4 Little Girls (1997)
"Immensely gripping in its outrage and poignancy. Nobody knows how to bring the disdain of racial to the forefront like the skilled Spike Lee"
Bang The Drum Slowly (1973)
"Finally, a baseball melodrama with a full count of emotional impact. Hancock's narrative delivers the right pitch of intensity"
Rocky Marciano (1999)
"Rocky Marciano was a knockout of a fighter to say the least. It's too bad Winkler's movie about him carries no particular punch"
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
"Edwards's highly-spirited romantic story that's lyrical and moody. Hepburn is the epitome of grace and gorgeousness."
Changing Habits (1997)
"Too silly-minded and broad to digest. Lloyd is wasted in this nonsensical narrative by Roth's undisciplined spotty script"
"Ron Howard's pithy and poignant look at domestic disillusionment...a pure joy to behold!"
Paths of Glory (1957)
"Kubrick's crisp and soulful look at military mayhem. Haunting in its havoc and conviction"
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
Major Payne (1994)
"A relentlessly misguided military mishap starring Wayans as a uniformed motormouth with an edgy attitude. Maybe Wayans schtick is a major pain to endure after all?"
"Stone's penetrating look at the unsettling dynamics of war. Uniquely absorbing and mind-numbing in forethought."
"Another concocted harried-heroine-strikes-back psychological thriller that comes spilling off the conveyor belt of conventional creativity. The only one who'll be Deceived is the giddy audience"
Serial Mom (1994)
"A delightfully shrewd and slaphappy satire that paints a demented portrait of a seemingly ideal suburbia. Waters and his frothy farce are both splendidly twisted"
"The "Groove" is on the move in Sullivan's ethnically snappy and exotic May-December romancer. Bassett and Diggs make for a sizzling couple"
Dead Bang (1989)
"An excitable but mawkish misfire by action-oriented filmmaker Frankenheimer. A vehicle designed to capitalize on Johnson's roguish appeal simply results in a dead bang."
"Howard's burning ode to firefighters and the professional and personal lives they hope to conquer with devotion and defiance. A drama that convincingly spreads itself like a roaring blaze."
"A tiresome Sandler-Wayans buddy-buddy crime actioner that needs its staid material to be desperately riddled with bullets."
"A nostalgic sleepy and literate period piece spy drama that periodically captures your attention when least expected. Not as stimulating as one could imagine but nevertheless credible"
Chain Reaction (1996)
"A generic and illogical transparent thriller that never generates any chemistry between this mundane movies leads Reeves and Freeman. The only chain reaction one will receive is blatant boredom"
Citizen Ruth (1996)
"Payne's biting social satire about the abortion issue is shrewd and raucously entertaining. A smart and subversive comedy"
"Attenborough's profound epic spotlighting one of the 20th century's most prolific spiritual men of peace. Kingsley's portrayal of Gandhi is impeccable and inspirational to boot"
High School High (1996)
"The normally riotous Lovitz flunks the test in this farcical school daze. There's nothing remotely academic about Bochner's High School High"
Places in the Heart (1984)
"Benton's personal drama is soulful and utterly absorbing. And yes, we really like Sally Field in this defiant role"
Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)
"Metter's "Girls" may just want to have fun but for the rest of us this concept is just wishful thinking."
"Woeful and meandering...Reiner's direction is uncharacteristically choppy and uneventful"
"Cowabunga!! Try making turtle soup out of these butt-kicking raucous reptiles. It's pure giddy excitement!"
"A monotonous and misguided sexual thriller that certainly doesn't cater to the typical Friedkin vibes. And Caruso left his top-rated critically-acclaimed ABC-TV cop show for this?"
Joe's Apartment (1996)
"A MTV-style creepy coachroach comedy that tries to be too cute for its own good. My kingdom for a can of Raid!"
Vice Versa (1988)
"Gimmicky and whimsical father-son out-of-body switcheroo farce that's too flaccid and flaky to take in one sitting"
Before and After (1996)
"A strained but nevertheless involving little personal drama about a delinquent's alleged murderous deed. Schroeder's suspense piece is arbitrary but satisfying thanks to the reliable leads."
Jungle Fever (1991)
"Spike Lee's blunt and flippant look at forbidden interracial romance set against an urban backdrop of ethnic cynicism. Nobody knows how to examine the hostility of race relations in the movies so effectively such as the brash Lee. Jungle Fever is confront"
Bird on a Wire (1990)
"Another forgettable and clueless cut-up cop caper with Murphy in the middle of the misguided mayhem. Instantly generic and mindless to boot"
Wyatt Earp (1994)
"Well-meaning western yarn starring Costner in the title role but it's too slow-moving and uneven to digest as anything riveting regarding the Wild West. Kasdan's Wyatt Earp definitely ends up shoots blanks"
Other People's Money (1991)
"Surprisingly, the trademark roguish antics of diminutive devil DeVito is kept at a subdued level thanks to the lifeless corporate spunk in Jewison's mediocre material. It's not really all that fun spending a dime on Other People's Money"
"Getting nervous feet is a good thing in Nick Castle's energizing Tap. It's a pleasure to see a legendary showstopper like Sammy Davis Jr. chew up the scenery with his awestruck protege Gregory Hines."
Best Seller (1987)
"This Best Seller is a fabulous read...slick, taut, and involving. Woods and Dennehy make for an unconventional crime-chasing pair."
Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)
"Here's one fictitious Ernest sequel that fits my sentiments exactly: "Ernest Gets on my Last Nerve". "Nuff said..."
Men at Work (1990)
"Banal brotherly project concocted up by real life siblings Sheen and Estevez. An uneven and unfunny ruse under the dour direction of Estevez"
"Another faceless Reynolds crime caper that handcuffs the audience's appreciation for real arresting comedy. As defective as a broken police siren"
To Catch a Thief (1955)
"Prototypical Hitchcockian tale of stylish intrigue and intensity highlighted by the dashing dimension of the Grant/Kelly collaboration. A classic cat-and-mouse romance caper that impeccably flourishes"
Cooley High (1975)
"A crafty and cunning black teen comedy that exudes a slick urban giddiness...an ethnically irreverent big screen answer to television's Happy Days"
Home Alone 3 (1997)
"The third time is definitely not a charm for this recycled ruse of cartoonish high jinks involving another rambunctious rascal up to no good. Pointless and ponderous."
To Be or Not to Be (1983)
"Brooks and his comedic cohorts bring their brand of high-strung mockery to Alan Johnson's flavorable farce...relentlessly riotous!"
I Love Trouble (1994)
"A disjointed and tedious action-packed romancer featuring the miscast leads of Nolte and Roberts who toil along in this dull and draining ditty"
Major League (1989)
"Ward hits a decent line drive with the wacky Major League...an inspired goofy time at the ballpark"
Top Secret! (1984)
"Another piece of loony bin entertainment from the Abrahams-Zucker chuckle factory...inspired in its wickedly silly-minded skin"
American Pimp (2000)
"The Hughes Brothers stylized and provocative expose' about street hustling flesh merchants...comical, disturbing and revealing."
Over the Top (1987)
"Stallone, for whatever inexplicable reason, continues to pile on the dramatic dribble in yet another pointless movie mishap"
Mississippi Masala (1991)
"Washington and Choudhury definitely make for an attractive ethnic couple in Nair's cross-cultural love story. However, this staid romancer doesn't escape the distinction of its conventional makeup."
"...uniquely haunting and hilarious...Davis and Crawford energize this off-kilter psychological drama with calculating, campy performances"