Tag Archive: Steve Buscemi

Escape From L.A.

BB.5 (out of 5) John Carpenter returns to his early eighties cult classic with virtually the same plot on a higher budget. Kurt Russell is in fine form (especially his hair) in his second… Continue reading

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Ghost World

BBBB (out of 5) Unforgettably funny look at the growing pains of high school girl Enid (Thora Birch) who doesn’t fit in with the perky teenagers around her, but is too smart and… Continue reading

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Con Air

BBB.5 (out of 5) Nicolas Cage returns home to his pregnant wife (Monica Potter) after serving in a high-ranking military outfit, only to be caught defending her from bar thugs and thrown in jail… Continue reading

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Charlotte’s Web

BB.5 (out of 5) E.B. White’s novel, one of the most perfect books ever written for children, is given the big-screen treatment in this passable family film looking to take up where Babe… Continue reading

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The Impostors

BBB.5 (out of 5) Stanley Tucci’s tribute to silent-era filmmaking is an art-deco delight, one that is short on substance but long on rollicking humour. Tucci and Oliver Platt play two down-and-out unemployed actors… Continue reading

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28 Days

BBB (out of 5) Sandra Bullock is great in this enjoyable but odd comedy about a young woman who is sentenced to twenty-eight days in a rehab center after destroying her sister’s wedding (and… Continue reading

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Hotel Transylvania

BBB (out of 5) Even a famous vampire can’t help but turn into a softy when a cute little baby comes into his life, and that’s exactly the love that springs up between… Continue reading

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Parting Glances

BBBB (out of 5) This is one of the first pioneering efforts to move depictions of gay men and women away from narrowly stereotyped menial characters to front-and-centre, honestly detailed protagonists. In it,… Continue reading

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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

BBB (out of 5) Shamefully, the first film to be done with completely realistic three-dimensional animation is saddled with a script that is flat as a board. The voices of Ming-Na Wen, Alec… Continue reading

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Spy Kids 2: Island Of Lost Dreams

BBB.5 (out of 5) In this delightful sequel to the equally fun original, little spies Carmen and Juni find themselves trapped on an island with a mad scientist who may or may not… Continue reading

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Desperado

BBB.5 (out of 5) Director Robert Rodriguez virtually remade his debut independent film El Mariachi when its success allowed him a genuine budget to work with. Antonio Banderas is the guitar-playing gunslinger who… Continue reading

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Zandalee

BB (out of 5) More Wild Orchid ridiculousness. A bored housewife (Erika Anderson) finds she can no longer connect sexually with her poet-turned-executive husband (Judge Reinhold). To release herself she runs into the… Continue reading

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The Messenger

BBBB (out of 5) Ben Foster returns from Iraq with a severe injury to his eye. After being welcomed home by his ex-girlfriend (Jena Malone) who is now engaged to someone else, Foster is… Continue reading

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Airheads

B (out of 5) Lame farce is poorly acted, badly written, and not all that funny. Brendan Fraser and his pals Adam Sandler and Steve Buscemi have their own band but can’t get anywhere with their… Continue reading

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Igor

BB.5 (out of 5) You know all about mad scientists and their assistants who are usually named Igor, but did you know that there is a land that they all come from? The… Continue reading

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Vibes

BB.5 (out of 5) Cyndi Lauper and Jeff Goldblum play dueling psychics who are hired by Peter Falk to help him find his son. He says that his boy was lost somewhere in South America… Continue reading

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Monster House

BBB.5 (out of 5) It’s so nice to know there are still politically incorrect people out there who are looking to scare the bejeesus out of children. In fact, this one has more… Continue reading

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On The Road

BBB (out of 5) At long last, after decades of false starts and development hell, Francis Ford Coppola’s dream of bringing Jack Kerouac’s milestone novel to the big screen has come true, with… Continue reading

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Coffee And Cigarettes

BB.5 (out of 5) Various familiar faces are assembled and given the opportunity to do some pointless riffing in this film experiment by Jim Jarmusch. Each segment has two or three characters (mostly… Continue reading

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Home On The Range

BB.5 (out of 5) In this mildly amusing animated film, a prize-winning cow with a boisterous personality (voiced by Roseanne) is given up by her owner after an evil cattle rustler takes most… Continue reading

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Big Daddy

BBB (out of 5) Adam Sandler plays a shiftless layabout who loses his girlfriend (Kristy Swanson) to his lazy ways, but gets the chance to make up for it in the form of an… Continue reading

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Monsters, Inc.

