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Jay Boyar

Jay Boyar
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% The Little Mermaid (1989) In adapting this animated film from Hans Christian Andersen's sad and beautiful fairy tale, writers/directors John Musker and Ron Clements came up with a bright and perky movie.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2013
86% River's Edge (1987) The triumph of this bleak, unsettling picture is that, no matter how grim it gets, it's far too involving for you to turn away.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2013
3/5 91% Nobody's Fool (1994) Nobody's Fool is funny at times and as cuddly as an old teddy bear. But this movie is being taken far too seriously in some circles.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2013
2/5 47% My Fellow Americans (1996) As political satire, My Fellow Americans makes a poor candidate.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2013
88% Near Dark (1987) Long after the picture ends, you're left with potent half-images: strong-but-vague impressions that resemble the remains of dreams.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2013
5/5 96% Peeping Tom (1960) Peeping Tom reminds us of the scary, primitive power of movies by putting us, as viewers, in the position of its peeping protagonist. As the psychopath sets up his victims for the kill, we see them through his eyes.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2013
4/5 95% The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Demme comes at Harris' material from another angle: His movie may deal with madness, but his perspective is mercifully sane.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2013
3/5 86% Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) The film is an honest and disturbing attempt to come to grips with the sort of modern horror that we must -- more urgently every day -- try to understand.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2013
91% The Fly (1986) What's good about the film are the strong performances and the ingenious, mostly amusing script. What's ugly, of course, is the grossness. And what's bad is the movie's inability to reconcile its good and ugly aspects.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2013
4/5 93% Out of Sight (1998) Soderbergh understands the flaky, funny spirit of Leonard's characters and he gets his cast to express it.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2013
2/5 69% Cliffhanger (1993) Some movies get you so excited - so revved up on action and thrills -- that you almost feel like you're flying. Cliffhanger makes you feel like you're dropping.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2013
5/5 92% Saving Private Ryan (1998) The cast functions as an effective and believable unit. And Hanks gives a strong, increasingly solemn performance as its mysterious leader.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2013
97% Big (1988) This setup isn't exactly what you'd call plausible, but the follow-through is consistent and clever.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2013
3/5 94% Dave (1993) Kline is so polished and resourceful that he can glide his way through even the creakiest bits and make them seem fresh.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2013
5/5 92% Face/Off (1997) It's sick, slick and sensational.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2013
95% Unforgiven (1992) Unforgiven ain't nuthin' new, y'unnerstan', but it's a good, old-fashioned western-type pitcher with plenty o' rootin' tootin' action 'n' big ol' horses 'n' 10-gallon hats 'n' sech.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2013
3/5 93% The Freshman (1990) Though writer-director Andrew Bergman sets up potentially funny situations, the payoffs aren't nearly as clever as they need to be. Many situations don't pay off at all.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2013
3/5 85% The Secret Garden (1993) The movie's dark themes, unhurried pace and talkiness make it something of a gamble for many children. But older children -- especially those who have been asking specific questions about death -- may find some nourishment in this garden.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2013
84% Back to School (1986) The vibes, here, are all wrong, and Dangerfield's unique timing is disrupted in most scenes.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2013
4/5 86% Presumed Innocent (1990) Presumed Innocent is a stylish, dark-toned movie with handsome photography (by Gordon Willis) and solid performances.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2013
92% Parenthood (1989) There's not a scene in Parenthood that isn't involving: The actors keep reaching into themselves and coming up with gold.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2013
92% The Lion King (1994) The rest of The Lion King alternates between grand-opera melodrama and low-comedy hi-jinks, superbly blending the two approaches.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2013
88% Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) Though Last Crusade lacks the novelty of Raiders (and, by the way, the flat-out breathless pacing of Temple of Doom), it's an entertaining capper to the trilogy.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2013
94% Ruthless People (1986) Much of the fun of this comedy is in watching what happens as virtually everyone in the movie tries to double-cross or otherwise take advantage of everyone else.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2013
4/5 89% The Bridges of Madison County (1995) The result, if rather thin and certainly far from a masterpiece, is nevertheless quite lovely. This affecting little film is easily one of Eastwood's best efforts as a director.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2013
