13 Going On 30

BBBB (out of 5) It’s 1987, and 13 year-old Jenna Rink is desperate to fit in with the cool kids at school. She even goes as far as alienating her geeky best friend Matt at her birthday party in order to impress ‘in-crowd’ ringleader Lucy. When she’s sprinkled with some birthday wishing dust and announces…

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America’s Sweethearts

B (out of 5) Flat, boring and completely unsympathetic romantic comedy that wastes the talent of everyone involved. Billy Crystal (who wrote and produced) plays a publicity director at a major Hollywood studio who finds himself wrapped in problems when he is forced to reunite estranged Tom-and-Nicole-like couple Gwen Harrison and Eddie Thomas (Catherine Zeta-Jones,…

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Unstrung Heroes

BBBB (out of 5) Diane Keaton directs this bittersweet tale of a boy growing up under the experience of losing his mother (Andie MacDowell). He finds refuge in the companionship of two positively insane uncles (Maury Chaykin, Michael Richards) who help him deal with his terrible impending loss while his father (John Turturro) is too wrapped…

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The Haunting (1999)

BB (out of 5) Lame horror film that offers tons more bore than gore. A group of randomly assorted people are drawn to a giant mansion in the middle of the night in order to have their sleeping habits studied by a research scientist (Liam Neeson).  Little do they know they’ll be getting little work…

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Benny & Joon

BB (out of 5) A mentally challenged woman (Mary Stuart Masterson) is an emotional burden on her kindly brother (Aidan Quinn) until a mysterious Buster Keaton-loving stranger (Johnny Depp) enters her life and perks her up. The performances are excellent, especially a sympathetic Masterson, but this narrow view of the small-town world of handicapped Americans…

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Grosse Pointe Blank

BBBB (out of 5) Dark comedy stars John Cusack as a government assassin who decides to go back to his home town for his high school reunion. Upon arrival there he meets up with an old girlfriend (Minnie Driver) he jilted on prom night years ago to join the army and take up his current…

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