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Jay Boyar

Jay Boyar
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
96% Daughters of the Dust (1991) Even when the pace slows to a crawl, the island's gentle mood is appealing. ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/5 69% Antonia (Antonia's Line) (1995) The performances are modest and appealing. In the title role, Van Ammelrooy projects a remarkable combination of optimism, strength and resignation. ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Oct 4, 2016
5/5 92% Howards End (1992) Director Ivory has assembled a wonderful cast, and he gets them to work together as a repertory company of genius. ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Aug 24, 2016
5/5 82% Jerry Maguire (1996) Cruise gives perhaps his most appealing performance ever in what is arguably his best movie. ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Aug 24, 2016
46% Everybody's All-American (1988) Sprawling across a quarter of a century, Everybody's All-American is an unkempt epic about the life and times of a Louisiana athlete. ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Aug 23, 2016
89% Sid and Nancy (1986) Sid & Nancy is an honorable try, but it could have been better had Cox found a way to imbue the movie with some of the sheer zaniness of his Repo Man. ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Aug 9, 2016
2/5 53% Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) All things considered, I would rather play Twister. ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 29, 2016
3/5 82% Total Recall (1990) If Total Recall isn't as much fun as I'd hoped, it's not as dreary as I'd feared. I wouldn't call it totally awesome, but it's far from being a total loss. ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 27, 2016
36% Spice World (1998) As an example of pop-culture debris, Spice World is absolutely perfect. Without, of course, being any good. ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 21, 2016
18% Spawn (1997) This barely coherent hunk of junk is like a cheap horror film with only a suggestion of the grisliness that appeals to fans of cheap horror films. ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 6, 2016
94% Mrs. Brown (1997) Mrs. Brown is reserved yet spirited. ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 6, 2016
66% The Pillow Book (1997) I can, with many reservations, recommend The Pillow Book for graphic artists and, of course, for Star Wars completists. People who simply can't get enough nudity might also want to take a look. ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 2, 2016
16% Graffiti Bridge (1990) With his doe eyes, sensitive face and amazing openness, he might even have the makings of a whole new kind of movie star. But if Prince is ever going to be that, he must find some decent behind-the-camera collaborators. ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 22, 2016
33% Under the Cherry Moon (1986) In Under the Cherry Moon, the self-styled auteur is obviously aiming for a romantic tragedy with occasional lighthearted moments. What he ends up with, however, is purest camp. ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 22, 2016
79% Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1994) The new attempt - a live-action adaptation - is unlikely to supplant the cartoon version in anyone's affections. ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 15, 2016
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
36% 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
39% 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 (1988) 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
94% 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