South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Rating Title/Year Author
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
The Pillow Book (1996) Rod Dreher Pillow Book may be a dull, heartless, cruel film, but for what it's worth, it looks marvelous. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2016
Under the Cherry Moon (1986) Candice Russell The music is great, the direction fast-paced, the whole film a lot of fun. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2016
Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1994) Chauncey Mabe Anyone familiar with Rudyard Kipling's stories will be forgiven for spending the first half of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book squirming with outrage and confusion. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2016
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Roger Hurlburt Good news is, Tomorrow Never Dies is highly entertaining. It will thrill novices and delight old-guard Bondphiles. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2015
GoldenEye (1995) Rod Dreher Despite a promiscuous number of explosions on screen, don't expect many genuinely big bangs out of this one. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2015
The Living Daylights (1987) Candice Russell Colorful, vibrant, exotic, The Living Daylights more than delivers an eyeful of entertainment. At a running length just over two hours, the most thrill- seeking Bond fans will get their money`s worth. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2015
3.5/4 Salaam Bombay! (1988) Candice Russell Dispossession and despair are seldom portrayed with such force on-screen. Director Mira Nair has done a masterful job of underscoring a social problem that has repercussions far beyond the Third World. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2015
3.5/4 A Dry White Season (1989) Candice Russell The tough-minded A Dry White Season is the best film yet about the struggle for justice in South Africa. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2015
Scream 2 (1997) Roger Hurlburt Old-hand Craven delivers a delectably gruesome, well-crafted horror yarn that is crisply edited, inventively photographed and devilishly cast. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2015
1.5/4 Hocus Pocus (1993) Jason Cochran They probably should have left this misfire in the broom closet -- with the other wooden vehicles. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2015
Before the Rain (1994) Roger Hurlburt The cast of international players is excellent, with Serbedzija delivering an especially fine performance as Aleksandar, a humanistic photographer. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2015
Blade (1998) Todd Anthony Filter out the gloss, the gore and the insistent techno score, and all you're left with are the gleaming pecs and bulging biceps of Wesley Snipes as Buff the Vampire Slayer. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2015
X-Men (2000) Todd Anthony In Singer's dark vision, action and special effects take a back seat to message. He uses X-Men to preach a sermon of tolerance; like most sermons, it isn't much fun to sit through. X misses the spot. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2015
Fletch Lives (1989) Candice Russell With the exception of an elaborate fantasy sequence straight out of a Disney movie and a running gag about a Cadillac without brakes, Fletch Lives should have been called Fletch Staggers. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2015
2/4 Back to the Future Part II (1989) Candice Russell A rush job from filmmakers who should have left well enough alone. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2015
3/4 The Land Before Time (1988) Candice Russell The Land Before Time works by evoking the simple virtues of this art aimed at children, as it was in the beginning when Disney animated Mickey Mouse. This film deserves a place next to the often-revived animated classics. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2015
3.5/4 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) Candice Russell Outrageously sinister, unblinkingly violent, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is everything that fans of the futurist road warrior could hope for and more. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2015
Rocky IV (1985) Candice Russell The outcome of the film is predetermined by the formulaic scripts of Rocky II and Rocky III. Stallone boxed himself into a corner with this one. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2015
Jungle Fever (1991) Candice Russell Jungle Fever is confidently acted, brilliantly written and thoroughly provocative. Lee has succeeded again. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2015
Fresh (1994) Candice Russell It's rigorous and quite depressing fare. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2015
Die Hard 2 (1990) Candice Russell Even in the action genre, there is such a thing as overkill. Die Hard 2: Die Harder pleads guilty to the charge but has enough redeeming plot twists to compensate for the excess. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2015
Orlando (1992) Candice Russell Unlike anything onscreen this month or this year, Orlando is serious, provocative and sometimes funny fare. Novelist Virginia Woolf might well be pleased. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2015