Charlotte’s Web

BB.5 (out of 5) E.B. White’s novel, one of the most perfect books ever written for children, is given the big-screen treatment in this passable family film looking to take up where Babe left off. Wilbur is the runt of a litter of pigs who is saved from being executed by a farmer when little…

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The Cat In The Hat

0 (out of 5) It’s rather difficult to decide what’s the worst aspect of this dreadful adaptation of the popular Dr. Seuss novel. Could it be the painfully queasy production design that seems to have cost a bundle of money but at the same time looks incredibly cheap? Maybe it’s the disgusting screenplay that takes…

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Crossing Delancey

BBBB (out of 5) Intimate little romance sparkles thanks to heartfelt performances by Peter Riegert and the always riveting Amy Irving. She plays a single New Yorker whose grandmother keeps bothering her to find a man to love, even going so far as to set her up with some random undesirables through a matchmaker. Irving insists on…

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Hairspray (2007)

BBBB (out of 5) A teenager in the 1960s decides to fight racial segregation and is met with serious threats to her future; sounds like an update of Mississippi Burning until you add big hair, rocking tunes and John Travolta in a dress. Newcomer Nikki Blonsky plays the youngster in question, Tracy, in this wonderful…

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Rush Hour 2

BB.5 (out of 5) Hilarious but quite useless sequel to Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker‘s 1997 blockbuster is so unimpressive because of how similar it is to its predecessor. This time Chan and Tucker are in Hong Kong battling evildoers who have bombed the American embassy and are involved in a counterfeiting operation. Ziyi Zhang is stunning…

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After The Sunset

BB (out of 5) Yay, more movies for stupid people! Pierce Brosnan, who looks like he’s lampooning himself in a Campari ad, plays a sophisticated jewel thief (ooh, where did they come up with that one?) who has one last big heist before retiring to the tropics with his beautiful thieving partner (Salma Hayek). They’re…

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How The Grinch Stole Christmas

BBBB (out of 5) Delightfully faithful adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ children’s classic story, about a villain who steals Christmas from the unsuspecting peaceful residents of Whoville because they treat him with fear and dread. Jim Carrey is perfectly suited to the lead role of the odious Grinch, while newcomer Taylor Momsen makes the most adorable Cindy Lou…

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EdTV

BB (out of 5) This one’s got nothing on The Truman Show, though they are very different films:  Peter Weir’s classic was about human nature breaking free of oppressive uniformity, while Ron Howard’s geeky comedy is about the human obsession with voyeurism and gossip. Ellen DeGeneres is a television producer who comes up with a brilliant…

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Ransom

BB (out of 5) Mel Gibson‘s son is kidnapped and taken for ransom, his captors demanding millions of dollars or they will kill the child and expose the shady practices behind the airline he owns. Rene Russo  cries a lot as his wife while Gibson refuses to pay, instead becoming an action movie star because…

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Apollo 13

BBBBB (out of 5) Ron Howard’s best film as director is this gripping account of the failed Apollo 13 mission that thankfully never claimed the lives of its astronauts but threatened to on many occasions. Tom Hanks heads up the operation as Jim Lovell, an astronaut who loses out on Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 trip to…

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The Paper

BBBB (out of 5) Michael Keaton is excellent as a tabloid reporter whose one twenty-four hour day is the subject of this fast-paced comedy/drama. He has to contend with a hot, breaking story involving a murder in downtown New York, a bitchy editor (Glenn Close) who prefers sales over integrity, a severely pregnant wife (Marisa Tomei)…

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A Beautiful Mind

BBBB (out of 5) Russell Crowe dominates this powerful film biography of Nobel Prize award-winner John Nash, a math genius who wrote a still-influential thesis during his university studies in the fifties, only to succumb to paranoid schizophrenia in his later years. Jennifer Connelly stars as his long-suffering wife, who loves him enough to stand by him…

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