Jaws: The Revenge

B (out of 5) Or, ‘Look Ma, I’ve Got No Hands!’  Lorraine Gary pulled in a criminal salary for this laughable third sequel to the Steven Spielberg classic, one that finally put the last nail in the series’ coffin. Even Michael Caine looks embarrassed to be in this story about how Gary, Roy Scheider’s widow of parts … More Jaws: The Revenge

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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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Nuts

BBB.5 (out of 5) Barbra Streisand has no end of fun chewing up all the scenery in this psychological drama. She plays a prostitute accused of murder who must first go through a preliminary trial for the courts to decide if she is mentally fit for a full-blown murder trial. Richard Dreyfuss is also excellent as the … More Nuts

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Grand Canyon

BBBB (out of 5) Eight years after Lawrence Kasdan caught the world’s attention with The Big Chill, he provides another tasteful and intelligent examination of a group of thirtysomething characters. Kevin Kline opens the film in a riveting sequence that has his car die in the middle of a troubled neighbourhood until a stranger (Danny … More Grand Canyon

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Blood Work

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2002.  Malpaso Productions, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Brian Helgeland, based on the novel by Michael Connelly.  Cinematography by Tom Stern.  Produced by Clint Eastwood.  Music by Lennie Niehaus.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Deborah Hopper.  Film Editing by Joel Cox.   Middling psychological thriller isn’t among Clint Eastwood‘s best pulse-pounders (no pun … More Blood Work

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Babe

BBBBB (out of 5) One of the best family films made since The Wizard of Oz, a terrific look at life on the farm from the quadruped point of view. Babe is an orphaned piglet who is won at a county fair by peaceful Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell) and brought to live in his barn … More Babe

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