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Rating Title/Year Author
The Conversation (1974) Bernard Drew The Conversation, it's called, and it's a volcano of a movie, an absolute sensation. I liked it better even than The Godfather... The fun of seeing it for the first time is all your's and I envy you. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1975) Bernard Drew The silly, noisy comic strip Michael Winner has directed, from a screenplay by Arnold Schulman and Cy Howard, is about as amusing as watching your old mother break a leg. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
The Ritz (1976) Bernard Drew The actors scream, rampage, and flounce their way across the screen exactly as they did on stage, and what worked effectively within the limits of the proscenium, seems sometimes, to be simply exaggerated or hysterical when seen on the screen. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Carrie (1976) Bernard Drew [Sissy Spacek] plays it quite straight and she is wonderful, but De Palma has shrewdly made a camp movie designed to knock them dead in the drive-ins. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Two Minute Warning (1976) Bernard Drew Edward Hume wrote the screenplay from a novel by George LaFountaine. Whether it's their contribution or [director Larry] Peerce's, I do not know, but this is a movie that hates people. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Zardoz (1974) Bernard Drew "There's less to this than meets the eye." EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
3/4 See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) Jack Garner [Pryor and Wilder], who haven't always been successful in their solo film work, seem to inspire each other in their joint ventures, and See No Evil, Hear No Evil generates more laughs than their recent films. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Legend (1985) William Wolf Its production design, special effects, and overall look can't be faulted. But its hackneyed story about good versus evil is so insipid and dull that no matter how much one might applaud the visual achievement, the movie is still a gigantic bore. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
Xanadu (1980) Bernard Drew It strives mightily to achieve magic, but for all its sunbeams, mirages and tricky dissolves, it remains humorless and earthbound. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
The Lord of the Rings (1978) Bernard Drew Bakshi proves once again that he is a master of his chosen medium. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
1/4 Mannequin (1987) William Wolf Both lead performers are affable. It's the material that sinks them. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
Ishtar (1987) Jack Garner There are three or four memorable sequences in Ishtar -- the purchase of the blind camel, the use of fake Arabic in an auction scene, and the first horrendous singing performance of stupid songs. But the film lacks pace and consistent tone. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
Every Which Way But Loose (1978) Bernard Drew his time, Eastwood has chosen a story which purports to be light and funny and which is neither. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Force 10 From Navarone (1978) Bernard Drew It's unbelievable that a movie which cost so much money seems to have been made on the cheap. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Red Heat (1988) Jack Garner Don't assume that Arnold is pure straight man here, though. He still gets his share of laughs, mostly based on the differences between east and west, and Belushi gets his shot at character and action. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
2.5/4 Twins (1988) Jack Garner There's a diamond at the core of this film, but you have to press down on a whole lot of coal to get to it. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
Three Amigos! (1986) William Wolf Despite the promotional promise of Steve Martin. Chevy Chase, and Martin Short pictured under their huge sombreros, the holiday season comedy is almost as unfunny as a movie can get. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
1/4 Over the Top (1987) William Wolf Granted that it's his ticket to riches, but you'd think that by now even Sylvester Stallone might be bored playing underdogs who beat the odds and become winners. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Cocktail (1988) Jack Garner Ultimately, the ideas in this film fall as flat as stale beer and honest emotions are as watered down as cheap whiskey. This Cocktail is definitely on the rocks. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) Bernard Drew [An] inept, studiously naive, childishly sanctimonious phantasmagoria "inspired" by the Beatles' great album. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
The Buddy Holly Story (1978) Bernard Drew Ultimately, the success of the film rests on Gary Busey's performance. Not since we saw the young Montgomery Clift and James Dean in their earliest roles has an actor emerged with so sharp and instantly empathetic a persona. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
4/4 The Last Emperor (1987) Jack Garner Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor is a stunning achievement, a rare film of great beauty and power It lifts viewers, as only the best films do, to unique and all-encompassing experiences in a land and time unfamiliar to many of us EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Rumble Fish (1983) Bernard Drew Almost nothing at all happens In the entire movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2019
Continental Divide (1981) Bernard Drew Under Michael Apted's direction, Belushi gives it a good try. But we will have to wait for another role before we can decide whether Belushi can play it straight. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2019
The Osterman Weekend (1983) Bernard Drew Sam Peckinpah's movie of the Robert Ludlum novel, The Osterman Weekend, must be the most incoherent, inexplicable, muddled film made this year. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2019
The Italian Job (1969) Bernard Drew It gets sillier and milder because director Collinson and writer Troy Kennedy Martin could not make up their minds whether they wanted the heist farce to end them all, or an honest thriller with a few laughs. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2019
The Christmas Tree (1969) Bernard Drew The strange thing about The Christmas Tree is that if you can overlook the essential cheapness of using such a theme as a patently easy and exploitable way of eliciting sympathy... [director Young] has done a nice job of it. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2019
La Chamade (1968) Bernard Drew I had begun to think I was getting old, but perhaps I am not as old as I sometimes think for I found myself rather bored and annoyed with Catherine Deneuve and her chic tristesse in Francoise Sagan's La Chamade. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2019
2.5/4 Full Metal Jacket (1987) Jack Garner An electrifying opening segment that could stand alone as one of Kubrick's great films, except it's only about 45 minutes long. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2019
The Bed Sitting Room (1969) Bernard Drew The Bed Sitting Room is a film which is going to annoy a number of people, amuse but puzzle a like number, and tickle the hell out of a small but. passionately vociferous group, which includes me. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
The Great Train Robbery (1978) Bernard Drew The Great Train Robbery is elegant and stately. But it is a slow-moving story, when what we really want from a period thriller is a feeling for the excitement generated during the actual events. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/4 Talk Radio (1988) Jack Garner [Bogosian gives] a biting, energetic, get-under-your-skin performance -- the daring centerpiece of this impressive, thought-provoking film. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
1/4 Wisdom (1986) William Wolf Estevez writes terrible dialogue that makes the couple sound stupid rather than inspiring. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
The Stone Boy (1984) David Elliott This film is sincere, earnest and irritating. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
3.5/4 Willow (1988) Jack Garner Time-worn myths and legends get a zestful, entertaining reworking in Willow. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
3.5/4 Dominick and Eugene (1988) Jack Garner That it achieves its goals in ways that are entertaining and engrossing and not preachy or didactic is a credit to director Robert M Young and his writers. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2018
3.5/4 Trance (2013) Forrest Hartman [Director Danny] Boyle has not only delivered a first-rate thriller, he has produced a film that should inspire healthy debate... both about its plotting and characters. In a world of disposable entertainment, it is a lasting piece of art. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2013
Zodiac (2007) Forrest Hartman Director David Fincher is an absolute master of psychological terror. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2007
Dungeons & Dragons (2000) Marshall Fine Much of the physical action has the rushed, one-dimensional feeling of syndicated television. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2000
The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999) Marshall Fine The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland is a cause for celebration! EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000) Marshall Fine Deliciously clever and surprisingly touching. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
3/10 John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars (2001) Bill Muller Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
Beautiful (2000) Marshall Fine An uneasy comedy, one that asks you to swallow a lot of hooey to get to the cream-filled center. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
The Best Man (1999) Marshall Fine Intelligent and witty. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000