Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

BB (out of 5) The first Star Trek movie in 1979 might have been a complete bore, but at least it wasn’t as ridiculously stupid as this lame adventure made a decade later. Directed by William Shatner from a screenplay whose story he co-wrote, it stars a seriously aging Enterprise crew as they travel across…

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Hocus Pocus

BBB.5 (out of 5) The three lead actresses in this Disney fantasy-comedy are having such a good time that you will too. Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker play three witches executed in the Salem trials who are brought back to life in the present day during Halloween in Massachusetts. They cause plenty of…

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The Good Mother

BB (out of 5) A strong performance by Diane Keaton just can’t save this incredibly dull drama. She plays a divorced, single mother whose conservative ex-husband (James Naughton) objects to the way she’s raising their daughter, particularly considering that she’s got her stud of a boyfriend (Liam Neeson) living with her. When her ex discovers that…

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Fantastic continuation of the equally enjoyable predecessor, this time with an environmentally-minded message at its centre. On their way home from saving Spock, the crew of the Starship Enterprise (still aboard the Klingon vessel that they acquired in Part III) intercept a distress call that they can’t understand, directed at earth from…

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First Monday In October

BB (out of 5) Ronald Neame followed his hilarious Hopscotch with another Walter Matthau vehicle, this time adapting Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee’s hit play to the screen. Unfortunately, the results are tepid, with Matthau doing a terrific job as the outspoken left-leaning Supreme Court Justice who is thrilled to find out that the seat…

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Fatal Attraction (1987)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by James Dearden, based on his short film.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Sherry Lansing, Stanley R. Jaffe.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Peter E. Berger, Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.   Michael Douglas plays a hapless married man who is left…

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Less Than Zero

B (out of 5) Bret Easton Ellis’ novel about rich kids living in the fast lane is given an atrocious screen treatment.  Andrew McCarthy comes back to his hometown of Los Angeles after his first year of college, discovering that ex-girlfriend Jami Gertz is now dating his best friend Robert Downey Jr.. She enlists McCarthy’s help as…

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Alvin And The Chipmunks

BBB (out of 5) Those rambunctious chipmunks have made their way to the big screen for the first time since their animated adventure in 1987. This time it’s live-action, with three computer-generated creatures (actual chipmunk size, not pre-teens with furry faces) invading the peaceful but unhappy life of struggling musician Dave (Jason Lee) and turning…

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Monsignor

B.5 (out of 5) Failed attempt to get inside the world of the Catholic Church. Christopher Reeve is flat as a priest who does so well in organizing business affairs for the Vatican, he gets friendly with the mob.  When he meets va-va-voom nun Genevieve Bujold, he decides his vow of celibacy should be thrown out…

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Mommie Dearest

BB (out of 5) Oh come on, it’s a terrible movie, but imagine the world without gay men running around screaming “No more wire hangers!” If it weren’t responsible for the destruction of a great actress’s career, I’d say this was one of the best things to happen to the movie industry in the eighties:…

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Star Trek: Insurrection

BBBB (out of 5) Respectable entry in the Star Trek movie series isn’t the classic that First Contact was but is solid entertainment all the same. The noble crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are called upon to help a community of people who seem to hold the secret of eternal youth on their paradisaical planet….

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Star Trek: Generations

BBB (out of 5) Now it is time for the two captains to meet:  both Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) are featured in this gorgeously shot Star Trek adventure that for the first time appeals to fans of both the older and newer series. Why they’re brought together…

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