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DVDLaser

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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
5/5
The Haunting (1963)
few filmmakers have drawn fright from nothingness as adeptly as Robert Wise did
Posted Nov 6, 2004
2
4/5
The middle section is spellbinding
Posted Nov 6, 2004
3
3/5
Retribution (1998)
A better-than-average horror film
Posted Nov 6, 2004
4
3/5
a relaxed and fairly satisfying coming-of-age story
Posted Nov 6, 2004
5
3/5
attempts to repeat the success of the first film
Posted Nov 6, 2004
6
5/5
GoodFellas (1990)
It was so well made that it still works today.
Posted Nov 6, 2004
7
4/5
its story logic is solid, its science is satisfying and its thrills are nerve-wracking
Posted Nov 6, 2004
8
4/5
It was so well made that it still works today.
Posted Nov 6, 2004
9
4/5
Often pushing against Production Code limits, it is a fine execution of the novel
Posted Nov 6, 2004
10
3/5
a good mix of mystery, fantasy, and adventure
Posted Nov 6, 2004
11
1/5
The satire is too awfully confused about the differences between sex and love to be making profound or ironic statements about the nature of romance.
Posted Nov 6, 2004
12
3/5
the situation is so silly the film remains compellingly charming
Posted Nov 6, 2004
13
3/5
Stylistically the film is brilliant, making repeat viewings highly appealing.
Posted Nov 6, 2004
14
3/5
the actual drama isn’t bad
Posted Nov 6, 2004
15
4/5
Fans who love nothing better than to get lost in the intricate plans of a complex robbery will be in heaven.
Posted Nov 6, 2004
16
2/5
Drop Squad (1994)
a jumble of promising ideas that failed to gel
Posted Nov 6, 2004
17
3/5
At its best, it is very creepy
Posted Nov 6, 2004
18
1/5
its humors are unorganized and it can easily seem desperate and dumb
Posted Nov 6, 2004
19
4/5
The film’s basic premise is just too compelling to resist.
Posted Nov 6, 2004
20
3/5
Viva Zapata! (1952)
Elia Kazan's only stab at an action picture
Posted Nov 6, 2004
21
4/5
Dreamscape (1984)
A perfect piece of escapist entertainment
Posted Nov 6, 2004
22
2/5
Purple Rain (1984)
Those who are looking for a two-hour music video with a coherent story will not be disappointed.
Posted Nov 6, 2004
23
3/5
War Requiem (1990)
The rhythm of the images attunes the viewer to the music's components.
Posted Nov 6, 2004
24
3/5
A fairly good martial arts tale
Posted Nov 6, 2004
25
2/5
As fascinating and exciting as the images are, however, the drama is ridiculous as all get out.
Posted Nov 6, 2004
26
5/5
Orson Welles' heavily chopped up drama, it is still a nostalgic, dramatically powerful tale and should ultimately be savored for what it is rather than rejected for what it is not.
Posted Oct 14, 2004
27
2/5
he narrative on the 76 minute film is essentially three 20-odd minute television-style segments, each with a different setting and art direction. The link that holds them together is strong enough that the film is effective on a basic, children's entertai
Posted Oct 14, 2004
28
4/5
Set on a desert landscape a while after a nuclear holocaust, the film is about a young man, played by Don Johnson, who has a telepathic bond with a dog, the latter basically being the smarter of the two. He helps the dog find food and the dog helps him sn
Posted Oct 14, 2004
29
3/5
Unlike the standard Fisher King tale, the concerns of individuals within the film are more important than the concerns of society. Terry Gilliam's myth feels more like a lark, a safe little foray into a mythic world of impoverished individuals who don't
Posted Oct 14, 2004
30
1/5
From a dramatic standpoint, there is not even the level of emotional depth achieved by the second Beethoven film, but as basic and unimaginative as the slapstick often is, it delivers to its target audience.
