The Client

BBBB (out of 5) The best John Grisham novel adaptation made so far (and most likely ever) is this excellent thriller starring newcomer Brad Renfro as a young Louisiana pre-teen who witnesses a suicide by a prominent big city lawyer. It turns out that the victim in question was the advocate for a known leader of … More The Client

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Sweet November

BBB (out of 5) Charlize Theron gives an excellent performance as a free-spirited young woman who unlocks the guarded heart of a cold and selfish advertising executive (Reeves), getting him to leave his job behind and awaken to his real emotions. She shows him the best parts of life and then goes all terminal illness on … More Sweet November

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Pretty Woman

BBB (out of 5) After you have finished enjoying the adorably plucky Julia Roberts, don’t you ever notice that you’re watching a romantic comedy where a man falls in love with his sex servant? Roberts plays Vivian, a worldly prostitute who turns out to be a big virgin when her latest sugardaddy (Richard Gere) hands her … More Pretty Woman

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Pay It Forward

BB (out of 5) Horrendously cheesy film, its excellent performance by Helen Hunt swamped by directionless direction by Mimi Leder and a hackneyed screenplay. The plot follows the plight of a troubled and shy young boy (Haley Joel Osment, his first post-Academy Award nomination role) who is given an assignment at school to change the world … More Pay It Forward

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Boys On The Side

BBB.5 (out of 5) Emotionally manipulative but still enjoyable road movie about three women travelling cross country in search of a place to belong. When down-and-out lounge singer Whoopi Goldberg sees an ad asking for a travelling companion to a young woman (Mary-Louise Parker) looking to leave New York City for California, she sees it … More Boys On The Side

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Collateral Damage

BB.5 (out of 5) If The Sixth Day and End Of Days signaled the end of Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s box office reign, Collateral Damage made it official. The real disappointment is that Arnold’s earlier, more successful movies weren’t just popular, they were really good:  what’s better than a night of watching The Terminator, Terminator II, Predator, True … More Collateral Damage

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The Rainmaker (1997)

BB (out of 5) Matt Damon preceded his Good Will Hunting Oscar win with this unbalanced John Grisham adaptation about a young lawyer newly out of school.  He takes on a David vs. Goliath case when he represents a seriously ill young man who has been mistreated by a giant medical company. Damon is appropriately innocent, … More The Rainmaker (1997)

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