Tag Archive: Thomas Newman

Passengers

BB (out of 5) Chris Pratt is on a spaceship holding hundreds of crew and thousands of passengers bound for Homestead II, a colonized planet that is among the many that exist as… Continue reading

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The Judge

BB (out of 5) Robert Downey Jr. is a high-powered shark of a lawyer who interrupts his life of ruthlessly defending Wall Street crooks when he gets a call that his mother has died.  Going back to his… Continue reading

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Finding Dory

BBBB (out of 5) Pixar returns to one of its most adored tales for a sequel to Finding Nemo, the story of a loving clownfish (Albert Brooks) who crossed the ocean to find his missing son.… Continue reading

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Bridge Of Spies

BBBB (out of 5) It’s the height of the Cold War, and Tom Hanks plays a insurance lawyer who gets an unusual request from his boss: an enemy agent (Mark Rylance) has been caught and… Continue reading

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Spectre

BBB.5 (out of 5) A trip to Mexico City has Bond chase down a bad guy who leaves him with a token that speaks volumes: a ring with a symbol on it that… Continue reading

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

BB.5 (out of 5) The surprise runaway box office success of the first film draws the entire cast back to India for another visit to the titular establishment, where retired Brits on a… Continue reading

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Phenomenon

B (out of 5) John Travolta plays a sweet simpleton living in a rural farming community who goes idiot savant when magical powers begin to overcome him and affect the lives of those living… Continue reading

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The Rapture

BBBB (out of 5) Mimi Rogers plays a swinging single telephone operator who has grown weary of going out with her male friend in search of couples for partner-swapping sex parties. Feeling hollowed… Continue reading

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The Help

BB.5 (out of 5) Racism is given the soft-shoe Hollywood treatment with a view of the south on par with Gone With The Wind in this wan adaptation of the best-selling novel by… Continue reading

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Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events

BBBB (out of 5) The influence of Tim Burton’s work can be felt on every inch of this thoroughly enjoyable children’s horror film, so much so that you’ll wonder if Burton had anything… Continue reading

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Brothers

BB (out of 5) Remake of the Danish film by Susanne Bier is hampered by a dull script and painfully inappropriate casting. Siblings Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire are complete opposites in ways that do… Continue reading

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Desperately Seeking Susan

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Rosanna Arquette plays a bored New Jersey housewife who gets a little excitement in her life when she gets amnesia and accidentally falls into the personality and life of small-time… Continue reading

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The Lost Boys

BB (out of 5) Hilariously bad horror movie, though not without some camp appeal for the young teenage boys it seems to speak out to. Working like some sort of bloodsucking Peter Pan… Continue reading

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Saving Mr. Banks

BB.5 (out of 5) When Mary Poppins was released in 1964 it quickly became the most successful box office hit of all time and won five Academy Awards, making a superstar of its… Continue reading

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The Horse Whisperer

BBBBB (out of 5) Absorbing, superior adaptation of Nicholas Evans’ novel features Kristin Scott Thomas in top form as a frightened mother who is losing her daughter (Scarlett Johansson) to grief following a tragic… Continue reading

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The Favor

BB.5 (out of 5) A married woman (Harley Jane Kozak) asks her best friend (Elizabeth McGovern) to sleep with her ex-boyfriend (Ken Wahl) in order to find out if he’s still the hot… Continue reading

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How To Make An American Quilt

BBB (out of 5) How much better this film would have been if it had only taken enough time to tell its many stories.  Winona Ryder stars in this adaptation of the popular… Continue reading

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

BBB.5 (out of 5) A sterling cast more than makes up for a forgettably twee screenplay in this enjoyable romp about love among the silver set. A group of seniors find themselves in… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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The Iron Lady

BBB (out of 5) A slightly disoriented eighty year-old woman buys milk at a local supermarket and comes home to tell her husband, over breakfast, that the price has gone up and isn’t… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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White Oleander

BBB (out of 5) Janet Fitch’s best-selling novel reaches the big screen with unexceptional results, making for the second time that Michelle Pfeiffer has adapted an Oprah book selection for the big screen… Continue reading

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Less Than Zero

B (out of 5) Bret Easton Ellis’ novel about rich kids living in the fast lane is given an atrocious screen treatment.  Andrew McCarthy comes back to his hometown of Los Angeles after his… Continue reading

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Revenge Of The Nerds

BBB (out of 5) The surprise hit of the 1980s with a secretly subversive agenda; anyone who saw Hope Davis’s deconstruction of the film in American Splendor will have to admit that this… Continue reading

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Flesh And Bone

BBBB (out of 5) Dennis Quaid is mesmerizing as a nomadic cowboy who goes from town to town working his vending machines until he happens upon a free-spirited woman (an excellent Meg Ryan) with… Continue reading

