Tag Archive: Robert Duvall

The Judge

BB (out of 5) Robert Downey Jr. is a high-powered shark of a lawyer who interrupts his life of ruthlessly defending Wall Street crooks when he gets a call that his mother has died.  Going back to his… Continue reading

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The Great Santini

BBBB (out of 5) Robert Duvall is a tough Air Force pilot who is brought home from Spain and stationed with his family and four kids in a small town in South Carolina.… Continue reading

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Countdown (1967)

BBB (out of 5) Exploitation of the space race about a manned trip to the moon two years before it actually happened.  Unlike a more fun indulgence like Robinson Crusoe On Mars, however,… Continue reading

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Somebody Up There Likes Me

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Scintillating biography of Rocky Graziano, a prizefighter who grow up in the rough neighbourhoods of New York City a complete juvenile delinquent and ended up a heroically admired boxer.… Continue reading

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A Civil Action

BBB (out of 5) True story of a small law firm that takes on a giant corporation when it is suspected that a tannery has been allowing contaminants into the drinking water of… Continue reading

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Phenomenon

B (out of 5) John Travolta plays a sweet simpleton living in a rural farming community who goes idiot savant when magical powers begin to overcome him and affect the lives of those living… Continue reading

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The 6th Day

BB (out of 5) Arnold Schwarzenegger looks tired and bored in this lame retread of all the most popular science-fiction movies, mostly his own; plot elements from Total Recall, Terminator 2 and The Running… Continue reading

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Gone In Sixty Seconds

BB (out of 5) Even by the standards of the adrenaline-heavy Jerry Bruckheimer action films this one still falls very short. Nicolas Cage plays a retired car thief who is suckered back into the… Continue reading

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Falling Down

BB.5 (out of 5) Michael Douglas is stuck in traffic on a super hot day in L.A. and decides he’s mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. Busting up after an… Continue reading

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Get Low

BBB.5 (out of 5) An ornery old man living alone in the woods (Robert Duvall) shows up in his dusty little town and announces to the local preacher that he wants to arrange… Continue reading

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Operation Homecoming: Writing The Wartime Experience

BBBB.5 (out of 5) The power of literature to deal with the devastation of war is directly applied to those who experience battle in this incredibly powerful documentary. Soldiers emerging from the Iraq… Continue reading

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Thank You For Smoking

BB (out of 5) Aaron Eckhart plays a lobbyist for Big Tobacco whose savvy ability to argue cigarettes to safe passage in a health-conscious America make him a national villain. He courts an ambitious… Continue reading

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To Kill A Mockingbird

BBBBB (out of 5) Harper Lee’s incredibly popular novel makes its way to the big screen with very admirable results. Gregory Peck gives one of the best performances of his career as Atticus Finch,… Continue reading

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Secondhand Lions

BBB (out of 5) This pleasant family film works its way into a warm pocket of your heart and then ruins it by tacking on a hokey ending. Young kids should definitely see… Continue reading

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Deep Impact

BB.5 (out of 5) The insults to human intelligence that hurl themselves your way one after the other in this loser action film are way deadlier than the meteor that threatens to destroy… Continue reading

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The Road

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Following an unnamed, unspecified apocalypse, human kind has been reduced to a minimum number on the planet, and those that have survived live like savages.  The shortage of food… Continue reading

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Days Of Thunder

BB (out of 5) The formula is mighty tired in this completely unoriginal race-car film starring Tom Cruise.  Presumably intended as a project for Cruise to incorporate his love of car racing into… Continue reading

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True Grit (1969)

BBB (out of 5) John Wayne earned an Academy Award for his portrayal of a broken-down, drunk and forgotten marshal who is hired by a teenage girl (Kim Darby) to track down and bring… Continue reading

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Lucky You

B (out of 5) Unbearable mess about a gambling addict (Eric Bana) who meets a sweet Las Vegas lounge singer (Drew Barrymore) and risks the possibility of moving away from destruction and towards… Continue reading

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Something To Talk About

BBB.5 (out of 5) Writer Callie Khouri goes from the seriousness of Thelma and Louise to a lighter touch in dealing with the issues that southern women face in their everyday culture. Julia… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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The Handmaid’s Tale

