L.A. Story

BBB (out of 5) Steve Martin‘s rumination on the Big Nipple is a collection of smarmy, sarcastic jokes and whimsically skewed situations. He plays a weather reporter who is trying to survive the manic city of Los Angeles and the manic, overbearing personality of his wife (Marilu Henner) before romances with a delightfully dizzy Valley Girl…

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Lethal Weapon 2

BB.5 (out of 5) Caught between the excellent Lethal Weapon and the mindlessly entertaining Lethal Weapon 3, this lackluster installment doesn’t really stand up all too well. Mel Gibson is once again the loose cannon and Danny Glover the straight-laced cop who partner up on the Los Angeles police force. When they interview a witness (Joe…

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Star Trek: Generations

BBB (out of 5) Now it is time for the two captains to meet:  both Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) are featured in this gorgeously shot Star Trek adventure that for the first time appeals to fans of both the older and newer series. Why they’re brought together…

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Leatherheads

BB (out of 5) An unfortunate misfire given the talent involved. George Clooney directs this uneven comedy set in 1925, the early days of professional football, when college games had money and panache and professional matches were played in the dirt. Clooney, owner of his team and also a player, decides not to take it lying…

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Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2007.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Section Eight.  Screenplay by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.  Cannes Film Festival 2007.  …

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Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind

BB.5 (out of 5) Chuck Barris (Sam Rockwell) made quite a career for himself: a published songwriter, television game show producer, and CIA hitman all in one lifetime. According to his autobiography, Barris claims that he was approached by a secret operative from the government agency (played here by George Clooney, who also directs) who…

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