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Jay Boyar

Jay Boyar
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 81% A Few Good Men (1992) As you may have suspected, Jack Nicholson steals the show. His Col. Nathan Jessep isn't in a lot of scenes, but when he's there, you can't take your eyes off him.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2014
85% My Cousin Vinny (1992) My Cousin Vinny is a hoot.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2014
4/5 86% Heat (1995) There isn't much going on at this party other than what the actors bring to it. But fortunately, Mann has invited some exceptional ones.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2014
3/5 59% Disclosure (1994) If the best parts of Disclosure are its sideshows, its biggest drawback is that infernal infatuation the filmmakers have with technology and power.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2014
4/5 50% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) There's no subtlety in this Robin Hood, but subtlety isn't everything: Grit and obviousness have coarser charms, and the director makes much of these.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2014
44% Three Amigos! (1986) The happy-go-lucky Three Amigos is a picture to see when your expectations are down and you've already been to everything that's good.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2014
81% Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) It is most curious that Hughes, who is obviously clever and talented, has failed to develop the intriguing situation he has set in motion.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2014
4/5 94% Fargo (1996) In the fascinating Fargo, writer-director Joel and writer-producer Ethan have come up with a film that is either an oddly funny crime drama or an ultra-deadpan comedy, depending on how you look at it.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2014
74% Three Men and a Baby (3 Men and a Baby) (1987) As a sometime actor, Nimoy understands how to get good performances from the members of his cast.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2014
90% In the Mood for Love (2001) It's intelligently conceived, exquisitely crafted and flawlessly acted.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2014
4/5 63% Kurt and Courtney (1998) In the Kurt-and-Courtney relationship, Broomfield has gotten ahold of an engrossing subject. And he pretty much has what it takes to do it justice.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/5 56% Legends of the Fall (1994) Just when it starts to seem as if Legends might just turn into a pretty good movie, along comes some tired, soap-opera plot device.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2014
50% D.A.R.Y.L. (1985) There's an intrinsic emotional pull to this earnest tale of parents in search of a child.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2014
3/5 76% White Men Can't Jump (1992) White Man Can't Jump is most effective at the beginning -- when it's bouncing along with the exuberance that Shelton brought to such other sports-minded movies as Bull Durham and The Best of Times.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2014
81% Flight of the Navigator (1986) There's no mistaking Flight of the Navigator for a really first-rate children's picture like, say, The Black Stallion. But Flight of the Navigator is an enjoyable film that encourages kids to use their heads.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2014
2/5 38% The Lawnmower Man (1992) The Lawnmower Man has it all -- melodramatic plot, bad acting, special effects that will undoubtedly seem cheesy in about five minutes and even a concluding sequence in which the usual lofty moral is voiced.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2014
92% Memento (2000) You have to pay close attention to Memento, the most original thriller to come along in years -- and one of the best.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2014
80% Seven (Se7en) (1995) The odd thing about Seven, however, is that except for its facile, familiar and ridiculously gimmicky plot, it's a pretty involving murder mystery.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2014
4/5 97% GoodFellas (1990) Robert De Niro gives what has come to be a typical Robert De Niro performance -- understated, sly, ingratiating. Joe Pesci, as the hot-tempered Tommy, steals several scenes from his fellow performers.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2014
58% Blast From the Past (1999) Blast From the Past has a sweet, joyful spirit and some fun performances.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2014
89% Rushmore (1998) If happiness is finding something you love to do and doing it forever, one of my somethings might just be watching this oddly uproarious little flick.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2014
4/5 85% Bottle Rocket (1996) Even as you laugh at these guys, you feel an overwhelming sympathy for them. Sensing that they love each other, you want their dumb, dysfunctional lives to work out.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2014
4/5 94% In the Name of the Father (1993) The complicated relationship between the rebellious Gerry and the quietly tormented Giuseppe is one focus of the film. The obvious political implications of the dreadful situation are another.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2014
4/5 88% Titanic (1997) Titanic is indeed a ship of dreams. Climb aboard and bon voyage.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2014
5/5 78% Braveheart (1995) Mel Gibson throws his whole heart into a role. No one acts with more conviction, and his errors are honest ones.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2014
