The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell Of Fear

BBB (out of 5) The most popular slapstick cop on the force (Leslie Nielsen) is back once again for this ridiculous sequel to the equally ridiculous original. This time he’s been assigned to protect the President from an assassination attempt. The Zucker boys have come up with another enjoyable comedy, full of the same gags…

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Moonstruck (1987)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1987.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Star Partners.  Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Norman Jewison, Patrick J. Palmer.  Music by Dick Hyman.  Production Design by Philip Rosenberg.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Lou Lombardo.  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.   This is the exemplary, perfectly acted, written and directed romantic comedy…

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Who’s That Girl

B.5 (out of 5) Madonna‘s surprisingly good comedic timing can do little for a flat attempt to revive the screwball comedies of the 1930s. Liberally lifting plot elements from Bringing Up Baby, it stars Griffin Dunne as a mild-mannered, straight laced business executive who is preparing for marriage to his millionaire boss’s rich daughter (Haviland…

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The Hudsucker Proxy

BBB (out of 5) Stylish and witty film by the Coen brothers that pays tribute to the Frank Capra/Preston Sturges comedies of yesteryear. When Hudsucker Industries loses its president (Charles Durning) to suicide, crooked board member Paul Newman decides to get a lowly mail clerk (Tim Robbins) to take over as chairman in order to give…

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The Little Mermaid

BBBBB (out of 5) The Disney studios had fallen into a slump by the mid-eighties, their films performing poorly at the box office before writer/producer Howard Ashman came up with a project that turned things around and began the studio on its road to being the entertainment titan it is today.  Inspired by the story…

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She’s The One

BB.5 (out of 5) Edward Burns follows his successful debut The Brothers McMullen with this very similar tale of the love lives of Irish-American brothers who mix and match girlfriends and fiancees while trying not to be too embarrassed by their overly-enthusiastic father (John Mahoney).  Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston have some lovely moments as love interests, Maxine…

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Saturday Night Fever

BBBB (out of 5) There’s no one out there like Tony Manero to chase your blues away. He talks tough, struts even tougher, and disco-dances like a mofo on a fiery Soul Train-spotlit floor. John Travolta deservedly catapulted to stardom with the success of this dramatic musical, playing a rebel from Brooklyn who finds escape from his…

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Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1984.  Orion Pictures, Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1984.  Golden Globe Awards 1984.   This wonderful comedy by Woody Allen finds the great director smack dab…

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