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Rating Title/Year Author
The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) Trixie Vincent A startling and sensational film of human suffering and degradation. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
5/5 The Joy Luck Club (1993) Jay Boyar Piece by piece, scene by scene, the story of The Joy Luck Club is set before us onscreen. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
All the Way (2016) Hal Boedeker Jay Roach, who directed Cranston in Trumbo, never lets the fast-moving All the Way seem like a play put on film. He draws uniformly fine performances and showcases his hard-working star. The results: Cranston wins again. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
Tequila Sunrise (1988) Jay Boyar The best parts of Tequila Sunrise are so very good that you wish they could be in a more sustained movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) Brian Hoffman If I listened closely, I could hear faint snores. (The more I think about it, they might have been my own.) EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2020
The Boy Who Could Fly (1986) Jay Boyar Though the film is both sappy and cliched, it's not as sappy or cliched as might be expected. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2020
Rosewood (1997) Jay Boyar Singleton's boldness is invigorating _ and merciless. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012) Hal Boedeker The movie builds a persuasive case for the trailblazing Gellhorn, who worked while Hemingway played. She didn't see herself as a footnote in his life, and this enjoyable movie makes sure she isn't. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2020
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993) Jay Boyar Considering how terribly resistible (to me, at least) last year's Sister Act was, the sequel seems like a movie miracle. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2020
James Dean (2001) Hal Boedeker The movie itself is rarely adventurous, but it could prompt viewers to watch the actual Dean performances again. Credit for that would go mainly to Franco, who excels at playing this odd, conflicted figure. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2020
The Rat Pack (1998) Hal Boedeker It's a diffused, pointless, tabloid drama rendered, for the most part, in stilted, waxworks fashion. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2020
The Goonies (1985) Jay Boyar You're reminded of what it was like, as a child, to trust in wishing wells and, without thinking very much about it, switch from walking along to skipping. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2020
The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) Jay Boyar [Jeremy Kagan] keeps the pacing brisk, and if he doesn't make as emotional a picture as someone else might have, The Journey of Natty Gann has a quiet dignity. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2020
Star Trek Generations (1994) Jay Boyar It's well-plotted, cleanly staged and, on the whole, not badly acted. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
La Bamba (1987) Jay Boyar La Bamba has a lot going for it besides its compelling teen myth. As might have been predicted, the music is terrific. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989) Jay Boyar The plot meanders and chases its own tail without ever establishing coherent characters. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
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