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Rating Title/Year Author
Matador (1986) Jay Boyar If Blue Velvet raised eyebrows, Matador will have some moviegoers blinking in disbelief. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
Salem's Lot (2004) Hal Boedeker In the lavish visuals, acrobatic vampires prowl ceilings and expire with ferocious flourishes... Those images should satisfy moviegoers who can't get enough visual magic at the multiplex. But great acting serves the show better in the long run. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Carrie (2002) Hal Boedeker Poor little Carrie didn't need the big buildup. She's too familiar as it is, and despite a worthy star, she's all dressed up with no new, intriguing place to go. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
It (1990) Greg Dawson It is a fun house of supernatural horror, with copious blood but little violence. It's creepy, but just too darn corny at times to be the stuff of nightmares or paranoia - unless you happen to be a child. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/4 Undertaking Betty (2002) Roger Moore The comedy is kind of forced but eccentric in a lot of the right (British) ways. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
4/4 Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004) Roger Moore John Waters' dry narration suits the surreal, comic material. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
The Little Mermaid Live! (2019) Hal Boedeker Ultimately, "The Little Mermaid Live!" didn't work as a TV show but it may have succeeded as a tribute. It could send you back to watch the movie without the intrusions of commercials and live actors. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
The Four Diamonds (1995) Hal Boedeker The Four Diamonds strives for a sensitive homage to its young hero, who died at 14 in 1972, but the deck is stacked against the movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
The Even Stevens Movie (2003) Hal Boedeker The Even Stevens Movie could make you think of Gilligan's Island -- it's not great television, but fans should be pleased. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker (1999) Hal Boedeker There is something here to offend everyone, but [Chris] Rock's outspokenness is refreshing. This outrageously entertaining program is a welcome antidote to today's absurdities. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) Jay Boyar With any luck at all, the McCallisters will just stay home next Christmas. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
2/4 Kalifornia (1993) Jay Boyar Pitt and Lewis have made an unfortunate choice for their first big-screen collaboration. In fact, the flashes of acting brilliance that they show in this messy, often-pretentious production are its only real points of interest. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Boxing Helena (1993) Jay Boyar Both the beauty and her beastly pursuer remain too blankly generic for the implications of the movie's main metaphor to come through vividly. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Immortal Beloved (1994) Jay Boyar Moments like these may lift Immortal Beloved high enough for even the most skeptical of purists to forgive it. Moments like these and, of course, all that glorious music. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Stepmom (1998) Jay Boyar Well, if unearned pathos is your cup of tea, drink up. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Practical Magic (1998) Jay Boyar Practical Magic, in other words, is anything but magical. The only spell it casts will put you right to sleep. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) Jay Boyar The plot is far from inspired. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Legend (1985) Jay Boyar You are caught up in a morality play... the deepest significance of which the makers of this PG movie are apparently betting the adolescents of America will instinctively comprehend. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Oliver & Company (1988) Jay Boyar In any case, the movie is enjoyable, if not especially memorable. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Road House (1989) Jay Boyar It's amazing how quickly an explosion, a ripped-out throat, or even four bangs in a row, can make other problems seem insignificant. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
Harlem Nights (1989) Jay Boyar If only it had played funnier. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) Jay Boyar The idea of mixing vampires and modern teens has, of course, been tried before... But it has never been done with so much sophistication - yes, sophistication. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
Hook (1991) Jay Boyar It's a lot of fun to watch - over two hours of thrills, spills, elaborate sets and special effects, all tied together by a pleasingly varied (and lighter than usual) musical score by John Williams. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
Space Jam (1996) Jay Boyar This isn't Looney Tunes, it's Sloppy Tunes. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Cruel Intentions (1999) Jay Boyar Cruel Intentions is Les Liaisons Dangereuses as performed by Teletubbies. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
Ishtar (1987) Jay Boyar Though far from a masterpiece, the movie is often hilarious in a sly, seemingly improvisational way. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
