DVDLaser

DVDLaser is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Douglas Pratt
Rating Title/Year Author
Fantastic Planet (1973) Douglas Pratt The film's images are phantasmagorical. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2008
Easy Virtue (1927) Douglas Pratt The film's conclusion is rushed, but the movie still has much to admire as a catty drama about scandal and scorn. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2008
Allegro non Troppo (1976) Douglas Pratt Generally humorous, quite colorful, and at least somewhat thought provoking. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2008
The Tuskegee Airmen (1995) Douglas Pratt The script has a weak structure and the characters are fairly superficial, but the film is still moving as all get out. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2008
The Maltese Falcon (1941) Douglas Pratt The film is made up almost entirely of talk, and yet the performances are so wonderfully flamboyant and focused that conversations become the action of the movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2008
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985) Douglas Pratt The second act is a yawner, but the opening is exciting and the ending will please any viewer who thrives on action, special effects, and Ewoks. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2008
The Ewok Adventure (1984) Douglas Pratt The characterizations aren't strong enough to carry it, and the children who are attracted to the Ewoks-at-home sequences will probably be scared to death by the effects work. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2008
The Phantom of the Opera (1962) Douglas Pratt [A] silent classic. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2008
Opening Night (1977) Douglas Pratt The unpredictability of Rowlands' character brings one surprise after another to the narrative as the other characters scramble to accommodate or cajole her, and the surprises are often as funny as they are intensely dramatic. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2008
Hoosiers (1986) Douglas Pratt [A] compelling, enjoyable yarn. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2008
Pat and Mike (1952) Douglas Pratt The familiarity the two stars communicate goes far beyond the script. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2008
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962) Douglas Pratt In attempting to straddle dramatic realism, Richardson tried hard to avoid moralizing on the hypocrisies of adults or exaggerating the experiences of youth, but in striving for the middle ground, he also strive for mediocrity. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2008
American Flyers (1985) Douglas Pratt Scriptwriter Steve Tesich returns to bicycle racing, but he's forced to throw in a subplot about an incurable movie disease to make the thing work. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2008
The Pride of the Yankees (1942) Douglas Pratt Classic. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2008
Once Upon a Time in China III (1993) Douglas Pratt The film has a strong blend of humor, action and drama. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2008
The Bodyguard From Beijing (1994) Douglas Pratt The story is utterly predictable, but the action scenes are creative and Li exudes excitement every time the camera turns to him -- there is no wonder at all why Chung's character is willing to dump all her riches to be in his arms. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2008
The Legend of the Swordsman (Xiao ao jiang hu zhi: Dong Fang Bu Bai) (Swordsman II) (1992) Douglas Pratt For the uninitiated, much of the action might seem confusing, but for those who have a familiarity with the conventions of the genre, the film's fight scenes are a real kick, getting even wilder and wilder as the film progresses. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2008
Floating Weeds (1959) Douglas Pratt Yasujiro Ozu's film is in color, and the screen compositions are incredible. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2008
Condorman (1981) Douglas Pratt Young children will be unmoved by the film, but older children will enjoy it, as will adults looking for some mindless fun. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2008
The Last Flight of Noah's Ark (1980) Douglas Pratt It is a formula effort, mixing safe thrills and pleasantries, and is fairly harmless entertainment. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2008
The Night Porter (1974) Douglas Pratt People can read artistic significance into anything and lots of people have read gobs of it into this, but it is a silly movie with lots of perverse sex and no redeeming values, artistic or otherwise. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2008
Theatre of Blood (1973) Douglas Pratt Now we don't normally take to the idea that someone should go around murdering critics, since more than one disc producer is after our own head, but the movie is always a treat when it shows up on late night television. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2008
Risky Business (1983) Douglas Pratt It works well as a comedy but one cringes at the thought that it defined, for a while, the social expectations of a generation. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2008
The Bad Sleep Well (1960) Douglas Pratt t is almost an anti-thriller, but viewers who are willing to steep themselves in the intricacies of Japanese ceremonies and the banal details of evil will find the experience highly rewarding. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2008
