Larry Vitacco

Larry Vitacco
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Philadelphia Gay News

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/4 85% Chariots of Fire (1981) [Ian Charleson and [Ben Cross] bring an unrestrained passion to their roles that is both refreshing and invigorating to watch. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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3/4 No Score Yet A Change of Seasons (1980) Clever, sometimes biting, dialogue permeates the script with enough thoughtful pauses to let it all sink in. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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2/4 74% Scanners (1981) What could have been a dandy super-thriller instead becomes a mediocre display of gruesome special effects in Scanners. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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3.5/4 75% The Competition (1980) Joel Oliansky's screenplay affords the viewer not only a richly emotional story of two people competing against and falling in love with each other, but a wealth of some of the most beautiful piano concertos ever composed. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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3/4 91% Melvin and Howard (1980) Tak Fujimoto's photography and Craig McKay's editing are without fault. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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4/4 39% Making Love (1982) Making Love defies convention. Here is a movie about a man's coming to terms with his gayness that is intelligently written, honestly performed and entertaining to watch. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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2/4 93% Raging Bull (1980) Scripters Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin would have you believe LaMotta spent most of his life either throwing punches or yelling his head off at whoever was nearby. In short, La Motta's life hardly warrants screen treatment. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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1/4 38% The Exterminator (1980) How people can conceive of such trash, let alone commit it to film, is beyond the imagination, but movies like The Exterminator deserve to be visited by the Terminix Man. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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3.5/4 No Score Yet Divine Madness (1980) From her opening number, "Big Noise from Winnetka" to her triumphant grand finale, "I Shall Be Released," there is nary a dull moment. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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3.5/4 84% Altered States (1980) Exciting, powerful and frightening, this sci-fi action flick is a near-masterpeice. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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3/4 22% The Incredible Shrinking Woman (La Increíble Mujer Diminuta) (1981) A very amusing, slightly philosophical comedy. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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3/4 71% The Howling (1981) The monster movie is back! - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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2.5/4 50% Prom Night (1980) [Leslie Nielsen and Jamie Lee Curtis] perform well. In fact, Curtis (an alumna of Halloween and The Fog, and soon to be seen in Terror Train) is very good... it would be great to watch her perform in a riproaring comedy or a searing drama. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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2/4 50% Times Square (1980) Unfortunately, the story of this off-the-cuff friendship starts to fold halfway through the movie, dragging out until the far-from-satisfying conclusion. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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1.5/4 37% Maniac (1980) Maniac doesn't deserve the paper and ink it takes to print this review. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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2.5/4 40% Hangar 18 (1980) The key to enjoying Hangar 18 is not taking it too seriously - just a little bit, around the edges. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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3/4 33% All Night Long (1981) Low-keyed comedic action matched against well-realized characterizations make All Night Long one of this year's brightest, urbanely sophisticated romantic comedies. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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3/4 89% Time Bandits (1981) For the most part Time Bandits goes its charming, merry way weaving much hilarity as it does, until the movie careens to its twisted, unorthodox ending. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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3/4 No Score Yet Middle Age Crazy (1980) A witty script and top-flight performances keep Middle Age Crazy a notch above the usual, run-of-the-mill comedy/dramas about the hardships, both real and imagined, of turning 40. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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2/4 78% Southern Comfort (1981) The multi-penned script loses much of its credibility because of the stupid antics of various characters. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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3/4 30% Halloween II (1981) The suspense generated by the Carpenter/Hill screenplay, which begins with the end of Halloween, builds nerve wrackingly to a satisfying conclusion. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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2.5/4 78% Rollover (1981) The movie, once viewed, may seem farfetched, but then so was everything from sliced bread to men in space until it actually came to be. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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2.5/4 82% Pennies From Heaven (1981) It's a mix of a pathetic, soft-core potboiler and a musical extravaganza of yore that leaves a sour taste at its conclusion. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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4/4 97% Cinderella (1950) A fresh and unique interpretation of an age-old tale. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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3/4 89% Reds (1981) Given the impeccable production values, first-rate performances and epic proportions, the movie's just not as intriguing or involving as it should have been. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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2/4 29% Tattoo (1981) Aside from Dern, the only other redeeming value of Tattoo is Arthur Ornitz's evocative camera work. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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3.5/4 92% Ragtime (1981) Forman's deft handling of Weller's teeming screenplay is a testament to his skill as a filmmaker. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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3/4 No Score Yet The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper (1981) A free-wheeling, adventurous, tongue-in-cheek yarn. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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82% Over the Edge (1979) This genre has spawned more unmemorable films than quality ones; sadly, Over the Edge falls into the former category. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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4/4 94% Missing (1982) A fascinating story that is all the more frightening because it actually happened. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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3/4 No Score Yet The Amateur (1982) A slick and suspenseful espionage thriller. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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3/4 88% Evil Under the Sun (1982) Evil Under the Sun, the latest Agatha Christie murder mystery adapted for the silver screen, offers the escapist moviegoer a hell of a good time. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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4/4 86% Quest for Fire (1981) Quest For Fire is thrilling and awesome in its individual and collective achievements. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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4/4 95% The Great Santini (1979) By all means, see The Great Santini, one of the most rewarding film experiences this or any other year. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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3.5/4 90% The Big Red One (1980) It's an adventure film as refreshing in content and style as The Deer Hunter was horrifyingly realistic and Apocalypse Now was terrifyingly philosophical. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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1.5/4 14% Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) Shame on everybody involved. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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3.5/4 84% My Bodyguard (1980) My Bodyguard is one of those movies that is a sheer delight to watch and. a joy to behold when finished. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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2/4 17% The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980) The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu emerges a sorry cinematic swan song for an actor who gave so many brilliant performances in much better films. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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3/4 27% Xanadu (1980) Xanadu offers a wealth of special effects entrancingly strung out along a rather impoverished screenplay. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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39% The Black Hole (1979) The Black Hole may look like 20 million bucks, but its scenario is worth about 20 cents. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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63% Force 10 From Navarone (1978) Force 10 From Navarone is an above average example of farfetched, easy on the intellect and high on adventure, slightly tongue-in-cheek movie making. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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100% Pinocchio (1940) The animation is, of course, superb, finely detailed and masterful in execution -- the Monstro whale sequence a standout. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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83% King of the Gypsies (1978) Eric Roberts' debut performance is impressive. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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82% ...And Justice for All (1979) Biting humor and dynamic drama blend well in this episodic story of an honest lawyer's struggle with the corruption, technicalities and loopholes of the American judicial system. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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No Score Yet The Legacy (1978) Predictable and not the least bit frightening, The Legacy offers the viewer nothing that hasn't been done before, and done better. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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41% When a Stranger Calls (1979) With an effectively chilling beginning, a frightening edge-of-your-seat finish, and superb characterizations in between, Stranger is guaranteed to make your skin crawl. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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33% A Different Story (1978) Luckily, the overall quality, sincerity, fresh humor, and truth smooth the rough spots, making A Different Story worth seeing because it tries hard and (almost) makes it. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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83% Coming Home (1978) Hal Ashby's Coming Home, the latest of the Vietnam war-oriented movies, is a sensitive, beautiful, and in the end disturbing account of the personal trauma of war and its far-reaching effects on all involved. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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100% Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives (1977) [Word Is Out] is a sensitive, widely representative profile of the gay experience. It's a film that at long last shatters many of the ugly, oppressive stereotypes so firmly rooted in the minds of a majority of heterosexuals. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
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4/4 70% Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981) Who's Life is one of the year's best films, not to be missed. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020