BBBBB (out of 5) Another classic from Disney’s computer animation studio is this endlessly hilarious tale of two bedroom monsters working at the factory of Monsters, Inc. John Goodman and Billy Crystal more… Continue reading

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The Real Blonde

BBBB (out of 5) Adults sabotaging perfectly good relationships with stubborn hangups is the focus of Tom DiCillo’s heartfelt romantic comedy/drama. A struggling actor (Matthew Modine) pounds the New York City pavement between… Continue reading

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Living In Oblivion

BBB.5 (out of 5) This memorable comedy explores the many hilarious situations that a person endures when working in the world of independent film. Steve Buscemi plays the exasperated director, Dermot Mulroney (who… Continue reading

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Monsters University

BBBB (out of 5) Pixar returns to one of their most charming successes for a prequel that recaptures the delight of the original if not necessarily all of its thrills. We learn about… Continue reading

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Barton Fink

BBB (out of 5) In this highly stylized Coen Brothers comedy, John Turturro plays a Broadway playwright who is brought out to Hollywood to write films. Initially thrilled at the prospect of changing… Continue reading

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Miller’s Crossing

BB (out of 5) The Coen brothers get points for style and little else for this period gangster piece. Gabriel Byrne is boring as an advisor to a big-time Irish-American crime boss during Prohibition. Albert Finney and… Continue reading

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The Big Lebowski

BB (out of 5) Annoying Coen brothers film about mistaken identity has reprehensible loafer Jeff Bridges taking the heat from kidnappers when he is mistaken for a rich man with the same name… Continue reading

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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,… Continue reading

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Bloodhounds of Broadway

BBB (out of 5) Four Damon Runyan stories are strung haphazardly together in this low-budget period comedy. Gangsters and goons, nightclub singers and ingenues all run amok trying to figure out life and… Continue reading

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Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

0.5 (out of 5) What a piece of crap. Robert Rodriguez has really let all the air out of his otherwise enjoyable franchise about the two pint-sized agents who save the world from… Continue reading

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Reservoir Dogs

BBBB (out of 5) Quentin Tarantino turned heads with this outrageous directorial debut, one of the most shockingly violent films to be made in the independent film scene. A group of criminals are… Continue reading

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Pulp Fiction

BBBB (out of 5) Independent film became a truly commercial entity when Quentin Tarantino’s brilliant drama hit the big screens and took audiences by storm. It’s an epic piece about low-level gangsters, a… Continue reading

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Domestic Disturbance

BB.5 (out of 5) John Travolta and wife Teri Polo have divorced amicably and without much ado regarding custody of their pre-teen son (Matt O’Leary), but the boy is still showing signs of angst over… Continue reading

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The Island

BBB (out of 5) Imagine Blade Runner combined with Dirty Pretty Things and take away all the intelligence and sensitivity and you’ve got this fun, frothy action film by an amazingly subdued (for… Continue reading

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Armageddon

BB (out of 5) When a giant asteroid heading straight towards Earth is discovered by scientists, the American government quickly puts together a drilling team to go up into outer space and blast… Continue reading

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Big Fish

BBB.5 (out of 5) Billy Crudup goes three years without speaking to his boastful, tall tale-telling father (Albert Finney) before returning to him when he learns that he is terminally ill with cancer.… Continue reading

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Paris, Je T’Aime

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Every heart is beating in sync in the City of Lights (and Lovers) in this wonder of a film. Producers Claudie Ossard and Emmanuel Benbihy invited 21 directors from… Continue reading

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Fargo

BBBBB (out of 5) The Coen Brothers achieve perfection for the first time in their career with this incredible classic that combines crime drama and comedy. Two low lives (Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare)… Continue reading

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Kansas City

BBB (out of 5) Robert Altman falters somewhat in this story of jazz clubs and gangsters in Depression-era Kansas City, Oklahoma, but the film does have its worthy moments. Jennifer Jason Leigh (overdoing it… Continue reading

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New York Stories

BBB (out of 5) Three of cinema’s most celebrated directors have collaborated to make this three-in-one experience. The first short is directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Nick Nolte as a painter with romantic… Continue reading

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