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Rating Title/Year Author
The Cutting Edge (1992) Candice Russell With interesting camera angles that show the speed and confusion of performance, the film makes a refreshing point about the merit of victory. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) Roger Hurlburt Home Alone 2: Alone in New York is a rollicking return to the pesky juvenile high jinks, broad slapstick antics and tender sentimentality that made the first film a phenomenon -- and it does it all even better. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
Fall From Grace (1990) Tom Jicha Fall From Grace is a fascinating saga, like standing on a hilltop and watching an accident happen that you know is inevitable. There's little to be gained from the experience, but it's irresistible to watch. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
Immortal Beloved (1994) Roger Hurlburt Immortal Beloved is pure historical hokum. Nevertheless, it is an absorbing motion picture and a heady blend of stellar performances, spectacular backdrops and crafty screenwriting. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Street Fighter (1994) Candice Russell Street Fighter overdoses quickly. Though 95 minutes long, it feels tired after one hour. And this is true despite second and third tiers of characters who have their own agendas. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) Candice Russell Director Tom Shadyac's film belongs to Carrey. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective proves he is more than a TV sketch artist. Carrey's a comic find. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Die Hard With a Vengeance (1995) Roger Hurlburt Using the tried-and-true recipe, Die Hard With a Vengeance is a grand slice of bang-up action -- purely Hollywood-style. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Stepmom (1998) Todd Anthony Were it not for the stellar acting of Sarandon (the most infectious weeper this side of Brenda Blethyn) and Julia Roberts (irresistible as ever) the whole predictable enterprise would be too mawkish for words. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Billy Madison (1995) Roger Hurlburt A more moronic vehicle is hard to imagine. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
Bad Boys (1995) Roger Hurlburt Perhaps in a misguided effort to capitalize on the stars' comedic talents, the producers diluted the hardball violence of Bad Boys with extraneous shtick and too much banal banter. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) Roger Hurlburt The film is great entertainment. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Legend (1985) Roger Hurlburt It's all flash and no flesh. But in the hands of a visual director like Scott, sometimes that's enough. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Oliver & Company (1988) Roger Hurlburt A film packed with superb animation, songs and a nifty story line. And it's all set to a cadence of love, laced with some danger. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Road House (1989) Candice Russell Can Swayze sustain a lead role? Yes. Can he sustain Road House? No. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
Teen Wolf (1985) Roger Hurlburt The movie plods towards a predictable ending and misses all sorts of chances to be funny. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
I Come in Peace (1990) Roger Hurlburt With the mob on one side and the dueling aliens on the other, I Come in Peace is one of the most resourceful, crafty and original sci-fi thrillers to hit the screen in some time. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
Death Becomes Her (1992) Candice Russell Every scene that Streep and Hawn play together has a bold spark indicative of the symbiosis between females with the same goals and ambitions. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
Harlem Nights (1989) Candice Russell Scoring high marks alternatively for repellent dialogue, staging and characterizations as well as deadly boredom, Harlem Nights may well be the worst major movie of 1989. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
Bloodsport (1988) Roger Hurlburt Bloodsport is a film that will appeal to a specialized audience to be sure. Laced with humor and an often light and flippantly written script, Bloodsport is a sleeper with a real wake-up punch. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) Roger Hurlburt Despite a promising set up, replete with oodles of Valley-girl lingo and cliquish quips, Buffy the Vampire Slayer becomes a comedy of missed opportunities and banal action. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
Hook (1991) Roger Hurlburt Spielberg's Hook is an absolute delight. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
Space Jam (1996) Rod Dreher Space Jam is not a movie. It's a feature-length infomercial for Michael Jordan Inc. and a host of related corporations that made their product-placement arrangements early. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Cruel Intentions (1999) Todd Anthony Gellar, Phillippe and Witherspoon are fine as long as the material plays to their strengths, which appear to be sexy clowning and rapid-fire quipping in the fashionable vulgar vernacular. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
Mannequin (1987) Roger Hurlburt Photography is cloudy, the sound weak and often garbled. Performances are broad and antics throughout reveal a penchant for slapstick. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
Ishtar (1987) Roger Hurlburt Ishtar is cute, reasonably pleasant entertainment, but no motion picture oasis for Hoffman, Beatty or their fans. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
