Orlando Sentinel

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/4 Ghost Story (1981) Sumner Rand "Ghost Story" is just what its title says it is, a ghost story, and a humdinger of a ghost story at that. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2021
The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) G.J. Fleming Thanks to Mitchum's finest job of acting in a long while, a strong story and polished direction, "Eddie Coyle" is a surprisingly interesting character study. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2021
4/5 To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) Jay Boyar If Friedkin occasionally goes overboard, he certainly commands an attention-getting technique and manages to tell a fascinating story. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2021
4/5 Garbo Talks (1984) Jay Boyar Expatriate New Yorkers may feel sad as the movie ends. Personally speaking, I had a little trouble readjusting to Central Florida. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2021
Blue Collar (1978) Dean Johnson It is, as they say, not a pretty movie. It's a rough one. And, in its horror, it also offers Pryor, Keitel, and Kotte the best roles each has ever been awarded. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2021
The Jigsaw Man (1984) Jay Boyar The movie is one of the worst I've seen this year. Possibly, the worst. The Jigsaw Man just goes to pieces before your eyes. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
4/5 Hangin' With the Homeboys (1991) Jay Boyar Director Vasquez treats the people in his movie sympathetically, but with an edge of irony that makes most of what happens humorous. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2021
2.5/4 The Hand (1981) Sumner Rand The film has all the Ingredients of the classical horror story a creepy score, dark interiors, rainy nights, scenes shot from peculiar angles, slow tracking of the camera. And as long as the ambiguity is maintained, the picture works. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2021
3/5 Stand and Deliver (1988) Jay Boyar The movie doesn't deliver it all might, but it takes enough of a stand to be worth a look. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2021
3/4 The Border (1982) Sumner Rand It's not a pretty picture, but dramatically, it has considerable impact... EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2021
4/5 El Norte (1983) Jay Boyar What I remember with greatest pleasure about EI Norte are those individual scenes of clarity and illumination. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2021
3/5 Romantic Comedy (1983) Jay Boyar As you watch this picture, the earth doesn't move. It doesn't even rumble. But Romantic Comedy, in its own bumbling way, scores a few laughs. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2021
3/5 Backdraft (1991) Jay Boyar [Howard's] intuitive sense of the rhythms of popular entertainment keeps the picture from bogging down. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2021
1/4 The Legacy (1979) Dean Johnson No surprises. None at all. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2021
3/5 Big Trouble in Little China (1986) Jay Boyar Big Trouble in Little China is a failure, but it's a fascinating, atypical failure. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2021
2/4 Delirious (1991) Jay Boyar Often... the script and the all-thumbs direction of Tom Mankiewicz leave Candy and the rest of the cast (Mariel Hemingway, Emma Samms, David Rasche, Raymond Burr) stranded. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2021
3/5 Doc Hollywood (1991) Jay Boyar The rare film that actually improves as it develops. What begins as an all-too-standard fish-out-of-water comedy eventually grows into something more. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2021
1/5 Another You (1991) Jay Boyar An abrasive, spectacularly mirthless comedy. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2021
Troop Beverly Hills (1989) Jay Boyar Perhaps the film's premise would have been effective for a 10-minute sketch on Saturday Night Live or The Tracey Ullman Show. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2021
3/5 Baby Boom (1987) Jay Boyar There's just something irresistible about a major star dropping his or her guard and going full-out in the service of a comic romp. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2021
3/4 Simon (1980) Sumner Rand It's all wildly wacky, and Brickman's screenplay takes aim at and neatly punctures many over-blown aspects of modem-day American life. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2021
Skin Deep (1989) Jay Boyar Considered as a whole, Skin Deep plays like a bad sequel to 10. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2021
Heroes (1977) Dean Johnson Winkler is just trying too hard. It isn't that he's a rotten actor exactly; it's more like you can tell he IS acting. That's a no-no. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2021
2/5 The Secret of My Success (1987) Jay Boyar The Secret of My Success lacks even the modest verbal wit that many Family Ties episodes contain. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2021
4/4 Hopscotch (1980) Sumner Rand A consummate actor whose talents have not been exploited by Hollywood as ably as they should have been, Matthau this time around gets to employ a whole bag of his theatrical tricks, his wry and his sly expressions, and he's great. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2021
2/5 Harry and Son (1984) Jay Boyar Some fine actors, such as Joanne Woodward and Ellen Barkin, are abused by the script. Others, notably Benson, hang themselves. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2021
4/5 Target (1985) Jay Boyar An engrossing new thriller starring Gene Hackman and Matt Dillon. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2021
3/5 The Mean Season (1985) Jay Boyar It's more effective than it deserves to be because director Phillip Borsos has a terrific technique. He twists the conventions of the thriller form to serve his vision of the story. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2021
Modern Times (1936) Elinor Ragin The monotony of this Job "gets" Charlie and he runs wild, attacking everything and everybody in view with his brandished wrenches in one of the funniest scenes ever filmed. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
Seven Samurai (1954) Jean Yothers Those who enjoy a good wild Western will find this picture to be great sport. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2021
3/5 Top Secret! (1984) Jay Boyar It's amusing enough in a Mad magazine sort of way to be worth a look. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2021
L.A. Story (1991) Jay Boyar If L.A. Story isn't thematically consistent enough to qualify as a classic, it's still consistently entertaining. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2021
3.5/5 The Challenge (1982) Sumner Rand A beautifully made, handsomely filmed and thoroughly engrossing action movie that has much more going for it than martial arts. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2021
The French Connection (1971) David Wilkening Connection tells a straight story, has some respect for its viewer's intelligence, and maintains dramatic situations that build with increasing tension from one scene to another. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2021
2/5 Flashpoint (1984) Jay Boyar Just sit tight. It'll turn up on cable soon enough. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2021
2/5 The Bedroom Window (1987) Jay Boyar A movie that makes even a mediocre thriller like The Morning After look, well, thrilling. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2021
4/5 A Shock to the System (1990) Jay Boyar Egleson and Klavan know exactly what their themes are, and they've got the guts and brains to carry them through. Besides, whenever their efforts flag, Michael Caine's exceptional performance is always a compensation. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2021
2/5 Lassiter (1984) Jay Boyar Lassiter is the first feature film to be directed by Roger Young, whose idea of moviemaking seems to be to cram a bunch of cinematic cliches together and hope for the best. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2021
The Godfather (1972) G.J. Fleming The effective mingling of innocence and corruption here raises this moving, adult film above the level of the ordinary gangland thriller. Its three hours of well-acted, well-written and fascinating drama constitute an original and intriguing film. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
4/5 Girlfight (2000) Jay Boyar You get caught up in the story of an underdog whose fight represents the triumph of an outsider. And the movie's ragged technique only makes that struggle seem that much more authentic and pure. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2021
4/5 The Ballad of Little Jo (1993) Jay Boyar Aided by cinematographer Declan Quinn, [Greenwald] finds a vivid poignancy in the Western scenery that somehow seems to express the subtle shifts in mood of our brave young heroine's heart. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2021
4/5 Clueless (1995) Jay Boyar Brains, youth and a fearless fashion sense can take you pretty far in this heartless world of ours. Clueles possesses all these priceless attributes plus a weightless sense of humor and a matchless heroine. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2021
4/5 Wayne's World (1992) Jay Boyar Party on, Wayne and Garth, and welcome to the movies. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2021
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