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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Kingdom Come

BB (out of 5) Even for a comedy about death this one feels awfully glum. Whoopi Goldberg plays the matriarch of an extended family whose members turn inside out when their “Mean and Surly” grandfather dies, leaving two sons (LL Cool J, Anthony Anderson) to deal with the problems that have divided them for too many…

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Suspect

BBBB (out of 5) Cher is marvelous in this taut, entertaining thriller as a lawyer who is given the impossible assignment of defending a deaf-mute on trial for murdering a high-profile judge’s mistress after the judge committed suicide. She skirts danger when she starts accepting information from a well-informed juror (Dennis Quaid), risking a mistrial…

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Godzilla (1998)

BBBB (out of 5) Fans of the original Japanese Godzilla movies are advised to steer well clear of this action adventure. It’s a great thrill ride of a movie, but it’s more of a copy of Jurassic Park than anything near the films it takes its inspiration from (director Roland Emmerich admitted to not liking…

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The Big Lebowski

BB (out of 5) Annoying Coen brothers film about mistaken identity has reprehensible loafer Jeff Bridges taking the heat from kidnappers when he is mistaken for a rich man with the same name as himself.   Fans of John Goodman and Julianne Moore will enjoy how much they shine in their small roles, but Bridges is so unlikable…

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