Freaky Friday

BBBB (out of 5) Surprisingly terrific adaptation of the comedy that originally starred Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris. Jamie Lee Curtis plays an overworked therapist and mother who is about to get married to her boyfriend (Mark Harmon), despite the emotional objections of her difficult teenaged daughter (Lindsay Lohan). The two fight about various mother-daughter conflict…

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Speechless (1994)

BBB (out of 5) Geena Davis and Michael Keaton play speechwriters who work for two opposing politicians during a senate race in New Mexico. After meeting various times and discovering how much they irritate each other, they fall madly in love and create a huge conflict of interest for their jobs. These two are the perfect performers…

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The Tie That Binds

BB (out of 5) Keith Carradine and Daryl Hannah lose custody of their little girl when their morally corrupt lives allow her to slip through their fingers. Now living in an orphanage, the young lady finds a new life to live when a childless couple (Vincent Spano, Moira Kelly) adopts her and take her into their new…

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Groundhog Day

BBBB (out of 5) One of the most wonderful romantic comedies of the decade.  Bill Murray plays a rude, cynical weatherman who is given the dull assignment of travelling to a nearby small town and reporting on the groundhog day festivity. He meets the people, films the little critter running back into his hole, tries to…

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Living Out Loud

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Powerful film inspired by Chekhov stories from first-time director and accomplished screenwriter Richard LaGravenese. Holly Hunter superbly plays a recent divorcee who has no idea that reclaiming her own identity after her husband (Martin Donovan) leaves her for a much younger woman will be a long journey of self-discovery and painful missteps….

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Sex And The City 2

BB (out of 5) The girls are back and, quite frankly, they’re beating a dead horse: it’s not so much that it’s a terrible movie, it’s just the wrong movie. A cheesy karaoke number in the middle of the virtually non-existent plotline makes you realize that this film is actually more an adaptation of The…

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Sex And The City

BBB (out of 5) It’s been four years since Carrie Bradshaw was rescued in Paris by Mr. Big (who now has a full name), and in that time much has changed: Charlotte’s adopted girl has grown up, Carrie has written a few more books and is moving in with her man, Miranda is heavily overworked…

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Across The Tracks

BBB.5 (out of 5) Two brothers compete on the race track as much as they do in daily life: Ricky Schroder is the wayward son who comes back from reform school and takes to running on the suggestion of his Straight-A brother (Brad Pitt) who also enjoys the sport. His increasing ability is at odds with…

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Troop Beverly Hills

BB.5 (out of 5) While in the middle of a bitter divorce, a frivolous society housewife (Shelley Long) decides to take on a job as Girl Scout leader in order to prove to her boorish husband (Craig T. Nelson) that she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to. Of course, a Beverly Hills housewife…

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Soapdish

BBB (out of 5) At the beginning of this marginally hilarious comedy, Sally Field plays a soap opera star who receives yet another Daytime Emmy Award for her work on her show The Sun Also Sets. It is presumed that we are going to watch a charming little comedy about the real, dull lives of soap…

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Fever Pitch

BB (out of 5) Poor remake of the British film now has the Peter Pan-complexed male hero obsessed with baseball instead of football (aka soccer). Jimmy Fallon plays a schoolteacher who brings his top mathematics students to Drew Barrymore‘s office on a school trip to see how their field of study is being used practically…

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There’s Something About Mary

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A cut above all other films in the gross-out comedy genre, and a sight better than anything else the Farrelly brothers have done before or since is this sweet, daringly funny romance. A whiny nebbish (Ben Stiller) looks up an old high-school flame (Cameron Diaz) and finds himself falling in love…

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