Twins (1988) Jay Boyar But what's surprising is that Twins is somewhat sweeter than might have been expected. The mechanical plot may shake and grind unpleasantly, but gentler sounds also are produced. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
A Chorus Line (1985) Jay Boyar You want to know about the dancing? It's bad. Rather, the way it has been restaged and shot for the movie is bad. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Pretty Woman (1990) Jay Boyar [T]here's nothing light about this movie's comic touch. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
1/4 The First Wives Club (1996) Jay Boyar Although the movie presents itself as a ''hear me roar'' feminist statement, its view of humanity - both male and female - is so sour and artificial that the women characters come off almost as badly as the men do. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
Death Becomes Her (1992) Jay Boyar This new horror-comedy has to be one of the most heartless mainstream pictures ever made. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
Clifford (1994) Jay Boyar Clifford never quite finds its tone. The course of the plot has an inevitability about it that is about as wearying as it is reassuring... And yet Clifford is intermittently hilarious, mainly thanks to Short's performance. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
Return to Oz (1985) Jay Boyar The basic problem with Return to Oz is its unrelieved oppressiveness, an atmosphere resulting mainly from our sense of Dorothy's constant plight. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
The Cable Guy (1996) Jay Boyar Whether Carrey's fans will like it or not, the film is easily his best crafted piece of work to date. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
Mars Attacks! (1996) Jay Boyar The cast is so large that most of the actors don't stick around very long, but each has his or her moment to shine. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Willow (1988) Jay Boyar Willow exchanges the high-tech gleam of the Star Wars universe for the low-tech look of a Tolkienesque world, but otherwise it's business as usual. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) Jay Boyar A nominal spoof of traditional swashbucklers, this crashingly unfunny comedy is mainly an excuse for Brooks to take yet another crack at his master list. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/5 Species (1995) Jay Boyar Director Roger Donaldson and screenwriter Dennis Feldman show an unexpected flair for the exploitation form. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2018
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (2018) Matthew J. Palm Buoyed by that striking production with its industrial, modern urban vibe and a star-making performance by Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas, "Jesus Christ Superstar" provided plenty of thrills for musical-theater fans. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2018
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) Hal Boedeker The documentary Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind offers a loving but clear-eyed look at a singular talent. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2018
3/5 Deep Impact (1998) Jay Boyar Deep Impact isn't especially deep, and the extent of its impact seems limited. But it does turn out to be a fairly involving movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2018
Recount (2008) Hal Boedeker The cable channel has taken a difficult, divisive topic and turned it into a clear, fast-moving thriller with comical overtones. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2018
Beetlejuice (1988) Jay Boyar Betelgeuse doesn't fully emerge until the film is half over, but Michael Keaton makes a strong enough impression in the role to explain why the picture is named after his character. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2018
The Child in Time (2017) Hal Boedeker Macdonald gives a lovely performance, the scenery is gorgeous, and the finale supplies an unforgettable twist. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2018
Beaches (1988) Jay Boyar Anything for a laugh, anything for a tear, and nothing much authentic. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2018
1/5 Nothing but Trouble (1991) Jay Boyar For the most part, however, the humor depends upon the audience's finding the movie's repulsiveness funny. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2018
Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy (2017) Hal Boedeker Classy, insightful and extremely moving. Be prepared to shed a few tears because her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, speak so frankly and lovingly. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2017
The Mod Squad (1999) Jay Boyar The Mod Squad is one of the flimsiest excuses for a movie I've seen in ages. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2017
Pelle the Conqueror (1987) Jay Boyar Written and directed by Bille August, Pelle the Conqueror is peopled with the sort of vivid minor characters that lodge in your consciousness. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2017
1/5 The 'Burbs (1989) Jay Boyar This movie was directed by Joe Dante, whose style has become increasingly broad and abrasive since he made the clever Gremlins back in 1984. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2017