Roger Corman’s Frankenstein Unbound (1990)

ROGER CORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1990.  The Mount Company.  Screenplay by Roger Corman, F.X. Feeney, based on the novel by Brian Aldiss.  Cinematography by Armando Nannuzzi, Michael Scott.  Produced by Roger Corman, Kobi Jaeger, Thom Mount.  Music by Carl Davis.  Production Design by Enrico Tovaglieri.  Costume Design by Franca Zucchelli.  Film Editing by Mary Bauer, Jay Cassidy.   Roger Corman returns…

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Tequila Sunrise

BBB.5 (out of 5) The age-old tale of two best friends who go separate ways is not in any way a new one (Manhattan Melodrama, Angels With Dirty Faces), but Robert Towne injects enough character into this drama to make it seem pretty fresh. Mel Gibson is the one who went bad and Kurt Russell…

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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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Addams Family Values

BBBB (out of 5) In this superior sequel to the 1991 comedy, the kooky, creepy Addams family find themselves welcoming a new addition to their family: a baby boy! Now the two older children, Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) are thrown in a jealous tizzy, while the baby’s new nanny (Joan Cusack) captures…

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Compromising Positions

BBBB (out of 5) An adaptation of a Susan Isaacs novel that would suit her readers has yet to be made, but at least you can enjoy this film for Susan Sarandon‘s adorable performance if for no other reason. She plays a bored, chatty housewife who is thrilled to come upon an adventure when her…

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Presumed Innocent

BBB.5 (out of 5) Harrison Ford plays a well-respected prosecutor (with a geeky buzz cut) whose girlfriend (Greta Scacchi) is viciously murdered shortly after he has seen her. The fact that he already has a wife (Bonnie Bedelia) spells very bad trouble for him, and he immediately becomes the prime suspect in the case. Raul Julia is…

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Tempest (1982)

BB (out of 5) Bloated, self-important near-adaptation of Shakespeare’s play in a modern setting, with John Cassavetes as an architect who has disturbing, prophetic dreams about his family. Fed up with his difficult home life with his wife (Gena Rowlands) and sick of his job working as an architect for a ruthless millionaire (Vittorio Gassman), Cassavetes…

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Moon Over Parador

BB.5 (out of 5) This movie isn’t in any way difficult to watch, and the performances are all quite good, but for a comedy I can’t say it’s very funny. Richard Dreyfuss plays a New York actor who finishes filming a movie in the country of Parador at the same time that the president of the…

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Havana

BB.5 (out of 5) Modern reworking of Casablanca suffers from a complete lack of energy from both its director or its star. Robert Redford is a dud as an American in pre-Revolutionary Cuba who has a chance to escape Batista’s war but eventually throws it all away for a beautiful woman (Lena Olin). He helps save…

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The Morning After

BBB (out of 5) An alcoholic, once-famous actress (Jane Fonda) wakes up to find a murdered man lying next to her in bed. Naturally, this makes her a prime suspect to the crime, but she has no recollection of the night it happened or how he even got into her house, let alone her bed….

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Street Fighter

BB (out of 5) The popular video game makes its way to the big screen with bizarrely terrible results. Jean-Claude Van Damme gives a weak performance (even by his standards) as a powerful soldier for a UN-esque security force that is trying to put down the terrible occupation of a fictional country being terrorized by a…

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Kiss Of The Spider Woman

BBBB (out of 5) Deeply felt adaptation of Manuel Puig’s novel, about a gay window-dresser (William Hurt) and a radically political guerilla rebel (Raul Julia) who get to know each other while sharing a cell in a Brazilian prison. Hurt recounts the story of an old Nazi propaganda movie that he loves for its portrayal…

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