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Rating Title/Year Author
Shoah (1985) Mark Schwed If one can stomach 9 hours of hell, Shoah is a masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Perry Mason Returns (1985) Joan Hanauer Not only has America proved it loves its "PM" TVs, but the show also provides a new kind of TV format--the recurring movie that is not a one-shot venture and not a full-fledged series. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Unspeakable Acts (1990) Joan Hanauer The result is strong, compassionate and caring drama about little children subjected to shocking evil. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
() Joan Hanauer As an actress, however, Robin Givens is no knockout. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
() Joan Hanauer The Dain Curse is a first-class production. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
A Star Is Born (1976) David Dugas A Star Is Born presents Streisand in an appealing and sympathetic role, and Kristofferson provides the perfect balance. In his toughest dramatic assignment to date, he is exceptionally good. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
City of God (2002) Carmen Gentile It's point-blank perspective on murder and growing up amidst the violence will leave U.S. moviegoers feeling a macabre sense of satisfaction, immediately followed by horror, as they witnesses the vicious cycle of violence repeats itself anew. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2018
The Cotton Club (1984) Frederick M. Winship The music and dancing isn't enough of a substitute to make this a satisfying film and it may seem more distended than it really is. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2018
Things Change (1988) Cathy Burke Things Change is like the careful telling of a sly and spirited joke. Everything builds slowly, and the telling is as important as the punch line. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2017
Working Girl (1988) Cathy Burke Melanie Griffith and Sigourney Weaver steal the show with their good guy-bad guy roles. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2017
The January Man (1988) Cathy Burke The film sets out to be large, dramatic and powerful -- as well as endearing -- and misses on every point. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2017
Dragnet (1987) Cathy Burke The update carries only a surface resemblance to its television ancestor; the rest is more reminiscent of the comic-book world of Batman, Robin and Superman. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2017
Good Morning Babylon (1987) Cathy Burke It will take most Americans more than just a little effort to believe the Hollywood of this movie is the same place that eventually produced Rambo II. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2017
Off Limits (1988) Cathy Burke It's a film about ordinary people put in unordinary circumstances pressed to extraordinary levels, and the film itself becomes extraordinary by the effort. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2017
The Accidental Tourist (1988) Cathy Burke The strength of the film is that of the novel: an intoxicating brew of irresistable characters. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) Cathy Burke Subtitled The Quest for Peace, this Superman sequel should have been called the The Quest for a Plot. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
Frantic (1988) Cathy Burke It's a film about ordinary people put in unordinary circumstances pressed to extraordinary levels, and the film itself becomes extraordinary by the effort. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
Rent-A-Cop (1988) Cathy Burke Rent-a-Cop barely packs five bucks worth of action, suspense and romance. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
She's Having a Baby (1988) Cathy Burke [Hughes] proves he also can handle life on the other side of graduation. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
The Princess Bride (1987) Cathy Burke The Princess Bride is a worthy descendant to the Fractured Fairytales of yore. The characters -- both real and imaginary -- give every frame of The Princess Bride its own magic mirth. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
Like Father, Like Son (1987) Cathy Burke Like Father, Like Son manages to have a heart along with a sense of humor. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
Funny Farm (1988) Cathy Burke Chevy Chase does the best comedic acting of his movie career in this off-beat satire of exquisite rural living. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
Bull Durham (1988) Cathy Burke Writer-director Ron Shelton tells a wonderful story of how a veteran ballplayer and up-and-comer collide in the world of the minor leagues, and how they are loved by a baseball groupie who's also a philosopher and poet. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
A Fish Called Wanda (1988) Cathy Burke The antics alone are fun to watch, but the dialogue is priceless, and there's never been such a hilarious blend of American and British humor. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) Cathy Burke Martin Scorsese's most provocative film also turns out to be uncomfortably slow-paced and sluggish. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
Cocktail (1988) Cathy Burke Cocktail is so steeped in corn, the drama seems comedic and the comedy is about as funny as a hangover. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
Miles From Home (1988) Cathy Burke When the movie shows the brothers picking their dangerous path as much from selfishness and arrogance as from desparation, the film has a gritty, believable realism. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
