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Paul Willistein

Paul Willistein
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
90% Splash (1984) Splash takes an implausible story and turns it into an entertaining movie that will be enjoyable for children, teen-agers and young adults.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
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48% The Lonely Guy (1984) The Lonely Guy falls short of becoming The Funny Guy it was intended to be. ‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
75% Under the Volcano (1984) Finney gives one of his best performances ever. Bisset is fine in her role opposite him. Andrews captures the confusion of the loner-adventurer. But most of all this is Huston's film. Under the Volcano will rank among his greatest works.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
80% Staying Together (1989) With Staying Together, Grant and company were either too smug in their conceit about presenting a story of the little folks out there in real America, or unwilling to deal in true emotions.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
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40% SpaceCamp (Space Camp) (1986) "SpaceCamp" remains true to the stuff of boyhood dreams.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
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69% Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) If it is to be fully enjoyed, Greystoke must be taken on its own terms, which is nothing short of magnificent.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
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51% Footloose (1984) Footloose can't be recommended for anyone over 16 because its plot is mindless. Footloose can't be recommended for anyone under 16 because it is sugar-coated vulgarity.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
No Score Yet Hardbodies (1984) Hardbodies is unadulterated crap bordering on soft-core pornography. A mindless, sexist exploitation of women, Hardbodies raises the essential cinematic question of our time: How did this movie get made?‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
50% The Philadelphia Experiment (1984) The movie's special effects are pretty spectacular; the soundtrack is effective and the overall quality of the production is just a notch below Spielberg. But ultimately it's Pare as the word-chewing sailor who makes you want to watch this movie.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
No Score Yet Joshua Then and Now (1985) If you enjoyed The Color Purple, Out Of Africa and Twice In A Lifetime, then you may also want to see Joshua,' a distinctive comedy- drama about adult foibles and cultural clashes. ‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
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29% Gabriela (1983) It's always a joy to see Marcello Mastroianni on the silver screen. ‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
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94% Hope and Glory (1987) Hope and Glory is, to use an overused adjective, wonderful. It's the kind of movie that makes you feel good about going to movies. It's personal, yet it's universal. It's simple, yet profound. It's very nearly a masterpiece.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
57% Plenty (1985) If you are willing to let your own guard down and enjoy Plenty on its own terms, you will come away with a remarkable experience.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
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100% Never Cry Wolf (1983) Never Cry Wolf is a cut above your typical nature film with a storyline that should hold the attention of adults and children alike. It's one of the increasingly few movies the whole family can enjoy.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
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No Score Yet Lost Angels (1989) Lost Angels is a good movie for parents to see who might have troubled youths of their own, or for older folks wanting to understand why kids are different today.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
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33% Sheena (1984) Sheena is nearly a nice film.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
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47% Legal Eagles (1986) The combination of courtroom drama, love triangle comedy and art world intrigue makes Legal Eagles an interesting, if flawed, movie. It should be chiefly of interest to fans of Redford and Winger and lawyers. And there are a lot of them.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
80% The Bostonians (1984) It's a feast to behold but the conclusion [downbeat or upbeat, depending on your politics] might leave the viewer feeling [again, depending on your viewpoint] either smug or angry.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
No Score Yet Tank (1984) Tank delivers on most of what it promises -- some laughs and action. ‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
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20% Unfaithfully Yours (1984) When Moore is kicking and hitting walls, grimacing as his stuffiness is deflated or stumbling into broom closets and emerging carrying most of the contents, he is very funny and so is the film.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
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100% Entre Nous (Coup de Foudre) (1983) This is a movie to be savored. And there's lots to absorb here. You'll be fascinated by its fashions, the period interior furnishings and automobiles and the lively music.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
77% Cocoon (1985) It has charm, intelligence, grace and humor. ‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
81% Starman (1984) Starman can be appreciated for its very human (and humane) story. It also happens to be a very well-crafted movie with lots going for it.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
75% Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) First-time director Joe Johnston wisely prevents the movie from slipping into too much sentimentality.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
96% Midnight Run (1988) Breaks from the formulaic, mixing elements of a road movie with convincing performances by [Robert] De Niro and Charles Grodin, to become a satisfying cinema escape.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
90% Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) One of those movies that, having left the movie theater, you feel moved, different, a bit wiser about the world perhaps. It raises movie-going to the level of experience.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
82% Big Trouble in Little China (1986) Carpenter... and the actors are hampered by a completely episodic script which moves ahead full-throttle to nowhere.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
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No Score Yet Best Defense (1984) While both Moore and Murphy have their moments in Best Defense and the movie provides a number of laughs, fans of both comics are bound to be disappointed.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
91% Scandal (1989) What's interesting about Scandal is that it isn't more leering and lurid. It matter-of-factly tells the story behind the Profumo Affair with attention to the emotions of those involved.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
91% Raising Arizona (1987) So funny and fast-paced that you may not notice that this movie is about kidnapping a baby.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
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33% Cocoon: The Return (1988) While the movie has its flaws, and lacks the original's joy of discovery, it's a gentle, loving, life-affirming entertainment. ‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
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100% Shoot to Kill (Deadly Pursuit) (1988) There's suspense from start to finish.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
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No Score Yet Reckless (1984) The kind of film where they put the soundtrack at equal volume to the dialogue, hoping you'll be distracted and won't listen to the lousy scriptwriting anyway.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
33% Gung Ho (1986) Ron Howard shows no special charm in rescuing the sub-par material. Whenever the plot threatens to drag, he throws in a blaring rock song and turns the movie into MTV.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
No Score Yet Up the Creek (1984) Impressive for its white water rafting footage. This was realistic and genuinely thrilling. It looked like the actors and stuntmen were risking their lives. And for what? This film? Why?‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
73% Crossroads (1986) Takes an interesting slice of American musical folklore and trivializes it.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
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86% Moscow On The Hudson (1984) This film belongs alone to Robin Williams, who clearly establishes that he has the capacity to play more than a cartoon character as in "Popeye" or an eccentric as in "The World According to Garp."‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
67% Against All Odds (1984) Yet another example of contemporary directors and scenarists who, in attempting to steer their remakes away from duplicating the original, discard the very qualities that made the initial film interesting.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
50% The Principal (1987) "The Principal" - despite its violence and raw language - doesn't glorify gangs and anti-social behavior. It just might make some teens think twice about their lifestyles and decide to hit the books instead of the classmate next to them.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
97% Bull Durham (1988) "Bull Durham" is sassy, psychological and cosmic.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
55% The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994) "Naked Gun 33-1/3" is the perfect tonic for the long, arduous winter we've had. It will lift your spirits as it tickles your funnybone.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
13% Band of the Hand (1986) "Band in the Hand" is an exciting movie. ‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
22% Haunted Honeymoon (1986) This is really a a quaint, old-fashioned movie. Had the film been more tightly scripted and edited, it could have been a real romp. As it is, "Haunted Honeymoon" is more of limp.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
69% Suspect (1987) "Suspect" is a slick courtroom drama, a bit old-fashioned when it gets down to it, which it does after being launched as a grisly thriller. ‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
77% The Hotel New Hampshire (1984) Finally, the movie leaves you with a feeling of distance... It also leaves you with the smug assurance that, once again, they messed up another good book.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
42% Moon over Parador (1988) "Moon Over Parador" is filled with lots of humorous ideas. But moments of isolated jocularity add up to stand-up, or sketch comedy, not a movie.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
22% Mannequin (1987) "Mannequin" is dumb.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
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No Score Yet Little Vera (Malenkaya Vera) (1989) While Russia works on its late-20th century angst, go see "Little Vera." It offers some quirky insights into the dark night of the Russian soul - and a few rays of hope.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
82% The Natural (1984) "The Natural" has an all-star cast, superb cinematography and a story that's as old-fashioned as the movie's topic itself, baseball. The movie is pure entertainment. It's a winner which can be enjoyed by the entire family.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
98% Hairspray (1988) "Hairspray" is sweet as cotton candy and nearly as fluffy.‐ The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018