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Deceived

BB.5 (out of 5) Goldie Hawn made a great decision in opting to momentarily leave her bubbly blonde persona behind and indulge in some Hitchcockian thrills for this murder mystery. Unfortunately, the film lets… Continue reading

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Cinderella Man

BBB (out of 5) Ron Howard trims the sappy fat off his usual style of ‘inspirational’ filmmaking for an entertaining and heart-warming biography of boxer James Braddock. A popular fighter in the twenties… Continue reading

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Threesome

BB.5 (out of 5) Lara Flynn Boyle‘s delightful performance does a lot to improve this otherwise sordid romantic triangle comedy.  Josh Charles plays a sexually ambiguous college student who starts to make eyes at… Continue reading

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Little Children

BB.5 (out of 5) It’s hard not to feel sorry for Todd Field’s sophomore effort, following his Oscar-nominated In The Bedroom: it wants so badly to be a great film that its failure… Continue reading

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In The Bedroom

BBB.5 (out of 5) Powerful and affecting drama about a grief-stricken couple (Tom Wilkinson, Sissy Spacek) who are having trouble coping after a personal tragedy is suffered at the hands of William Mapother.… Continue reading

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Erin Brockovich

BBBBB (out of 5) Excellent biography of the true-life woman who brought about the biggest personal lawsuit case in American legal history.  Julia Roberts gives the best performance of her career as Brockovich, a… Continue reading

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The Green Mile

BBB (out of 5) Beautifully filmed story that never really achieves what it’s going after. Tom Hanks gives a kindly and powerful performance as a prison warden in the death-row cellblock of a Southern… Continue reading

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The Shawshank Redemption

BBBB (out of 5) Powerful drama based on the short story Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King.  Tim Robbins innocently goes to prison for the murder of his wife and befriends… Continue reading

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Real Genius

BBB (out of 5) Gabriel Jarret is such an incredibly smart teenager that, at the young age of fifteen, his brilliant work in the sciences has landed him a position studying under physicist William… Continue reading

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Finding Nemo

BBBB (out of 5) A clown fish (Albert Brooks) loses his only son to a scuba diver and must travel across the entire ocean to find him. He teams up with a wisecracking… Continue reading

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WALL-E

BBBBB (out of 5) A lonely trash-compacting robot lives on an abandoned planet Earth, spending his days cleaning up a garbage-choked Manhattan and enjoying the tunes that he hears on an old videotape… Continue reading

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Revolutionary Road

BBB (out of 5) WARNING! The suburbs are bad for you–I know, I know, you might not know this despite the fact that it’s been dealt with in only seven hundred million other… Continue reading

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Jarhead

BBB (out of 5) Jake Gyllenhaal enters the army for reasons not unlike Goldie Hawn’s in Private Benjamin, is put through the unimaginable rigors of marine training and is then sent, along with 500,000… Continue reading

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Road To Perdition

BBB.5 (out of 5) Should be called Road To Pretentious; it’s so perfectly photographed and brilliantly art-directed within an inch of its life that it makes for the most shameless Oscar-baiting of the… Continue reading

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American Beauty

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Stupendous film debut from director Sam Mendes that’s a must-see for anyone who enjoyed Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm. Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening are at the head of… Continue reading

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Skyfall

BBBBB (out of 5) Fifty years of saving the world can really take their toll on a man, particularly when he has sustained so many injuries and, to deal with them, has racked… Continue reading

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Men Don’t Leave

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jessica Lange struggles to put her life back together after her husband dies in a car accident. Now saddled with two boys to raise and a house she can no… Continue reading

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Meet Joe Black

B (out of 5) Anthony Hopkins stars as a rich man who is about to have a visit from everyone’s favourite party animal, Death. Unfortunately, Death is in the mood to experience a… Continue reading

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Scent Of A Woman

BB.5 (out of 5) Al Pacino has given so many overdone, hammy performances since making this overlong drama that it has finally revealed his role here to be the feel-good schlock that it is.… Continue reading

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The Good German

BB.5 (out of 5) Underwhelming exercise in style has director Steven Soderbergh looking to make his own Casablanca but only succeeds as far as the dreamy black-and-white photography goes. George Clooney, looking every… Continue reading

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Red Corner

BBB (out of 5) Richard Gere is an innocent man framed for murder in this passable thriller set in China, as a visiting businessman who really steps in it when a fashion model ends… Continue reading

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Up Close & Personal

BBBB (out of 5) When Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne sold their script of Up Close And Personal, based on a biography of the late Jessica Savitch called Golden Girl, to Walt… Continue reading

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Fried Green Tomatoes

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This marvelous journey had its inception in Fannie Flagg’s deliciously Southern novel Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe. From there it made the transition to the big… Continue reading

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Oscar And Lucinda

BBBB (out of 5) Those enchanted by the increasingly impressive Cate Blanchett will want to take a look at this touching drama that convinced Shekhar Kapur to cast her in his Elizabeth. She plays… Continue reading

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