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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Fame

BBB.5 (out of 5) Four years in the life of students at a New York performing arts school are chronicled in this energetic, enjoyable musical. After the ensemble of youngsters experience their painful, awkward beginnings, they move on through to the ups and downs, highs and lows of four years of high school combined with…

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Showgirls

0 (out of 5) Elizabeth Berkley is absolutely hideous (and strangely hilarious) as a blonde idiot travelling through Los Angeles looking for a life. Let me save you the two hours: she never finds one. What she does find, however, is the opportunity to be a star, so after doing a stint stripping at a…

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Malcolm X (1992)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Japan, 1992.  Largo International N.V., JVC Entertainment Networks, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Arnold Perl, Spike Lee, based on the book The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, Alex Haley.  Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson.  Produced by Spike Lee, Ahmed Murad, Marvin Worth.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design…

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Speed

BBBBB (out of 5) Cinematographer Jan de Bont’s directorial debut is a fantastic action flick that grabs hold of you early and never lets you go. Keanu Reeves plays a SWAT Team member who has to save a whole grapple of lives when a psychotic madman (Dennis Hopper) announces that he has attached a bomb to…

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Glitter

BBB (out of 5) Fifth version of A Star Is Born (if you don’t include Funny Girl) has Mariah Carey doing a fine acting job in her leading role debut, as a Mighty Mouse-talented singer who is discovered by a big-city DJ and rises to fame, while he gradually gets pushed aside to the wings…

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