Young Guns (1988) Candice Russell Young Guns is an unexpectedly entertaining film. It puts new twists into the familiar terrain of the western. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
Twins (1988) Roger Hurlburt In all, Twins is kind of fun, although it's strangely brutal at times. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
A Chorus Line (1985) Candice Russell A Chorus Line is a noble, at times highly entertaining attempt to bring a hopelessly stagebound show to film. Considering the limitations of the medium, it's almost as good as it could be. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Baby Boom (1987) Candice Russell The instantly likeable comedy, Baby Boom, stars Diane Keaton in her most winning performance since Annie Hall and a baby so adorable that even that curmudgeon W.C. Fields would be smitten. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
Deep Blue Sea (1999) Todd Anthony It's the first summer blockbuster of 1999 that delivers more than its promotional trailer promises. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
0/4 Clifford (1994) Roger Hurlburt Worthless from start to finish, Clifford is a supreme disaster -- a film that neither Short, Grodin nor Steenburgen will be adding to their resumes. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
Event Horizon (1997) Roger Hurlburt There is little to recommend in this nonsensical, repulsively gory outer-space yarn other than moody interiors and a few adequate special effects. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Moll Flanders (1996) Jane Horwitz The plot hinges on rather too much coincidence, and some lines of the British-accented dialogue garble on the soundtrack, but the film offers charming performances and a vivid sense of time, place and human dignity. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
The Cable Guy (1996) Jane Horwitz That said, Carrey's wild-eyed performance as a lonely and disturbed cable TV installer occasionally verges on brilliance. But it's not acting, it's just inspired mugging. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
The Last Dragon (1985) Jack Zink There aren't many surprises, but the momentum never lets up. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
Species (1995) Roger Hurlburt As a straight fright film, Species would be wildly laughable for all the wrong reasons. But for moviegoers able to shelve credibility and go with the gory flow, it is a nifty parody of 1950s science-fiction fare. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) Candice Russell Outrageous and giddy, the main characters in this movie make The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert a summer entertainment that won't soon be forgotten. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Downhill Racer (1969) Bill Kelley The movie avoids the cheerleading approach of today`s sports sagas (Rocky, etc.), but it has a fascinating ending, and is very satisfying. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2018
Nothing but Trouble (1991) Candice Russell A perfectly dreadful film. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2018
The Mod Squad (1999) Todd Anthony If only the filmmakers had paid as much attention to plot as they did to the soundtrack, The Mod Squad might have had a reason for existence (other than raking in profits from gullible opening-weekend audiences). EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2017
The 'Burbs (1989) Roger Hurlburt Tom Hanks should forfeit his Academy Award nomination for Big, now that preview audiences have gotten a look at The `Burbs. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2017
Once Were Warriors (1994) Roger Hurlburt Once Were Warriors is a savage and dismaying tale of a venerable culture in decay and a film difficult to recommend. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2017
Antonia's Line (1995) Rod Dreher The movie is so pastorally lovely to look at, its characters so likable and its lulling rhythms so soothing that it's easy to forget that it's a lot of pleasant, plotless hooey. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2016
1/4 Everybody's All-American (1988) Candice Russell Movies don`t come more superficial than Everybody`s All-American. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2016
3.5/4 Sid & Nancy (1986) Candice Russell Sid and Nancy is a brilliantly acted surprise from newcomers Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2016
Boyz N the Hood (1991) Bill von Maurer Emotionally, this film will leave you grim-faced and shaken. It hits hard where so many films aim and miss -- at the heart. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2016
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) Roger Hurlburt In Bill & Ted`s Bogus Journey, the laugh is on moviegoers. Teens may call it triumphant, but most folks will find the insipid film a totally non-non-non- non-heinous (i.e. egregiously bad) trip to nowhere... and beyond. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2016
Total Recall (1990) Bill Kelley Total Recall went through four directors before Verhoeven finally took it on, and four writers worked on the script. It's no wonder the finished film emerges without a unifying style, or a single performance worth mentioning. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2016
Spice World (1997) Sean Piccoli Spiers makes what was conceived by the Fullers as an album plug play as an actual movie. Though it will doubtless pain many a critic to say so, Spice World is a kick. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2016
2.5/4 Pure Country (1992) Elizabeth Lynch This is an enjoyable movie for fans of country music, for whom the rich soundtrack should be a delight. And if they happen to have a crush on George Strait, so much the better. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2016