Freaky Friday

BBBB (out of 5) Surprisingly terrific adaptation of the comedy that originally starred Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris. Jamie Lee Curtis plays an overworked therapist and mother who is about to get married to her boyfriend (Mark Harmon), despite the emotional objections of her difficult teenaged daughter (Lindsay Lohan). The two fight about various mother-daughter conflict…

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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 thing he knows he’s being escorted around an oil painting-inspired utopia by welcome wagon Cuba Gooding Jr., discovering the many wonderful things…

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The Joy Luck Club

BBBB (out of 5) Amy Tan’s bestselling novel of intergenerational Asian women is brought to the big screen with its excellent story intact. A group of young Chinese-American women are in one way or another at a crossroads in their lives, until their mothers come along and tell them stories of their pasts that help…

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I Am Sam

BBB (out of 5) Sean Penn plays a mentally challenged Starbucks employee who winds up with a baby daughter and has to take care of her. When the child reaches the age of seven, Penn finds himself in a courtroom defending his right to raise the girl even though he is of relatively equal mental…

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The Man From Elysian Fields

BBB (out of 5) Andy Garcia plays a novelist whose best work has gone to the bottom of the bargain fiction pile. Having immense trouble supporting his family with his writing, he accepts an offer from a swanky gigolo (Mick Jagger) to work as a male escort for Elysian Fields, a high-class prostitution racket. His…

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Love Affair (1994)

BBB (out of 5) Warren Beatty co-wrote this remake of Leo McCarey’s ever-popular 1939 film of the same name, which was also filmed by McCarey in 1957 as An Affair To Remember.  Beatty plays the wandering playboy and Annette Bening is the “regular gal” with whom he happens to be sharing a plane trip. Their flight gets…

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