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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 82% Jerry Maguire (1996) Unlike Mission Impossible, Jerry Maguire gives Cruise something to work with... He takes to it with zest. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 24, 2016
3/4 46% Everybody's All-American (1988) Apart from a performance of mesmerizing authority and conviction from Quaid in an arena usually littered with more cliches... Hackford's movie has the courage to start where most films about our national passion for sport leave off. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 23, 2016
4/4 89% Sid and Nancy (1986) They are more than zombies doing needlepoint on each other's veins. Both are brought to life in complex, deeply felt performances from two actors who have abandoned themselves to enormously demanding and difficult roles. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 9, 2016
3.5/4 96% Boyz n the Hood (1991) Singleton sometimes displays his youthful inexperience in melodramatic emphasis and rhetorical flourishes, but he has created a deeply troubling film about responsibility. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 1, 2016
3/4 82% Total Recall (1990) Schwarzenegger is never going to make the De Niros and Hoffmans of this world lose a night's sleep, but he has acquired a new confidence as an actor under Verhoeven's guidance. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 27, 2016
3/4 66% The Pillow Book (1997) The Pillow Book is an experiment in the potential of film. It rejects convention and asks the viewer to forget traditions and entrenched assumptions. Those willing to go along will be hypnotized. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 2, 2016
90% Midnight Cowboy (1969) Some of the attitudes in Midnight Cowboy -- especially toward women -- don't wear the years well, but the performances by Hoffman and Jon Voight remain electric. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 22, 2016
4/4 81% A Dry White Season (1989) Searing, powerful and eye-opening. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 28, 2015
2.5/4 62% Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1993) Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. is a film to be enjoyed for its individual moments, Ariyan Johnson's winning charm as Chantel and the fact that Harris has put the spotlight on the girls who too often are just bystanders in other inner-city movies. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 28, 2015
2.5/4 32% Good Burger (1997) The wiry Mitchell and the chubby Thompson may physically suggest such great teams as Laurel and Hardy and Abbott and Costello, but -- at this stage of their development -- the resemblance ends there. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 8, 2015
2.5/4 63% Back to the Future Part II (1989) Fans of the original should relish going back to Back to the Future. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 29, 2015
4/4 93% Hear My Song (1991) The many charms of Hear My Song hinge on its deft balance of the puckish humor of the present situation and a genuine sense of loss and roads not taken in the past. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 16, 2015
3/4 100% Tampopo (1985) Tampopo is, among many other things, the first "spaghetti eastern" and one of its particular charms is that it celebrates as much as satirizes. No movie gourmet with exotic tastes should miss it. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3/4 86% The Hunt for Red October (1990) The Hunt for Red October is overplotted and sometimes implausible, but McTiernan's clipped style and lavish budget help it through the choppier waters. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 11, 2015
4/4 81% Let Him Have It (1991) Let Him Have It is unabashedly weighted toward the perspective of the murderer as victim -- a notion that does not enjoy much public currency in our more violent times. But if ever there was a victim of the judicial system, it was Derek Bentley. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 28, 2014
3.5/4 86% The Exorcist (1973) The Exorcist, with its excellent cast, mounting intensity, and ingeniously constructed surprises, is still a commanding achievement. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2014
1.5/4 32% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze (1991) The plot of Turtles II hinges on toxic waste and that turns out to be a pretty accurate description of the film. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 6, 2014
2.5/4 10% I Dreamed of Africa (2000) I Dreamed of Africa boasts the majestic landscapes and wildlife that explain why anyone would be spellbound by the place. But the story is fitfully episodic and the jerky editing doesn't help a bit. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 23, 2014
1.5/4 7% Man Trouble (1992) There was reportedly a great deal of argument and dissent during the making of the film, and it is reflected in its erratic tone and slovenly, indecisive and increasingly incoherent narrative. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 18, 2014
1.5/4 13% Mannequin 2: On the Move (1991) Beneath this slick variation on the Sleeping Beauty theme lies a male fantasy that would not withstand much hard psychological scrutiny. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 15, 2014
2/4 16% The Karate Kid, Part III (1986) The Karate Kid Part III is a brave but misguided attempt to restate the lesson through a narrative ploy that nearly always works, but here produces no more than recycling. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 15, 2014
2/4 19% Navy Seals (1990) The movie is full of macho swagger and unabashed hero-worship. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 14, 2014
1/4 17% Masters of the Universe (1987) With Masters of the Universe -- the latest numbskull entertainment from the creators of Castle Greyskull -- He-Man makes the transition from animation to live action. Taking a live actor along for the ride might have helped. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 11, 2014
2.5/4 12% Striptease (1996) Men will doubtless be lured to Striptease by Moore's beautifully sculpted body. But it's the heart she puts into Erin that gives this more erratic than erotic picture the centering presence it needs. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 18, 2014
