Tag Archive: Robert De Niro

The Comedian

BB (out of 5) A once-famous comic (Robert De Niro) has to settle for the crummy gigs his devoted agent (Edie Falco) gets for him, divey bars outside the city where crowds mostly ignore… Continue reading

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Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

BBBB (out of 5) This film has been reviewed at Magenta Magazine. USA/Italy/United Kingdom, 2015 Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland Screenplay by Bernadine Colish, Lisa Immordino Vreeland Cinematography by Peter Trilling Produced by… Continue reading

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Lenny Bruce: Swear To Tell The Truth

BBBB (out of 5) Robert Weide directs a loving tribute to the work of one of the founding fathers of stand-up comedy. Lenny Bruce had a charismatic manner about him that clicked with audiences… Continue reading

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Joy

BBB (out of 5) Joy is at a point in her life where everyone is wearing her out: her mother (Virginia Madsen) watches soap operas all day and lives in a dream world,… Continue reading

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The Intern

BB.5 (out of 5) Robert De Niro has reached seventy, a retired widower who hasn’t lost the desire to stay  busy or useful.  He answers an ad for an internet startup company that is… Continue reading

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Bang The Drum Slowly

BBB.5 (out of 5) Touching film about the friendship between two baseball players on a major league team, something like Midnight Cowboy but without all the traumatic hardships. Upstanding and sensitive Michael Moriarty keeps… Continue reading

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1900 (Novecento)

BBBB (out of 5) Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu are born on the same day at the very beginning of the twentieth century, one the grandson of the padrone (Burt Lancaster) who has ownership… Continue reading

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Stardust

BBB (out of 5) A grocery store clerk in a tiny English village has no idea that the stone wall that runs alongside his peaceful little hamlet is actually the gateway to another… Continue reading

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Men Of Honor

BBBB (out of 5) Exceptionally well-made movie about Carl Brashear, the very first African-American Navy diver. Cuba Gooding Jr. gives a sturdy and unsentimental performance as the man who overcame personal and political… Continue reading

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American Hustle

BB.5 (out of 5) The Abscam affair of the late seventies is reenacted in this middling comedy, one with a few laughs and some enjoyable caricatures to punctuate a slow pace and uneven… Continue reading

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Grudge Match

BBBB (out of 5) It’s not all that surprising to see two Hollywood old-timers poking fun at their own mythologies, but the sportsmanship with which it is done here makes this a surprisingly… Continue reading

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Analyze That

BB.5 (out of 5) Mob boss Robert De Niro has faked his way out of prison by tricking his former analyst (Billy Crystal) into declaring him insane. Now he’s been released into Crystal’s custody… Continue reading

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Analyze This

BBB.5 (out of 5) Strong comedy directed by Harold Ramis about a mobster (Robert De Niro) who decides that the best way to overcome his overwhelming feelings of anxiety when performing gangland hits… Continue reading

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Meet The Fockers

BBB.5 (out of 5) Now that we’ve gotten to know Ben Stiller’s in-laws from Meet The Parents, it’s time to get to know his family. Just prior to his wedding to Teri Polo,… Continue reading

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Meet The Parents

BBB (out of 5) Charming little romance about a quirky nurse (Ben Stiller) who is brought to his girlfriend’s up-state, upper-class, uptight house in New England to meet her parents. Things seem fine… Continue reading

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Hide And Seek

B.5 (out of 5) Stupid thriller full of plenty of fun ways to build tension but amounting to very little in the end. Following the suicide of his wife, Robert De Niro takes his… Continue reading

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The Score

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent heist film that opens with a deliciously cool mellow pace and effectively tightens the screws for maximum tension in the last third.  Robert De Niro is terrific as a… Continue reading

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The Adventures Of Rocky And Bullwinkle

BB.5 (out of 5) Not great but very sometimes funny update of the classic television cartoon. The inane plot involves the evil trio of Fearless Leader (Robert De Niro), Boris (Jason Alexander) and… Continue reading

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Awakenings

BBBB (out of 5) Dr. Oliver Sacks’ autobiographical account of his years dealing with comatose patients makes for absorbing viewing in this touching, intelligent film. Sacks (Robin Williams) is presented with a room… Continue reading

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Heat (1995)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Michael Mann’s most successful genre remains the cop thriller, and here he treats audiences to not one but two powerhouse actors of the tough guy canon for an enjoyable… Continue reading

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Sleepers

BBBB (out of 5) Four young boys go to juvenile detention for a street prank that gets way out of hand, then suffer through years of sexual abuse from their prison’s supervisor (played… Continue reading

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About A Boy

BBBB (out of 5) Just call it Barry Jones’s Diary. This perfect companion piece to Helen Fielding’s comedy classic is about a Peter Pan-complexed near-forty year-old git (Hugh Grant) who is of no… Continue reading

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Angel Heart

BB (out of 5) Private detective Mickey Rourke is approached by a wholly odd Robert De Niro, decked out in long tresses and creepy long nails, to find the whereabouts of a missing musician.… Continue reading

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Marvin’s Room

BBBB (out of 5) Strong adaptation of Scott McPherson’s intimate stage play that is now a beautiful film about rediscovering family. Diane Keaton, in a marvelous performance, plays a woman who has just been diagnosed… Continue reading