Macbeth (1948) Douglas Pratt The movie is so fragmented that no real interpretation of the play ever coagulates. As with all of Welles' films, however, there are a number of memorable moments. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2008
Othello (1955) Douglas Pratt A marvelous, very un-stage-like and brisk adaptation that never compromises the spirit of its source. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2008
The Mackintosh Man (1973) Douglas Pratt For the most part the film is standard fare, with plot discrepancies countered by the film's atmosphere and star appeal. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2008
Harry and Son (1984) Douglas Pratt Produced, directed and even partially scripted by Newman, the story about a man suffering from a heart condition is hardly exciting or rewarding material. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2008
Babes Ahoy (1989) Douglas Pratt When a star becomes really successful, the public is inundated with every scrap of celluloid he ever worked on as he learned his craft, and such is the case with this Adam Sandler vehicle. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2008
And Now for Something Completely Different (1972) Douglas Pratt A collection of deliberately unlinked comedy sketches and animated filler, the film is a workable sampler of the group's humor. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2008
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997) Douglas Pratt Works a little better than the first Power Rangers movie but will not extend its appeal beyond the show's fan base. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2008
Strange Brew (1983) Douglas Pratt The film celebrates stupidity and would likely have caused an international incident if Canadians weren't so nice, but it essentially lives up to its premise, once in a while coming up with a gag that is halfway funny. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2008
Francis (1949) Douglas Pratt The film is funnier in concept than it is in demonstration, but it has endured over time and is pleasant, repeatable entertainment. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2008
The Blues Brothers (1980) Douglas Pratt A cult musical comedy film with a still-growing reputation. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2008
Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987) Douglas Pratt Intermittently entertaining and embarrassing. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2008
Riki-Oh (1991) Douglas Pratt A wild martial arts feature that combines a prison movie setting with the sort of gore effects one normally finds in a horror film. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2008
Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959) Douglas Pratt The film presents a series of utterly charming moments, some magical and some down-to-earth but, considering the setting, equally utopian. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2008
Les Vampires (1915) Douglas Pratt The elaborate production, written and directed by Louis Feuillade, is an epic modern crime thriller, the precursor to many of today's multi-million dollar action films. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2008
Les Enfants terribles (1950) Douglas Pratt One must admire the talents of Melville and Cocteau while watching the film, but the strongest emotions are arch and the biggest plot turns are silly. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2008
Topkapi (1964) Douglas Pratt It is the performances, however, that have enabled the movie to retain its vitality. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2008
Rented Lips (1988) Douglas Pratt Martin Mull stars and the scenes he appears in are often humorous, but when he is not present, the movie is as bad as they come. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2008
Elephant Boy (1937) Douglas Pratt Robert Flaherty joined forces with Zoltan Korda to produce the terrific adventure film, based upon a Rudyard Kipling tale. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2008
The List of Adrian Messenger (1963) Douglas Pratt A captivating murder mystery, and although the viewer finds out fairly early on who the killer is, the mystery of his motive and the suspense of his capture are sufficient to keep one glued to the screen. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2008
The Long Riders (1980) Douglas Pratt It is an action film, an engaging one, and covers old ground with a contemporary style which never feels out of place. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2008
Midnight Cowboy (1969) Douglas Pratt The movie is locked into a sixties stylistic approach that can feel dated, but Hoffman's performance can prevent one from ever tiring of the film. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2008
Gandhi (1982) Douglas Pratt Ben Kingsley's title performance is amazing, particularly in the way he ages across the five decades which the film depicts. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2008
Out of Africa (1985) Douglas Pratt The film runs for 161 minutes and does not have a strongly defined narrative. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2008
Brian's Song (1971) Douglas Pratt The film's emotions are obvious and blunt, but they get the job done. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2008
Machibuse (1970) Douglas Pratt Terrific plotting, marvelous music and Toshiro Mifune. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2008
Bolero (1981) Douglas Pratt The songs, written by Michel Legrand and Francis Lai, are addictive in the best French pop manner. A few of the dance sequences are spectacular. Only when the scene shifts to a subplot not involving music does the movie get bogged down. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2008