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Rating Title/Year Author
4/4 The Joy Luck Club (1993) Marshall Fine The ensemble cast is perfect... All of the women playing the daughters Rosalind Chao, Lauren Tom, Tamlyn Tomita and Ming-Na Wen are equally strong, though Wen and Tomita are particularly affecting. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
Howard the Duck (1986) William Wolf If it's for children, it's in atrocious taste and steeped in so much special-effects violence that parents might think twice about taking [their kids]. If it's meant as a comic strip for teen-agers or young adults, the script insults the intelligence. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
Can You Hear the Laughter? The Story of Freddie Prinze (1979) Bill Hayden This is a well-conceived film that manages to succeed both as biography and drama in its sensitive and understanding exploration of a performer who deserved success but was unable to cope with it. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2020
Do the Right Thing (1989) Jack Garner Spike Lee, the innovative creator of the cult films She's Gotta Have It and School Daze, makes a quantum leap in substance and style with his latest movie. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
3/4 Lady in White (1988) Jack Garner Lady in While is frequently impressive film making that builds to an exciting, even frightening, conclusion. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2020
1/4 Casual Sex? (1988) Jack Garner Casual Sex? is a casual mess. It's casual in that it is shallow, uninvolving, superficial and leaves no lasting impression, and a mess in that it's ... a mess. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2020
Silver Bullet (1985) William Wolf There just isn't any style or excitement in this rather tired film. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2020
The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) William Wolf The Journey of Natty Gann proves that family entertainment doesn't have to be pap but can make demands on audiences and give them a more realistic view of America. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2020
La Bamba (1987) Jack Garner Valens, meanwhile, is played with likeable charm and refreshing innocence by relative newcomer Lou Diamond Phillips. Among the large supporting cast, Rosana De Soto stands out as Ritchie's proud and loving mother. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
4/4 Bull Durham (1988) Jack Garner Bull Durham puts Shelton in the Hollywood big leagues, and he's hit his very first pitch over the scoreboard in centerfield. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
Racetrack (1985) Bill Hayden After seeing the two-hour film, no one will ever again approach in the same way this widely celebrated yet brief time on the dirt track. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
One Crazy Summer (1986) Steve Dollar The jokes are as predictable as they are flat, enlivened only by Goldthwait's hyperactive shenanigans. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
The Ann Jillian Story (1988) Mike Hughes Loliianco has taken a cliche (the tough guy who cares) and brought it to life. Jillian has taken a one of a kind role and filled it with human passion. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
A Room With a View (1986) George Williams As in all Ivory films, the movie has a delightful pace, as if the director were enjoying himself so much that he wanted to take maximum care with each frame of celluloid so that his audience could share his pleasure. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) William Wolf Ferris Bueller's Day Off should warm the heart of every student who would love to play hooky from school. It also may bring back memories for grownups who think back to the good old days. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Flight of the Navigator (1986) William Wolf Flight of the Navigator, the Disney studio's new movie aimed at children, has the warmed-over feeling of other time-travel yarns. But the story is snappily told and is sure to keep youngsters enthralled. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Violets Are Blue (1986) William Wolf It's worth seeing Violets Are Blue just to enjoy superb stars Sissy Spacek, Kevin Kline, and Bonnie Bedelia. But the picture, directed by Jack Fisk and scripted by Naomi Foner, has other attributes. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
1.5/4 Heat (1987) William Wolf There are some tough ingredients and possibilities for engrossing atmosphere. But Burt Reynolds never takes the central character beyond posturing and despite the Intensity of the movie's violence, the total effect is lethargic. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Vamp (1986) William Wolf Vamp has some sense of style. It doesn't have much else. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Desert Hearts (1985) William Wolf Desert Hearts, a daring and accomplished first feature by perceptive director Donna Deitch, is a movie that sneaks up on you. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Heartburn (1986) William Wolf Despite engaging performances by Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson, the screen adaptation of Nora Ephron's popular novel is shallow and wan. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Ran (1985) William Wolf The great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, who has made a career of creating movie masterpieces, has at the age of 75 given the world a monumental work. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