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Backdraft

BB (out of 5) Two brothers, complete opposites in every way, are reunited after having not seen each other for years. The elder (Kurt Russell) is a fire fighter like his father was… Continue reading

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Falling In Love

BB (out of 5) You never would have believed that a film combining the talents of Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro would be so boring, but here it is. They play two strangers, each… Continue reading

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Faithful

BB.5 (out of 5) Cher returns to the screen for the first time in six years to perform in this underdeveloped character study about an unhappy woman who befriends the hitman (Chazz Palminteri)… Continue reading

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Brazil

BBBB (out of 5) Terry Gilliam’s impressive vision of a ‘retro-future’ has lost a little of its original bloom but is still a very impressive work of art. Jonathan Pryce plays a bureaucrat… Continue reading

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The Mission

BBB.5 (out of 5) Roland Joffe followed The Killing Fields with this good but less impressive film set in the remote jungles of Brazil. Jeremy Irons plays a priest who travels to this… Continue reading

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Ronin

BB.5 (out of 5) Boring thriller by John Frankenheimer has Robert De Niro leading a wasted cast of exceptional talents. A group of ‘Ronin’ (leaderless samurai) are gathered from around the world by Natascha… Continue reading

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Showtime

BB.5 (out of 5) Robert De Niro plays a badass cop who shoots a television camera and incurs the wrath of the network that owned it. As retribution, he is forced to take… Continue reading

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The Untouchables

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This adaptation of the Elliot Ness co-authored novel (the inspiration for a popular television series of the sixties) is a taut and exciting thriller in the best sense of… Continue reading

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The Good Shepherd

BB (out of 5) Talky, boring, ridiculously long political drama, director Robert De Niro’s three hour epic on the creation of the CIA labours under the monotony of quiet conversations. Matt Damon is a… Continue reading

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Stone

BBB (out of 5) After decades of working with inmates and recommending their fitness for parole, Robert De Niro spends his last months on the job before retirement with a case that throws… Continue reading

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Great Expectations (1998)

BBB (out of 5) There’s plenty of beauty but not much else to this modernization of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, about a Floridian youngster whose mother and uncle send him to live as… Continue reading

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Red Lights

BBB.5 (out of 5) Psychics, mediums and telekinetics abound everywhere, and Sigourney Weaver is determined to take them all down. She is excellent as a forthright and skeptical researcher who travels the world… Continue reading

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The Godfather Part II

BBBBB (out of 5) Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo followed the enormous success of The Godfather with this superb sequel, one that instead of cashing in on the success of its predecessor… Continue reading

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The King Of Comedy

BBBB (out of 5) A wonderful change of pace for director Martin Scorsese, following his success with Raging Bull with this truly creepy comedy.  Robert De Niro is superb as a man obsessed… Continue reading

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Raging Bull

BBBBB (out of 5) Regarded by many as the jewel in Martin Scorsese’s crown, this is one of the best films ever made about boxing, right up there with Body And Soul.  Robert… Continue reading

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New York, New York

BB.5 (out of 5) This film is Martin Scorsese’s tribute to the good old days of Hollywood musicals. Liza Minnelli and Robert De Niro are two performers, she a singer and he a… Continue reading

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Taxi Driver

BBBBB (out of 5) An absolutely perfect film, mostly remembered now (unfortunately) for Robert De Niro’s oft-imitated, never duplicated mirror monologue (who can say “You talkin’ to me?” without making someone shudder?). He… Continue reading

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Casino

BBBB (out of 5) Fantastic Martin Scorsese gangster film about the Camelot-like rise and fall of a casino empire. Robert De Niro plays an ace bookie who is chosen by his hood friends… Continue reading

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Cape Fear

BB (out of 5) No one would have thought Martin Scorsese capable of such hackery, but here it is. His remake of the 1962 thriller is weakly written and boring to watch, gratuitous… Continue reading

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Goodfellas

BBBBB (out of 5) Martin Scorsese’s greatest achievement in the gangster-themed movies. Featuring exceptional performances and a brilliant script co-written by Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi, author of the original novel Wise Guys that… Continue reading

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The Deer Hunter

BBBBB (out of 5) One of the very best films of the seventies and one of the best war films ever made, this excellent drama captures the frustration and rage that the Vietnam… Continue reading

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City By The Sea

BBB (out of 5) Robert De Niro left wife and son years earlier in the now ghost town of Long Beach, moving to New York City and continuing his career as a cop. Years… Continue reading

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This Boy’s Life

BBB (out of 5) Tobias Wolff’s autobiography is brought to the screen with grace and fine dramatic intensity. As a young man (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), Wolff has to watch as his loving mother… Continue reading

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Midnight Run

BBBB (out of 5) This is a film that successfully merges action, comedy, and even a few moments of genuine drama and poignancy. The fact that it comes from the director who would… Continue reading

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

BB.5 (out of 5) Leaden adaptation of the popular Mary Shelley novel attempts to go the extra mile that James Whale’s 1931 version didn’t go by sticking to the more dramatic elements of… Continue reading

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