Tag Archive: Robin Williams

Altman

BBBB (out of 5) Ron Mann gives a wonderful overview of the career of filmmaker Robert Altman, the American auteur who reached his height at a time when the notable artists of singular vision… Continue reading

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The Face Of Love

BB (out of 5) A romantic drama with so many miscalculated contrivances, it will make the worst Nicholas Sparks adaptations seem like 12 Years A Slave.  The wonderful Annette Bening and the usually reliable… Continue reading

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What Dreams May Come

B.5 (out of 5) Robin Williams plays a happy family man, married to Annabella Sciorra, who tries to help a car accident victim and ends up getting himself killed in a highway tunnel. Next… Continue reading

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The Night Listener

BB (out of 5) A radio DJ (Robin Williams) who narrates his absorbing tales over the airwaves on a late-night program is sucked into the life of an abused boy with AIDS (Rory… Continue reading

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August Rush

B Painfully melodramatic bullshit about a little boy (Freddie Highmore) who is the love child of a rock musician (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and a classical cellist (Keri Russell) and is being raised in… Continue reading

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Patch Adams

BB (out of 5) This shamelessly maudlin comedy/drama that is “based on a true story”.  Robin Williams gives a performance that basically copies his own formula from such hits as Dead Poets Society and… Continue reading

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Robots

BBB (out of 5) In a world where mechanized robots are living creatures with hearts and souls, young Rodney Copperbottom (Ewan McGregor) dreams of making it as an inventor. Growing up in a… Continue reading

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One Hour Photo

BB.5 (out of 5) The slick photography and crafty direction of this film are definitely reasons to admire it, but the entire story is too routine for words. Robin Williams plays a dry,… Continue reading

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The Aristocrats

BB.5 (out of 5) Paul Provenza interviews dozens of comedians about a famous joke, loved among comedians, that provides a sort of jazzy opportunity for performers to really shine. Each interview subject gives… Continue reading

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Noel

B (out of 5) Chazz Palminteri directs an abysmally manipulative and forgettable ensemble comedy about lonely people looking for love on Christmas. Susan Sarandon has been left alone by tragic circumstances and has only… Continue reading

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Insomnia (2002)

BBBB (out of 5) Solid remake of Erik Skjoldbjaerg’s 1997 Norwegian thriller stars Al Pacino as a Los Angeles homicide detective who investigates a murder in northern Alaska, partly to escape the heat… Continue reading

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The Final Cut

B (out of 5) Embarrassing film that could only have attracted its big name stars with impressive pay cheques; there’s no way that the script could have made any sense on paper, since… Continue reading

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Happy Feet

BBB.5 (out of 5) Cutting loose while wearing a tuxedo:  is there anything more adorably cool in the animal kingdom than a penguin? In this film by George Miller, the master behind such… 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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Toys

B (out of 5) Visual splendour is compromised by a nonsensical screenplay in this Robin Williams comedy directed by Barry Levinson to little effect. When his uncle (Donald O’Connor) dies and leaves him… Continue reading

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Night At The Museum

BBB.5 (out of 5) Ben Stiller is a divorced dad who just can’t get it together; his hare-brained business schemes won’t get off the ground and he’s in financial trouble again, something that… Continue reading

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Get Bruce

BBB.5 (out of 5) Fun documentary that chronicles the career of one of the most successful comedy writers in show business today, Bruce Vilanch. After an auspicious debut as a writer for the… Continue reading

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To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar

BBB (out of 5) When a novice drag queen (John Leguizamo) fails miserably in a local pageant, grand prize co-winners Patrick Swayze and Wesley Snipes decide to take the young lady under their wing and… Continue reading

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Jumanji

BB (out of 5) Plodding children’s movie has Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt reunite after being childhood friends many years before, reopening a dangerous exotic board game that features wild animals. The game comes to… Continue reading

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Hook

BB.5 (out of 5) If you’re young enough, this continuation of the Peter Pan story by J.M. Barrie will seem like a grand, glorious adventure; anyone over the age of 13 will see… Continue reading

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A.I. Artificial Intelligence

