The One

BB (out of 5) Lackluster science-fiction film has Jet Li battling himself in the “multiverse”, a series of parallel universes severely policed by “multiverse agents” who control inter-universe travel. Everyone has a version of themselves on each of them and one of Li’s doubles, a former agent gone bad, is determined to kill his counterparts and…

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13 Going On 30

BBBB (out of 5) It’s 1987, and 13 year-old Jenna Rink is desperate to fit in with the cool kids at school. She even goes as far as alienating her geeky best friend Matt at her birthday party in order to impress ‘in-crowd’ ringleader Lucy. When she’s sprinkled with some birthday wishing dust and announces…

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White Chicks

0 (out of 5) In this painfully unfunny, and more than often offensive, comedy, Wayans brothers Shawn and Marlon play bumbling detectives who always screw up their undercover assignments. They intend to prove themselves, however, and so scam their way into being the official police protection for two Hilton-like sister heiresses who are on their…

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Maid In Manhattan

BB.5 (out of 5) An honest and hardworking hotel chambermaid (Jennifer Lopez) gets the chance to be a princess for a day when she tries on the discarded clothing of a wealthy guest (Natasha Richardson) and accidentally fools a senator (Ralph Fiennes) into thinking that she is a guest at the hotel herself. She doesn’t want…

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Rocky Balboa

BBB.5 (out of 5) There are some heroes that you just can’t keep down!  Sylvester Stallone returns to the character who brought him fame and a kickass movie career.   Aged, tired and beaten, Stallone wanders a decrepit Philadelphia without hope, mourning the loss of his beloved wife and feeling the pain of estrangement from his…

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Hollywood Homicide

BB (out of 5) Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett play an oddly matched team of homicide detectives, both of whom also have other jobs on the side. Ford is a real estate agent, while Hartnett is a yoga instructor and aspiring actor. The two of them have their lives swept into a whirlwind when they…

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Anger Management

BB.5 (out of 5) Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler earn big money cashing in on their trademark personalities. Sandler plays a frustrated executive assistant who internalizes all his anger and never lets it out in any positive way. When a misunderstanding on an airplane leads to a court case for harassment and the assault of a flight…

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The Forgotten

BB (out of 5) Julianne Moore plays a devoted mother who is still grieving for the child she lost in an airplane accident years earlier. When she notices that her photographs no longer bear his face, and, even more horrible, her husband (Anthony Edwards) insists that they never had a child, she starts to wonder if…

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America’s Sweethearts

B (out of 5) Flat, boring and completely unsympathetic romantic comedy that wastes the talent of everyone involved. Billy Crystal (who wrote and produced) plays a publicity director at a major Hollywood studio who finds himself wrapped in problems when he is forced to reunite estranged Tom-and-Nicole-like couple Gwen Harrison and Eddie Thomas (Catherine Zeta-Jones,…

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Across The Universe

B (out of 5) Julie Taymor follows her brilliant biography of Frida Kahlo with this completely soulless exercise in style, an exploration of the birth of 1960s counter-culture using songs by the Beatles as its main score. A Liverpudlian boy named Jude (get it?) jumps ship and ends up in New York City, falls in…

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An Unfinished Life

BB.5 (out of 5) Nothing you haven’t seen a million times before; estranged family members who have been thrown apart by tragedy are reunited by circumstances and learn to become a whole from the various broken pieces of their lives.  Jennifer Lopez escapes an abusive boyfriend (Damian Lewis) with her sassy daughter (a remarkable young woman…

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The Missing

BBB (out of 5) At the beginning of Ron Howard’s western, Cate Blanchett plays a “healer” (unlicensed doctor) and rancher whose long-absent father (Tommy Lee Jones) visits her years after having abandoned her and her mother to go and live with a Native tribe. Her boyfriend (Aaron Eckhart) welcomes him easily enough, but she is far…

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