Posted Oct 14, 2004
31
2/5
George Burns stars in both title roles, primarily the second one. As Satan, he tempts a young musician with stardom and luxury. Burns's timing is often impeccable and he can make silly lines such as his hotel room exit, "If you want anything I'm in 666,"
Posted Oct 14, 2004
32
2/5
Die Hard in a nuke factory with a robot for a bad guy. A group of apparent terrorists, led by an indestructible android, take over a weapons complex, while a man, a woman and her child, running loose, eventually thwart their efforts. The acting is errat
Posted Oct 14, 2004
33
0/5
It is for desperate fans only and is pretty bad even by the loose standards of the genre. It concerns a little boy learning about bravery by dreaming about Godzilla and Godzilla's baby. Godzilla's baby also talks to the boy, who then foils the plans of tw
Posted Oct 14, 2004
34
2/5
A cheap horror effort, it has pathetic acting, a jumbled up story and limpid pacing, yet there are several nice murders and somehow, for all its shortcomings, the film seems to capture the spirit of the day it honors. It is basically about a guy with a bi
Posted Oct 14, 2004
35
3/5
It is an engaging, old-fashioned movie, using the right blend of thoughtful artistry and matinee thrills, with a touch of eroticism to spice things up.
Posted Oct 14, 2004
36
4/5
Second Best (1994)
William Hurt portrays an unmarried Welsh postmaster who decides to adopt a child after his own parents pass away. Both he and the boy he is assigned have psychological scars, and the gradual revelation of these inner pains is what fuels the plot, but the
Posted Oct 14, 2004
37
1/5
Murphy's Law (1986)
It takes seven minutes for the credits to finish appearing during the opening and once they are over, so is the suspense.
Posted Oct 14, 2004
38
5/5
Most of the story has nothing to do with crime, and is instead about the efforts of Crawford’s character to better herself (she starts a popular restaurant) so she can remain in the good graces of her relentlessly snobbish daughter. It is a clever b
Posted Oct 14, 2004
39
2/5
Although there is plenty of outdoor location work, the film feels like the stageplay adaptation that it is. A dramatic satire, there are two plot strands. In one, a pair of elderly ladies plan the murder of another elderly woman they are caring for, just
Posted Oct 14, 2004
40
3/5
The drama is shallow and superficial, but there is a coherent, forward-moving plot, enjoyable characters, numerous, elaborately staged action scenes and wall-to-wall sound. What's not to like? The film never slows down, leaping from one set of perils to
Posted Oct 14, 2004
41
2/5
The film is a redundancy and only those who have played Brian De Palma's other movies so much they've memorized the dialogue are going to be interested. Al Pacino portrays a reformed gangster trying to break away from his earlier lifestyle. Needless to sa
Posted Oct 14, 2004
42
3/5
The anthology film's clever structure allows even the weakest of the sketches to be effective, because there is less of a need to balance the impact of each story.
Posted Oct 14, 2004
43
2/5
While the movie is set in L.A., the rules of justice appear exaggerated to the point where the film seems to be taking place in a different country, but it doesn't really matter. It would be great fun just to put up your feet and watch director Peter Hyam
Posted Oct 14, 2004
44
3/5
Touch (1997)
Pleasantly entertaining and intelligent, it does not create enough of a spiritual mystery to move the heart, but watching the characters droolingly circle one another has its own, more earthly rewards.
Posted Oct 14, 2004
45
4/5
Henry Fonda had a number of classic film roles, but it is incredibly exciting to see the raw sensitivity and confidence he delivers in Long Night , which ranks among the very best of his performances, all the more so because of its relative obscurity.
Posted Oct 14, 2004
46
3/5
Poltergeist (1982)
Repeat viewings are best spread out over time and the film's internal logic doesn't entirely hold up, but if you just accept the action for the rollercoaster ride it is, it can be fairly satisfying
Posted Oct 14, 2004
47
3/5
The premise may be silly, but the film is executed with a straight face and a serious air, and it is generally an entertaining effort.
Posted Oct 14, 2004
48
4/5
The film is loaded with marvelous slapstick sequences and quirky character humor. While some viewers may find it too eccentric or too ready to make fun of blue collar America, most will find its comic surprises and unpredictable narrative to be most fulfi
Posted Oct 14, 2004
49
3/5
A formula thriller with a skydiving theme, there is not a single plot turn that can hold up under close examination, but if you let the movie breeze by, untethered by common sense or logic, it can be an enjoyable experience.
Posted Oct 14, 2004
50
4/5
Filmed in Fuller's cigar-in-your-face style, it is a sober but deeply satirical depiction of a modern asylum, in which the patients are clearly intended to remind one of various American political and social philosophies.
Posted Oct 14, 2004