88% The Big Easy (1987) The Big Easy is as atmospheric as they come, but -- surprise! -- it's also sharp and swift. Plus, it has ample amounts of chemistry -- the steamy, sexy kind.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2013
93% A Fish Called Wanda (1988) Somehow, the movie manages to do the impossible: It makes John Cleese less than hilarious.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2013
5/5 83% Thelma & Louise (1991) Thelma & Louise isn't only a movie, it's also a journey. In some dark night of your distant past, you might once have dreamed about taking it.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2013
96% Midnight Run (1988) Grodin and De Niro are different kinds of actors, but they share a knack for detail and a gift for understatement that keeps their scenes together crackling.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2013
98% Aliens (1986) This film is also the best monster movie of the year and the best picture of any kind to open so far this summer. Put it another way: Aliens is the Jaws of the '80s.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2013
97% Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) If the pleasures of Who Framed Roger Rabbit are mostly incidental, they are certainly more than considerable.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2013
5/5 93% Speed (1994) Believe it or not, the most exciting movie of the year takes place mainly in an elevator, on a city bus and on a train car.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/5 89% When Harry Met Sally (1989) During the slow passages, I wondered to what extent the film's creators are aware of its Woodyisms, and to what degree they feel guilty about ripping Allen off.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/5 95% Apollo 13 (1995) Hanks is a terrific choice for the lead because he can appear strong and military without slipping over into Sgt. Rock corniness.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/5 95% In the Line of Fire (1993) Despite the presence of all these action-flick cliches, In the Line of Fire works. Sure, it's no more than a formula movie, but it's an effective formula movie.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/5 96% What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993) Angela Bassett is a wonderfully sympathetic screen presence who may have a big career ahead of her.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2013
3/5 96% The Fugitive (1993) While there are actors in this film, there isn't much room for acting. The rapid editing and near-absence of dialogue reduces the actors to action figures with colorful labels pasted on their foreheads.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2013
4/5 93% Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) Terminator 2 does work viscerally, however, and with this kind of movie, that's really what counts. No problemo.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2013
91% No Way Out (1987) A thriller that grabs you even before the ironies of its plot kick in is a thriller you don't want to miss. No Way Out is that sort of movie, a thriller that's thrilling throughout.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2013
3/5 63% The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992) The careful structure of THTRTC guarantees that the movie will generate a fair amount of suspense throughout. But the single-mindedness of the movie is a genuine limitation, and, watching it, you begin to feel spoon-fed.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2013
92% Die Hard (1988) Die Hard is an action picture with a capital A. In fact, you might as well go ahead and capitalize the whole darn word.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2013
1/5 64% A Rage in Harlem (1991) As the movie becomes increasingly violent and unpleasant, the characters chase around after each other in a threadbare gangster plot about a trunk of gold.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2013
2/5 23% Dying Young (1991) These people are like an adolescent's idea of adulthood. They're junior high schoolers without zits, emotionally arrested and unaware of it.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2013
1/5 49% Flatliners (1990) All I remember is that, just before I came to, there was a sudden burst of brightness. At last the movie was over, and someone had turned on the lights in the theater.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2013
3/5 16% The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) If you're interested in a faithful visual adaptation of Wolfe's novel, be assured that this isn't it.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2013
97% The Princess Bride (1987) For parents who have felt as if they were approaching the Cliffs of Insanity while enduring the inanities of standard kiddie pictures, The Princess Bride may be a godsend.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2013
4/5 90% Trainspotting (1996) Trainspotting's saving grace is that there's a heck of a lot of entertainment value in this particular form of shallowness.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2013
5/5 90% Reservoir Dogs (1992) A brash, brutal crime-caper film, Reservoir Dogs has enough raw energy for 10 motion pictures and more than enough rough stuff to traumatize the sensitive. But not only does Dogs have teeth, it has brains.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2013
91% Stand by Me (1986) Its perspective is that of a knowing adult, which is to say that though the film is frequently affectionate and funny, it contains a drop too much condescension to be entirely successful.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2013
96% Back to the Future (1985) It isn't often that extremely clever moviemakers use their brains in the service of pure fun. But that's just what the people who made Back to the Future have done. This brilliant contraption of a film could become the hit of the summer.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2013