2.5/4 19% Once Upon a Forest (1993) Respect for nature and the environment is a message that no one would quarrel with, but this is yet another example of a movie that can't or won't differentiate between technology and the use to which it is put. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 17, 2014
17% Wild Wild West (1999) A Smith blockbuster is as much a Fourth of July tradition as parades, barbecue picnics and patriotic speeches, but Wild Wild West is a wet firecracker. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 17, 2014
1.5/4 33% Tango & Cash (1989) Both men think that the best way to deliver the right to remain silent to the usual suspects is via a right hook. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 11, 2014
2.5/4 39% Armageddon (1998) The special effects are the best that $150 million can buy and the script plays like a near-afterthought. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3/4 73% Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) Fried Green Tomatoes is a case of a film acted with such skill and conviction that glaring problems of narrative, pace and structure seem like minor slips. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 2, 2014
3/4 66% The Rock (1996) The borrowings from other movies, going all the way back to the car chase in 1968's Bullitt, are heavy. But Bay has three leads to lend weight and dimension to characters who are hardly original and flatly written. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 27, 2014
2.5/4 77% Licence To Kill (1989) With Dalton straightening out Bond for the second time, Licence to Kill continues the salvage operation begun in The Living Daylights and rescues a series that was in danger of shooting itself in the foot. With a Walther PPK, of course. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 20, 2014
2.5/4 46% For Love of the Game (1999) On the field, Costner is consistent, but his exploration of Billy's romantic dilemma is superficial and often wooden. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 8, 2014
3/4 58% The Sandlot (1993) A solid double rather than a grand slam, The Sandlot remains a refreshing antidote to the daily round of contract squabbles on the sports page. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 7, 2014
4/4 85% Eight Men Out (1988) The tone of Eight Men Out is reminiscent of the droll irony of John Huston's considerations of the vanity of human wishes and the corrupting power of money. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 6, 2014
2/4 87% The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) The two Zuckers and Abrahams have, surprisingly, forgotten a principle of parody that they taught everyone else. Namely, that the jokes have to fit, and that they have to refer to the target -- in this instance police movies. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 6, 2014
3/4 12% Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) Of course, Superman saves the world, but the real news is that there's still some life in the series. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 5, 2014
1.5/4 23% A Stranger Among Us (1992) [Lumet] may be the quintessential New York director, but A Stranger Among Us argues that he should stay out of Brooklyn. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 3, 2014
2/4 0% Jaws: The Revenge (1987) Everything in Jaws the Revenge is utterly expectable, which isn't a bright idea for a film relying on suspense and tension. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 30, 2014
2.5/4 85% My Cousin Vinny (1992) The movie sags as Vinny sets out to demolish the patently shaky case and dubious witnesses for the prosecution. Pesci does his best, but a lawyer's suit on him becomes a straitjacket. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 30, 2014
2.5/4 50% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) Much as I admire Costner, it is the very qualities of honesty, honor and sincerity he projects so forcefully that encumber this Robin. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 25, 2014
96% Ran (1985) One of the supreme cinematic achievements of the last quarter-century. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 23, 2014
2/4 74% Three Men and a Baby (3 Men and a Baby) (1987) It would be a better movie if everyone involved had concentrated on making the behavior of the three heroes more believable. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 16, 2014
2/4 57% Short Circuit (1986) One of the stranger ironies to be found in Hollywood these days is that some of its most resourceful directors use high-tech wizardry and state-of- the-art movie technology to make films that rail against the tyranny of science. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 2, 2014
3/4 81% Flight of the Navigator (1986) If there is more than a little something borrowed from Spielberg, Kleiser's movie is amiably undemanding entertainment that says the right things, albeit without great originality. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 1, 2014
2.5/4 80% Seven (Se7en) (1995) The reason to see Seven, which is decidedly not for the faint of stomach, is not for the punishment of sin, but the many virtues of Freeman's contribution. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 25, 2014
4/4 96% GoodFellas (1990) In GoodFellas, Scorsese, that connoisseur of mean streets and brutish, reflexive rage, has fashioned a stunning film that belongs on the same lonely, top shelf as Coppola's Mafia saga. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 25, 2014
4/4 94% In the Name of the Father (1993) Day-Lewis, so intricately repressed in The Age of Innocence, here offers a role reversal in an unreserved and emotional performance that throws caution and inhibition to the winds. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3.5/4 88% Titanic (1997) The execution is state-of-the-art and breathtaking. Titanic offers the full compass of courage and cowardice, and it stands as an achievement that truly is a night to remember at the movies. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 25, 2014
3/4 78% Braveheart (1995) As the star of the new, epic-scaled Braveheart, Gibson celebrates yet another man of selfless valor. And as its director, he displays some daring of his own. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 24, 2014
2.5/4 60% Dream with the Fishes (1997) Clearly, it wishes to be different, but anyone who fondly recalls the buddy films of the '70s will find it to be more of the same. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 13, 2014