The Money Pit (1986) William Wolf The film would have been a lot better had there been a much stronger script that didn't seem to be straining to keep the basic idea alive. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Tess (1979) Richard Freedman A haunting, richly rewarding recreation of one of the towering masterpieces of English fiction. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Cousin, Cousine (1975) Bernard Drew Jean-Charles Tacchela's Cousin Cousine not only reminds us that French filmaking is as strong as ever, but this irresistible romantic comedy carries us back to the wonderful comedies of the 1930s. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Voyage of the Damned (1976) Bernard Drew [The actors] all do their best but the cliche ridden, on the nose, boom, boom, boom screenplay defeats nearly all of them. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Face to Face (1975) Bernard Drew Face to Face, [Ingmar Bergman and Liv Ullmann's] latest collaboration, is not only their most devastating but their most moving, their most profound, and their best. It is is a mind-blowing experience from beginning to end. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Slap Shot (1977) Bernard Drew Director George Roy Hill has contrived to keep the cameras and players in almost constant motion in the funny and energetic film. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
The Big Bus (1976) Bernard Drew You should never feel the creators desperately trying to force laughs where they don't naturally exist. That is the main problem of James Frawley's The Big Bus. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Fun With Dick and Jane (1977) Bernard Drew Embarrassing. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) Bernard Drew Ridiculous, hopelessly confused, and incomprehensible. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
The Deep (1977) Bernard Drew In the end, like too many other recent thrillers, it is a triumph of matter over mind, but at least it holds your interest while you are watching it. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
A Bridge Too Far (1977) Bernard Drew Running just under three hours, it's far too long but it's not bad. Sometimes it's quite good. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Nasty Habits (1976) Bernard Drew Nasty Habits could easily have been a constant joy instead of being merely an intermittent one. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
New York, New York (1977) Bernard Drew If lesser talents were involved, we might consider New York, New York quite passable entertainment, a pleasant collage of old musical movies. But with Scorsese, De Niro and Minnelli on the marquee, we expect more. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
The White Buffalo (1977) Bernard Drew The film, from the creators of King Kong, fails to live up to its billing. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Valentino (1977) Bernard Drew [A] purported film biography. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
The One and Only (1978) Bernard Drew Winkler is excellent In the lead, Darby properly subdued and adoring as the wife, William Daniels and Polly Holiday exactly right as the Ohio parents, and Villechaize, Harold Gould and Charles Frank good in lesser roles. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Julia (1977) Bernard Drew A movie that is a rare treat, one that captures the mind and heart, while simultaneously raising the blood pressure. Bravo! EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
The Goodbye Girl (1977) Bernard Drew The Goodbye Girl remains a bit too mechanically predictable to be a complete success. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
The Fury (1978) Bernard Drew It is convoluted, confused and confusing. It has a serviceable enough idea for a genre melodrama of this sort but it has not been properly worked out. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Casey's Shadow (1978) Bernard Drew Matthau and the young actors playing his sons are wonderful and Alexis Smith manages to imbue her role of Sarah Blue with elegance, intelligence and warmth. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
House Calls (1978) Bernard Drew House Calls is never really terrible, it simply isn't ever good enough. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) Bernard Drew The person or persons responsible for the landing of the craft -- it is considerably more than a flying saucer -- on the Earth, the slow descent upon us of a city of gold, has made one of the most stunning shots in the history of movies. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Gray Lady Down (1978) Bernard Drew An action movie should have action, right? EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
The Choirboys (1977) Bernard Drew I don't know how Aldrich, a usually good director who can go off from time to time, can be responsible for this. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Straight Time (1978) Bernard Drew here is hardly a minute that convinces, a scene that really works. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
American Hot Wax (1978) Bernard Drew Perhaps a reel is missing. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Crossed Swords (1978) Bernard Drew A great yarn that has passed the test of time, a good cast, photography by Jack Cardiff and music by Maurice Jarre never hurt any movie and Crossed Swords is good holiday family entertainment. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
The Boys in Company C (1978) Bernard Drew The movie isn't really terrible, it just seems to be inspired by other movies about other wars. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019