RoboCop 3

 BB.5 (out of 5) Our cyberhero keeps blowing stuff up but Detroit is no closer to being free of crime.  The corruption is once again coming from the top when real estate developers want to pave over an inner city neighbourhood, forcing residents out who become rebel warriors in protest.  The private corporation running law enforcement starts a…

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RoboCop 2

BBB.5 (out of 5) Paul Verhoeven’s masterful science-fiction drama is given a sequel that, as continuations of magnificent action films go, ain’t half bad.  The Detroit that Peter Weller‘s half-human, half-cyborg crimefighter was invented to clean up has gotten worse in the three years since the last film, with the police force on strike and the city taken…

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Love Field

BBBB (out of 5) Sweet, heartfelt road movie that showcases Michelle Pfeiffer at her best and the screenwriting debut of writer Don Roos. Pfeiffer plays a Jackie Kennedy-obsessed Dallas housewife whose life seems to finally have a meaning when in November 1963, America’s royal couple announce a visit to her fair city. After missing her chance…

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Navy Seals

BB (out of 5) A group of highly trained lugs in the Navy’s SEALs division, the most rigorously trained soldiers in the entire American army, go on a mission to save victims of a downed helicopter in a vaguely Middle Eastern country. They notice that the bad guys are in possession of some very dangerous…

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She-Devil

BB.5 (out of 5) This silly comedy is adapted from the novel by Fay Weldon and remade from the 1986 British miniseries. Roseanne Barr is terrific as a mistreated housewife whose social climbing husband (Ed Begley Jr.) leaves her for a sexy romance novelist (Meryl Streep, at her most breathlessly hilarious) who lives in a giant…

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Desperately Seeking Susan

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Rosanna Arquette plays a bored New Jersey housewife who gets a little excitement in her life when she gets amnesia and accidentally falls into the personality and life of small-time freewheeling con artist Susan (Madonna in her feature film debut), and can’t seem to find her way out of it.  Aidan Quinn is…

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Caddyshack

BB (out of 5) Old money and new money collide at an exclusive golf course when crass millionaire Rodney Dangerfield gains entrance and infuriates Ted Knight, who wants to keep things traditional. Young Michael O’Keefe longs to go to college and knows that his only chance is to kiss up to Knight and hope to get scholarship support…

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Blue Sky

BB.5 (out of 5) Jessica Lange deservedly won an Academy Award for her terrific performance as the near-nymphomaniacal wife of a career army man (Tommy Lee Jones) who must fight to save her husband when he is involved in a coverup involving nuclear arms testing. It’s got a lot of great dramatic impact, thanks mostly to…

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Behind Enemy Lines

BBB.5 (out of 5) Taut, exciting thriller about a gung-ho Air Force soldier (Owen Wilson) who gets shot down over restricted territory during a ceasefire in early 90s Bosnia. Commander Gene Hackman wants to send a team right away to save the lone traveler, but the search and rescue mission for one man who was flying…

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Time After Time

BBBB (out of 5) H.G. Wells announces at his dinner party that he has invented a time machine, which his Victorian gentlemen guests find difficult to believe. Even more preposterous is the discovery that the mysterious Jack The Ripper, who has captured London’s attention with his string of brutally murdered prostitutes, is among Wells’ guests…

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The Addams Family

BBB.5 (out of 5) Of the many retro television shows that have made it to the big screen, this comedy and its superior sequel are among the very best (only the Brady Bunch movies spring immediately to mind as worthy rivals). Impeccably cast, it stars Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston as Gomez and Morticia Addams, heads of…

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Mississippi Burning

BBBB (out of 5) Alan Parker’s drama gets few points for truth, as most of his fact-based films generally do, but he gets high marks for telling an emotionally involving story. Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe play FBI agents on the trail of missing civil rights activists in the Klan-riddled Mississippi of the sixties. While Dafoe…

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