BBB (out of 5) Reasonably interesting futuristic version of Pinocchio has Steven Spielberg filling in for the late great Stanley Kubrick, who had made this his next project after Eyes Wide Shut. Spielberg’s screenplay… Continue reading

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The World According To Garp

BB (out of 5) Another good example of how John Irving’s novels tend not to translate successfully to the big screen. Robin Williams is miscast as an aspiring writer who’s trying to keep his… Continue reading

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The Butler

BB.5 (out of 5) When Barack Obama was voted in to the White House in 2008, the first African American ever to take the highest office in the land and the breath of… Continue reading

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The Fisher King

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jeff Bridges plays a radio talk show host who is devastated when a listener misinterprets his advice and commits a heinous crime in a New York restaurant. Quitting his… Continue reading

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The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen

BB.5 (out of 5) The visual splendour of this gargantuan movie can be the only reason why anyone would want to put themselves through it; other than the sumptuous costumes by Gabriella Pescucci… Continue reading

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Good Morning, Vietnam

BBB.5 (out of 5) Robin Williams rules this film with his alternately hilarious, witty and touching performance. He plays Adrien Cronauer, a real-life radio host who starts broadcasting from Saigon in 1965 for the… Continue reading

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Dead Poets Society

BBB (out of 5) Students aim to survive the constraints of social and academic pressures at an all-boys prep school in the fifties in a film that is really a Disney teen flick… Continue reading

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Death To Smoochy

B (out of 5) It’s hard to imagine movies sinking lower in quality than this listless comedy directed by Danny DeVito. Robin Williams plays a children’s show host whose career is destroyed when… Continue reading

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The Birdcage

BBB.5 (out of 5) Hysterical adaptation of the popular French comedy classic La Cage Aux Folles isn’t as well written as the original, but is still provides plenty of good laughs.  Robin Williams and Nathan… Continue reading

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Bicentennial Man

B (out of 5) A futuristic family headed up by Sam Neill and Wendy Crewson buy a robotic domestic servant (Robin Williams) who comes to live in their house and perform all their… Continue reading

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Nine Months

BBB (out of 5) Hugh Grant is suddenly forced into a commitment connundrum when his beautiful girlfriend (Julianne Moore) announces that she is pregnant with their child. Now he suddenly has to decide… Continue reading

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Mrs. Doubtfire

BBB.5 (out of 5) After a bitter custody battle with ex-wife Sally Field, Robin Williams is so scared of losing time with his three children that he decides to thwart her plan to hire a… Continue reading

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Gerry

BBB (out of 5) Two average guys (provided you think that white, inarticulate twenty-something guys are average, which is another reason to be disappointed in Gus Van Sant these days) take a long… Continue reading

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Aladdin

BBBB (out of 5) High-spirited Disney romp that takes much of its inspiration from Alexander Korda’s classic The Thief of Bagdad.  Aladdin is a poor young man who survives the streets of the… Continue reading

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Good Will Hunting

BBBB (out of 5) Matt Damon plays a math genius who is hiding his light under a bushel by working odd jobs as a construction worker and janitor. Best friend Ben Affleck stands by… Continue reading

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Hamlet (1996)

BB.5 (out of 5) Kenneth Branagh has definitely bitten off far more than he can chew with this ambitious adaptation of William Shakespeare’s famous play that faithfully runs four hours and is photographed… Continue reading

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Dead Again

BBBB (out of 5) A Los Angeles police detective (Kenneth Branagh) comes across a terrorized mute woman (Emma Thompson) and tries to help her discover the source of her amnesia and her nightmares.… Continue reading

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Popeye

BB (out of 5) Robert Altman’s dedication to experimentation and open collaboration with his cast and crew are both the most impressive aspect of his artistry but also his great vulnerability: when he… Continue reading

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A Prairie Home Companion

BBB (out of 5) Garrison Keillor‘s popular radio variety show has been transferred to the screen in this fictionalized account of the program’s final broadcast. Keillor appears as himself, hosting the fun while… Continue reading

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Deconstructing Harry

BBB (out of 5) Woody Allen plays a popular scribe with writer’s block who spends two days re-examining his life and his past (bad) relationships, using his stories as his guide.  Mr. Dalloway… Continue reading

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