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Rating Title/Year Author
Girlfight (2000) Leah Rozen Newcomer Michelle Rodriguez commands notice as a pugnacious pugilist in Girlfight. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2021
The Ballad of Little Jo (1993) People Staff Amis, previously a standout in supporting roles in such films as Rich in Love and Rocket Gibraltar, easily carries this emotionally complex movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2021
The Joy Luck Club (1993) People Staff It would be difficult to conjure any mother and daughter unable to identify with the women of The Joy Luck Club. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
Brassed Off (1996) Leah Rozen The movie delivers way too much doom-and-gloom-pah-pah. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
Superman III (1983) People Staff If not as exhilarating as Superman II, Superman III is surprising and boisterously witty. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
The Karate Kid Part II (1986) People Staff The film is ultimately too predictable, even somewhat tiresome, and Karate Kid Part II goes down kicking. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
Stand and Deliver (1988) People Staff Olmos provides plenty to stand up and cheer about even when the film is not delivering much else in the way of substance. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
Tequila Sunrise (1988) Peter Travers Who says looks aren't everything? They are in this picture. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) Ralph Novak Every comic turn is predictable-from the electrocuted cat to the Scrooge-ified ending. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
City Slickers (1991) Ralph Novak The first half of this film is very funny, in a Hee Haw vs. thirtysomething way. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2020
National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) People Staff There are enough serious laughs to suggest that Quintano may give the Abrahams-Zucker team (Naked Gun; Airplane) substantial competition in the mainstream parody business. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2020
Showgirls (1995) People Staff To say this movie is smarmy is to understate the case. To say it stinks is more like it. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2020
You Don't Know Jack (2010) Tom Gliatto A vein of messianic righteousness can be detected below the surface, but mostly this Kevorkian is delightful-which doesn't seem quite right. It's an ingenious performance, though. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
Quest for Camelot (1998) Leah Rozen Both the derring-do of this duo and the comic antics of their animal sidekicks (particularly a talkative two-headed dragon) will keep children entertained. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
Innerspace (1987) People Staff Watching Innerspace is like riding a familiar roller coaster: It's decent fun but the thrill is gone. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Heartbreak Ridge (1986) People Staff Screenwriter Jim Carabatsos (yes, the very guy who wrote No Mercy) is a Vietnam vet. Yet he seems to have no idea of how men fight, get along or talk. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
The Girl (2012) Tom Gliatto For The Girl to work, the director's perversity needs to come up against the actress's desperate will to fight him off. Miller is believably blonde, and that's about it. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) Ralph Novak If you don't mind your comic books being filled with incessant shootings, explosions, knifings, drownings, stranglings, car crashes, fires and the use of automatic nail drivers as weapons, it's a lot of fun. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995) People Staff Prepare for another hour and a half's worth of warm fuzzies. Willy the whale and his human pal, 14-year-old Jesse, are back together, and Moby Dick they aren't. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
Married to the Mob (1988) Peter Travers High-spirited and hilarious, Mob supplies that special kick you get from movie comedy when laughter bubbles over into bliss. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2020
Clara's Heart (1988) Peter Travers Clara's Heart is just awful. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2020
Heaven Can Wait (1978) People Staff Along the way there is fun, football, romance and thoroughly satisfying unreality. Movies are supposed to be like this. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2020
Path to War (2002) People Staff Alec Baldwin excelled as former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) Ralph Novak Let's get right to it, which is what director Joe Dante does: This movie has no surprises, just a bigger dose of the bizarre, sadistic, ugly little creatures that surfaced in the original. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) People Staff Masterson and Stoltz possess talent and charm to spare. Here are actors making characters of what could have been cartoons. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2020
Benny & Joon (1993) People Staff This film about love among the mentally ill is... as artificially sweet as a mouthful of saccharin. Still, it is irresistibly appealing in an old-fashioned, fantasy romance way. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2020
Sophie's Choice (1982) People Staff Streep and Kline, embodying their characters in a way that goes beyond performing, obliterate the excesses on their straight and stirring journey to the heart. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2020
Reversal of Fortune (1990) Ralph Novak Mixing reality and fiction, without using that mixture to produce any substantial addition to our knowledge, this movie at once goes too far and not far enough. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2020
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) People Staff Weir makes beautiful and daring movies, but this one is longer on style than substance. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2020
Something Wild (1986) People Staff Buy a ticket to this whirligig of a movie at your own risk. You enter a fun house and exit through a chamber of horrors. But director Jonathan Demme provides a heck of a ride. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
Reckless (1984) People Staff First-time director James Foley has made a drooling, teen-sex film dressed up as Rebel Without a Cause. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2020
A+ Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt (1989) Alan Carter As powerful and moving a documentary as you will ever see... This one stays with you. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Chan Is Missing (1982) People Staff In spite of technical crudities and a sometimes confusing story line, this is a minor triumph. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2020
James Dean (2001) Terry Kelleher There's no joy in noting that it sometimes plays like a parody of a James Dean movie. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2020
The Rat Pack (1998) Terry Kelleher The film gains points for giving old gossip new fascination. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2020
You, Me and Dupree (2006) Leah Rozen You, Me and Dupree is a slight, meandering comedy that, much like Dupree on his wobbly bicycle, spins its wheels but doesn't get far. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
The River (1984) People Staff This dull agribomb will soon be forgotten anyway, even if Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek aren't. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2020
Yanks (1979) People Staff Though some of the photography is stunning and the mood of wartime Europe is warmly rendered, this is not a movie to write home about. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2020
Casual Sex? (1988) People Staff Only the "Vin Man," a beast from the East named Vinny and played as a macho send-up by comic Andrew Dice Clay, lightens up the proceedings. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2020
Liar Liar (1997) Leah Rozen This is essentially a one-joke movie, but it's a nifty joke. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2020
The Story of Us (1999) Leah Rozen Is there anything worse than being stuck in the company of a married couple who can't open their mouths without taking vicious swipes at each other? Such is the punishment meted out by The Story of Us, allegedly a romantic drama. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2020
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) People Staff Like its subject, the movie celebrates down-hominess but should win over plenty of city folk. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2020
The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) People Staff This is terrific family fare, with an appealing cast and some picturesque locations in the Northwest. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2020
13 Going on 30 (2004) People Staff 13 Going on 30, directed with a sweet touch by Gary Winick (Tadpole), is an immensely likable if unchallenging comedy. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
Prefontaine (1997) People Staff Unlike most sports movies, which have the artificial uplift of a pep rally, Prefontaine, small-scaled and quiet, is about defeat as much as victory. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
Cool Runnings (1993) People Staff ... mildly amusing but overly calculated comedy... EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2020
Candyman (1992) People Staff While Candyman has a standard ration of supernatural powers, the movie's effects are tame. Nor does Rose exhibit any sense of humor. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2020
B+ Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1997) Terry Kelleher Wishes do come true, insists this new production of the timeless fairy tale. Okay, we wish Brandy could sing like Whitney Houston. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
The Innocent (1976) People Staff Director Luchino Visconti, a giant of modern Italian cinema, died three years ago, just before this film was completed. Too bad: The final U.S. version clearly lacks the master's touch. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Matador (1986) Peter Travers The film is fiercely funny, executed in a reckless, raucous rage by the most wantonly gifted new filmmaker on the international scene. Almódovar relishes mocking his country's sacred cows. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020