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Jay Boyar

Jay Boyar

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 57% Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) "In Tomorrow Never Dies, the news is mostly good. And when it comes to movies, there's no news like good news. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Nov 1, 2015
3/5 78% GoldenEye (1995) "In GoldenEye, [Brosnan's] performance achieves darker, Conneryesque tones. And the movie's relatively realistic take on Bond -- realistic, that is, by the series' flamboyant standards -- helps to give his work weight. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Oct 28, 2015
70% The Living Daylights (1987) "Dalton shows a serious side that's been missing from the role since Sean Connery's earliest 007 days. And as a whole, the new picture is less of a special-effects affair than most of Roger Moore's Bond films. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Oct 20, 2015
3/5 92% Salaam Bombay! (1988) "Watching this picture feels more like a solemn duty than a form of entertainment or enrichment. And whether it is fantasy or reality, a movie should never be something you see as a duty. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Sep 29, 2015
3/5 62% Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1993) "What's especially encouraging about Just Another Girl is that in it Leslie Harris demonstrates a genuine knack for capturing on film the sounds and rhythms of adolescence. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Sep 28, 2015
35% A View to a Kill (1985) "Hard as it is to justify Bond films on intellectual grounds, there's something invigorating -- and strangely reassuring -- about this sort of picture. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Aug 21, 2015
3/5 30% Hocus Pocus (1993) "All things considered, Hocus Pocus is much more entertaining than a pimple-people picture has a right to be. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Aug 15, 2015
4/5 91% Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot) (1994) "Even if [Manchevski] ends up making American action films, I hope he doesn't lose his eye for beautiful still compositions. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 27, 2015
3/5 54% Blade (1998) "For a while, anyway, this vampire picture flies. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 15, 2015
3/5 37% Fletch Lives (1989) "The sequel, like the original, is entertaining in a slightly stale, basically sitcomy way. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 1, 2015
4/5 63% Back to the Future Part II (1989) "The most important point is that the new film is fun. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 29, 2015
97% Babe (1995) "Much to my surprise, I found Babe charming in an eccentric, oddly tough-minded sort of way. And if it isn't quite good enough to change my mind about the entire critter-chat genre, it is certainly good enough to recommend. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 16, 2015
81% Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome isn't a bad movie. It has entertaining sections, decent performances and more than a few provocative images. But it also has a major shortcoming: It's too darned sane. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 13, 2015
40% Rocky IV (1985) "The new film's narrative is stripped down to essentials, which gives it an emblematic quality. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 13, 2015
3/5 81% Jungle Fever (1991) "It certainly is something to see. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 21, 2015
4/5 89% Fresh (1994) "Sean Nelson, who turned 13 just before the film was shot, gives a fine, self-assured performance in the title role. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 21, 2015
2/5 0% Hot to Trot (2010) "I am not going to try to tell you that this one-joke, talking-horse comedy is, in any meaningful sense, a good movie. What I am going to say is that it's a little better than my rock-bottom expectations led me to predict. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 21, 2015
2/5 69% Die Hard 2 (1990) "The filmmakers seem to be operating under the assumption that the way you top a successful movie is by making one that's louder, cruder and more violent. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 3, 2015
2/5 83% Orlando (1992) "Potter possesses a natural gracefulness in presentation that helps a little but, finally, not nearly enough. Orlando is vague when she means it to be mysterious, coy when it ought to be witty, familiar when it should be bold. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 23, 2015
90% After Hours (1985) "Like many of Scorsese's earlier pictures, After Hours has a fascination with the bizarre. But the new film is lighter in spirit than any Scorsese film, with the possible exception of Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 18, 2015
5/5 82% Talk Radio (1988) "If you think you're unshockable, see this film and then see what you think. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 13, 2015
100% Tampopo (1985) "The movie makes you laugh, gets you hungry, stirs things up. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 13, 2015
5/5 97% The Crying Game (1992) "This film must be discovered as it unfolds: If anyone starts to tell you about it, hit him. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 9, 2015
5/5 88% Naked (1993) "By the end of the film, there's even something vaguely inspirational about our antihero's painful journey through the bowels of his self-created hell. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 4, 2015
93% Do the Right Thing (1989) "The movie has a tone and a perspective of its own. But all too often, the tone is tiresome and the perspective banal. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 3, 2015
88% Platoon (1986) "Stone's strongest suit, however, isn't so much realism as it is his way of blending immediacy and insight. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Feb 22, 2015