92% Shakespeare in Love (1998) Hilarious, sexy, clever, playful and as initially teasing as it is ultimately satisfying.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2014
88% RoboCop (1987) Like the tormented figure at its center, this movie combines the mechanical with the human. And though much of the film is made up of spare parts from cop shows, exploitation flicks and comic books, it nevertheless comes to life.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2014
93% Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) Hannah and Her Sisters is structured ingeniously so that seemingly separate stories eventually merge in satisfying ways.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2014
3/5 93% Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin shi nan nu) (1994) But by the end, I felt that Lee had, so to speak, stuck a little too closely to the recipe: His movie is moderately enjoyable in a been-there, done-that sort of way.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2014
88% Chasing Amy (1997) As in Smith's debut film, Clerks, there's something about the scruffy Chasing Amy that breaks through the pretenses of more conventional movies.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2014
92% Moonstruck (1987) There's an old-fashioned romanticism about the picture, a sweet, gentle approach to love and family life. But this is kept from seeming sappy by the picture's tough-minded, almost abrasive sense of humor.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2014
95% Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) Hugh Grant's body English captures every nuance of his character's confusion precisely and hilariously.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2014
88% American Beauty (1999) [The filmmakers'] attacks on real-estate agents, corporate America and suburbia aren't so much shooting fish in a barrel as they are shooting fish in a shallow dish.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2014
1/5 31% Necessary Roughness (1991) As they say in football, pass.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2014
3/5 75% Ransom (1996) With a mechanical movie like this, filmmakers -- male or female -- can't take chances. Howard and company are hostages to their own conception.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2014
72% The Lost Boys (1987) The Lost Boys, which attempts to be funny while preserving the shock value of the vampire legend, aims somewhat higher... and misses.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2014
3/5 82% Dances With Wolves (1990) A slow-moving but well-acted western.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2014
90% Rain Man (1988) A fascinating, often very moving, frequently funny film.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2014
5/5 72% Forrest Gump (1994) The movie's technical tricks are great fun, as is its musical soundtrack, which captures the essences of the eras it traverses. But when you come right down to it, it's the oddly magnetic personality of Forrest himself that is the biggest draw.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2014
92% The Last Emperor (1987) There's probably a truly great movie in the story of Pu Yi, but The Last Emperor is not that movie. Still, what director Bernardo Bertolucci (Last Tango in Paris) has accomplished here is both ambitious and impressive.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2014
2/5 84% The English Patient (1996) It's the sort of solemn production that is often mentioned as an Academy Award contender.This says less about the quality of the film than it does about its self-consciously lofty tone and its sense of self-importance.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2014
82% Driving Miss Daisy (1989) This is a story about people, not politics. And perhaps because we can see the actors in closeup on the screen, that is even truer of the movie than the play.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2014
56% Out of Africa (1985) The relationship of Karen and Denys is a prickly and, despite the era in which it is set, curiously modern one. It's also at the heart of this understated movie.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2014
3/5 75% The Santa Clause (1994) I was surprised to find The Santa Clause rather easier to take than anticipated.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2013
3/5 87% A Midnight Clear (1992) [Gordon] clearly relishes the story's many ironies, and he's often successful at sharing his enjoyment of them with us.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2013
3/5 80% While You Were Sleeping (1995) It's Bullock's first shot at a role in which she plays second fiddle neither to males nor special effects. And she turns out to be every bit as delightful as anyone might have expected.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2013
4/5 94% The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Burton and his collaborators present a movie musical that's like nothing you've ever seen.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2013
92% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999) Watching this film is often like observing a group of people playing an elaborate game for which you don't know the rules. What they're doing obviously has enormous meaning for them, but that meaning is mostly lost on outsiders.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2013
2/5 80% The City of Lost Children (La Cité des Enfants Perdus) (1995) The City of Lost Children gets so caught up in its own weirdness that it all but shuts out the viewer.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2013
5/5 94% Aladdin (1992) This hilariously hip and thoroughly gorgeous motion picture is nothing less than the crowning achievement -- so far -- of Disney's revitalized animation department.‐ Orlando Sentinel
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2013