the soup when his sports magazine is taken over by a giant corporation and a new management team is moved into his office. Now a twenty-six year-old eager beaver (Topher Grace) who thinks he’s got it all under control is the head…

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Role Models

BBB.5 (out of 5) Enjoyable exercise in the highly familiar that works thanks to great chemistry between the two leads.  Paul Rudd (who also co-wrote) plays a miserable employee of an energy-boosting soft drink who travels with the company’s mascot (Seann William Scott) to various high schools to promote the beverage to kids. When his frustrated…

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Mighty Joe Young

BBBB (out of 5) In this remake of the forties classic, Bill Paxton plays an L.A. Zoo animal researcher who travels to Africa and witnesses a wonder: a fifteen-foot gorilla named Joe. Soon after a hazardous meeting with the great ape, he also meets Joe’s best friend, a beautiful blonde woman (Charlize Theron) who grew up…

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Lucas

BBBB (out of 5) Aside from being a moving and poignant look at the awkwardness of youth, this film is also notable for being the film debut of Winona Ryder.  Corey Haim stars as a geeky teen who comes from a rather spotty background and makes things up about himself to be accepted by his peers….

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Miss Firecracker

BBBB (out of 5) Holly Hunter makes you care deeply about her success in a local beauty pageant when watching this adaptation of Beth Henley’s play, even if you’re someone for whom it does not rate high among human pursuits. Hunter plays a bored spinster who decides to enter the beauty contest that her cousin (Mary…

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Norbit

0 (out of 5) Eddie Murphy has had a few dogs in his highly successful career, but it’s still surprising to think that this piece of garbage could involve him. Teaming up with makeup wizard Rick Baker, Murphy plays three characters: the title role, a soft-spoken dweeb who is raised in an orphanage, an (offensively stereotyped)…

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Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo

BBB (out of 5) Despite the idiotic writing, star Rob Schneider comes off looking pretty good in this surprise hit comedy. He plays a lonely pool cleaner who is left to housesit the apartment of a strappingly handsome gigolo (Oded Fehr) and ends up destroying a very expensive aquarium. In need of some serious cash to…

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Once Upon A Crime…

BB (out of 5) Inspired by Mario Camerini’s 1960 film Crimen, this mildly amusing comedy of errors never manages to inspire any kind of involvement from its audience. Sean Young and Richard Lewis find a lost dog in Rome and discover that its owner is offering a huge reward for its safe return to her. Both…

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Look Who’s Talking

BBB.5 (out of 5) From the delightful opening scene of this movie, with millions of sperm rush into Kirstie Alley‘s fallopian tubes like a bunch of guys rushing for good seats at a sports game, this film is a light-hearted delight.  Alley plays a single mother who gives birth to a baby boy whose mental voice (played by Bruce Willis)…

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Look Who’s Talking Too

B (out of 5) Sequels are often inferior to their originals, but even the worst sequels should be somewhat better than this piece of trash. The original Look Who’s Talking featured a silly concept that shouldn’t have been taken any further, but its box office success encouraged producers to give it one more go (that…

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Dreamcatcher

BB (out of 5) Idiotic science-fiction film that begins enjoyably by hanging off the appealing interplay between its main characters, then shucks them off in favour of hideous gore and cheesy special effects. Four friends, psychically linked to each other thanks to the help of a fifth, mentally challenged boyhood friend, go for a trip…

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