4/5 86% The Hunt for Red October (1990) "The Hunt for Red October is a lot better than you may suspect. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Feb 11, 2015
4/5 73% Cry-Baby (1990) "I don't quite know how Waters did it (and I have absolutely no idea why he did it), but the fact that Cry-Baby is fun suggests that the filmmaker possesses an instinctive understanding of what made those Elvis pictures so successful in the first place. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jan 21, 2015
4/5 67% Prancer (1989) "This is a tale about faith and love, but it's also a story of coldness and death. Prancer, you might say, puts the winter solstice back in Christmas/ " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Dec 14, 2014
93% Blue Velvet (1986) "Destined to become a cult classic, Blue Velvet presents what is probably the most original cinematic vision to come along this year. Undoubtedly, it will be too strong for many tastes. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Nov 14, 2014
4/5 85% Bugsy (1991) "Most actors give more contained performances as they get older or else they risk self-parody. Beatty, who has always seemed larger than life, gets even larger with age -- and on him it looks good. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Oct 29, 2014
3/5 81% Let Him Have It (1991) "Fairness isn't the issue here, dramatic depth is: You don't have to favor capital punishment to feel yourself being manipulated. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Oct 28, 2014
86% The Exorcist (1973) "When I first saw The Exorcist, I saw only the literal side of the story. But as I watched it again, I began to view the movie as a dark fairy tale about a parent whose child is experiencing a painful trauma. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Oct 15, 2014
2/5 27% Lost in Space (1998) "If all you want is special effects, you may have come to the right galaxy. But if you're looking for old-fashioned goofiness, you'll be shouting, "Beam me up, Scotty!'' Or whatever the Lost in Space equivalent of that is. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Sep 17, 2014
85% Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987) "Entertaining as it often is, Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll! could have used a little less showmanship, a little more confidence in its wonderful subject. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Sep 10, 2014
80% Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) "[MSTies] can rest assured that the movie is about as funny as a typical episode of the show that is, pretty darn funny in a sly and satirical sort of way. For others, the movie can serve as a good introduction to the whole MST3K phenomenon. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Sep 2, 2014
2/5 67% Maverick (1994) "Maverick reminds us of what killed the western in the first place. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Sep 2, 2014
2/5 69% Jacob's Ladder (1990) "Without a strongly sympathetic figure at the center of the movie, Jacob's plight seems very remote. Watching this film should feel like being caught in a nightmare, but it feels more like watching someone else who is caught in a nightmare. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Aug 23, 2014
2/5 33% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze (1991) "If the new film is considerably less imaginative than your average Punch-and-Judy show, it is, nevertheless, a step up from last year's turtle-fest. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Aug 6, 2014
1/5 40% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990) "What troubles me about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is that it's basically an exploitation movie aimed at young children. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Aug 6, 2014
11% Club Paradise (1986) "There certainly is a lot of talent involved in Club Paradise... But most often, the level of humor is rather like that of those entertainments put on by summer campers for their own amusement. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 26, 2014
76% 3 Hommes et un Couffin (Three Men and a Cradle) (1985) "A simple equation, perhaps, but when it comes to comedy, simpler is frequently funnier. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 25, 2014
1/5 6% Son of the Pink Panther (1993) "This movie will finally kill off the series. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 23, 2014
3/5 7% Man Trouble (1992) "This is actually a pretty clever idea, and it's certainly ambitious -- too ambitious. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 18, 2014
18% Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985) "As a 10-minute sketch on Saturday Night Live, it probably would have been dynamite. But at 1 hour, 28 minutes, the picture seems padded. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 15, 2014
2/5 25% Fathers' Day (1997) "There is something faintly depressing about seeing an inspired comedian like Robin Williams and a clever one like Billy Crystal starring in a movie that might just as well have been based on My Two Dads. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 14, 2014
4/5 19% Navy Seals (1990) "Navy Seals stands out among this summer's violence-oriented pictures as the only one that doesn't leave your brain feeling like mashed potatoes. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 14, 2014
3/5 19% Rude Awakening (1989) "The movie is very uneven, but it does manage to do a couple of crucial things that those tributes haven't. It shows us the zany heart of '60s counterculture, and it reminds us that the zaniness was a form of political expression. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 11, 2014
14% The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (1992) "It just sort of limps along under the late-summer sun until, at last, its forced whimsy expires. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 11, 2014
14% Howard the Duck (1986) "Reservations aside, it's hard to fault the tongue-in-bill high spirits of a movie like Howard the Duck. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 9, 2014
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