BB.5 (out of 5) Margaret Atwood’s famous science-fiction novel arrives on the screen with very little energy. Natasha Richardson plays a woman in a futuristic world where religious tyranny has taken over and women… Continue reading

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The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

BBBB.5 (out of 5) One of the most entertaining and memorable Sherlock Holmes film adventure.  Holmes checks himself in as a patient of Sigmund Freud’s to cure his cocaine addiction at the prompting… Continue reading

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THX 1138

BBB.5 (out of 5) Stunningly photographed feature film debut by George Lucas, remade from his own student film short and executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola. Robert Duvall plays a labourer in a futuristic… Continue reading

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The Natural

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This wonderful film by Barry Levinson is a riveting combination of drama and folkloric fantasy. A baseball player (Robert Redford) who has dreamed of glory on the diamond since… Continue reading

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Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This remake of the 1956 classic is a superb revisiting of this wonderfully creepy story. San Francisco Health department officials Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams have their dull jobs… Continue reading

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The Scarlet Letter

BB.5 (out of 5) Demi Moore‘s Harlequin version of the famous Nathaniel Hawthorne novel (which, in all fairness, the film never claims to be directly based on) is well acted but airheaded and… Continue reading

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Network

BBBBB (out of 5) Riveting look behind the scenes of television news media, starring Peter Finch as an anchorman whose waning ratings prompt his bosses to fire him. His reaction to this is… Continue reading

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The Apostle

BBBB (out of 5) Powerful film about religious fanaticism that focuses on Robert Duvall (who also wrote and directed) as a rousing Southern Baptist preacher who avoids bettering his own life by placing… Continue reading

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Open Range

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Superb western by Kevin Costner, who maintains the high artistic quality of direction that he achieved with his wonderful Dances With Wolves. In this thoroughly absorbing film, he and… Continue reading

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Apocalypse Now

BBBBB (out of 5) Fascinating, colourful and completely disturbing adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Heart Of Darkness, featuring some of the best camera work of the seventies by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. Director Francis Ford… 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 Conversation

BBBBB (out of 5) This excellent mystery is one of the first films that comes to mind when you think of the glory days of seventies filmmaking, made by Francis Ford Coppola the… Continue reading

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The Godfather

BBBBB (out of 5) The masterpiece that started it all. At a level of popularity only on par with such other classics like Gone With The Wind and The Sound Of Music, this… Continue reading

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Crazy Heart

BBBB (out of 5) Tender Mercies, Hedwig And The Angry Inch and The Wrestler have been combined in this indie vehicle for Jeff Bridges, and though that description sounds like the kiss of… Continue reading

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Rambling Rose

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Gorgeous, touching film about a Southern family in the 1930s whose lives are disrupted by the arrival of Rose (Laura Dern), a so-called “loose” woman with a real heart… Continue reading

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Tender Mercies

BBBBB (out of 5) This is one of the very best films of the eighties. It stars an incredibly good Robert Duvall as an alcoholic country singer whose glory days are far behind him.… Continue reading

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Kicking And Screaming

BBB.5 (out of 5) A group of friends graduate college and now have no idea what to do next. Josh Hamilton is dumped by his girlfriend before she takes off to Europe, his roommates… Continue reading

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We Own The Night

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent dramatic thriller treads familiar territory but feels fresh in execution. Two brothers reside on opposite sides of the law, one of them a cop (Mark Wahlberg) and the… Continue reading

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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Anyone who loves Apocalypse Now should definitely take a look at this insightful, entertaining documentary that details its creation. Everyone else should see it because it’s one of the… Continue reading

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Sling Blade

BBBBB (out of 5) Billy Bob Thornton‘s superb directorial film debut, an adaptation of his own short film Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade. It tells the story of a simpleminded psychiatric ward… Continue reading

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The Gingerbread Man

BB.5 (out of 5) Uneventful Robert Altman film written by John Grisham, the first time he has written a story directly for the screen.  Calling it an “original” screenplay would be a misnomer,… Continue reading

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MASH

BBBBB (out of 5) For war movies, we have comedies, horrific dramas, science-fiction and Apocalypse Now, which pretty much defies all the above interpretations.  What else can be made to exemplify the ridiculous… Continue reading

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