RoboCop (1987) Cathy Burke While there's enough blood and guts to satisfy the most avid cop-film fan, this version is played for as many laughs as gasps. Robocop has the same slapstick look at violence that made Mad Max so quirky and appealing. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
For Keeps (1988) Cathy Burke A dreary television-movie-of-the-week drama, far beneath the considerable talents of the mostly gifted cast. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
Switching Channels (1988) Cathy Burke Reynolds and Turner turn in nice work as the hard-boiled couple who love to hate one another... Reeve is the surprise in this movie, turning his character into a wonderful caricature of a 1988 self-absorbed yuppie businessman. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
Coming to America (1988) Cathy Burke Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy and directed by John Landis, takes a lame idea and some very talented comedic actors and manages to avoid a complete disaster. But just barely. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
Dead Ringers (1988) Cathy Burke Dead Ringers may be a beautifully structured and well-acted movie, but it certainly's isn't an easy film to watch. Still, if you like horror movies, this one will keep you on the edge of your seat, albeit squirming every minute. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
Alien Nation (1988) Cathy Burke There are the requisite chase seens, the ingenious murder weapons, the evil propogators of greed andhate. And somehow they don't bury you. In the end, it's the wit and heart of Alien Nation that win you over. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
Stealing Home (1988) Cathy Burke Stealing Home packs a lot of emotional wallops, but more often than not, the punches miss the mark. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
Colors (1988) Cathy Burke Sean Penn and Robert Duvall play a mismatched team of cops on a special anti-gang task force on the Los Angeles Police Department. Their characters' growth makes this movie much more than a sensational look at street gangs, which it most certainly is. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
Rain Man (1988) Cathy Burke The story may be too black for many looking for a light comedy, or entertainment-escape. But it's a film that's haunting in the way it unravels the love at the core of two brothers who discover each other. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
High Spirits (1988) Cathy Burke It is a cast perfectly blended to this story of human foibles and eternal love. And best of all, each actor, whether their part is large or small, seems to genuinely enjoy the high-jinks they are helping create. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
Scrooged (1988) Cathy Burke It would be hard to improve upon the classic, after all, and Scrooged not only sticks to the Dickens plot, but makes it believable as a modern fable. But the more difficult part of Scrooged is its modernization, the colorization of Dickens, if you will. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
Beaches (1988) Cathy Burke Midler's singing is the only pleasant part of the film. The rest of it you've seen and heard before -- and better. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2016
Lady in White (1988) Cathy Burke Lady in White, written and directed by Frank LaLoggia, manages to combine the eery and ordinary in a fanciful and melancholy ghost tale. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2016
The Living Daylights (1987) Cathy Burke Dalton's Bond brings the British spy much closer to the head and heart of a real character. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2016
Roxanne (1987) Cathy Burke Roxanne has a way of making you feel good even though you know it may be the corniest movie you've seen. Filled with romance, from its plot to the scenery, Roxanne makes no apologies for its sweet fervor. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2016
La Bamba (1987) Cathy Burke This is a movie about music and it is the Valens sound, a unique blending of Latin rhythm and rock beat, that prevents La Bamba from being just another example of Hollywood hero worship. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2016
School Daze (1988) Cathy Burke Everything about School Daze is frantic, and the energy is addictive. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2016
The Witches of Eastwick (1987) Cathy Burke This quirky tale of power, love and loneliness can't help but entertain with its lush photography (by Vimos Zsigmond) and heavenly cast. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2016
The Believers (1987) Cathy Burke At heart, The Believers is a remake of Rosemary's Baby with none of the wit and twice as much gore. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2016
The Untouchables (1987) Cathy Burke Taut screenwriting (David Mamet) and a superb cast -- including a prize-winning performance by Sean Connery as the veteran Chicago cop -- help make 'The Untouchables' a classic. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2016
Summer Heat (1987) Cathy Burke Primarily, this moody film is a series of snapshots of a rural tobacco farming community in North Carolina that just begs for some cool rationale. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2016
Ishtar (1987) Cathy Burke This big, overblown comedy starring Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty is thoroughly likable despite all the hype. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2016
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) Cathy Burke Wonderfully fast and action-packed. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2016