Monthly Archives: September 1995

Persuasion - * *

Enjoyable, but dry, adaptation of a Jane Austen romance. Amanda Root plays Anne Elliot, a plain woman on the verge of spinsterhood. Years earlier, she refused the advances of a penniless suitor, on the advice of her rich neighbor. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Steal Big, Steal Little - * *

Overlong attempt at comedy. Andy Garcia plays the good Ruben and the evil Robby, the twin adopted sons of a wealthy landowning couple in California. When their parents are dead, Ruben is the recipient of the family fortune and their … Continue reading

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Moonlight and Valentino - * 1/2*

Moonlight and Valentino is a drama about grief and women’s relationships. Elizabeth Perkins plays a young woman who husband was killed, having been hit by a car. Gwyneth Paltrow is her rebellious, but innocent, younger sister. Kathleen Turner is her … Continue reading

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Devil in a Blue Dress - * * * 1/2*

A stylish thriller about race, politics, murder and scandal in the 1940s. Denzel Washington plays Easy Rawlins, an ex-G.I. who becomes an amateur private investigator when a mysterious man asks him to look for the missing fiancee of an ex-mayoral … Continue reading

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To Die For - * * 1/2*

A dark comedy with not enough satirical bite. Nicole Kidman stars as Suzanne Stone, a local weathergirl in Little Hope, Connecticut, with much more ambition than intelligence or morals. She will do anything to be famous, and woe be to … Continue reading

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Showgirls - 1/2*

Rather flimsy take on the rising starlet genre, set in the Las Vegas topless dancing scene. Elizabeth Berkley is Nomi Malone, a woman with a murky past who travels to Vegas to be a showgirl. She starts at the very … Continue reading

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A Month by the Lake - * * *

Warm and charming romantic film. Set on an Italian resort in the spring of 1937, it deals with an English woman, Vanessa Redgrave, who is returning after a long while to the resort her father frequented. There she meets a … Continue reading

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Se7en - * * * *

Grisly and disturbing, but very, very good. Seven is a thriller about a serial killer obsessed with the seven deadly sins; and the two homicide cops on his trail. Morgan Freeman is the elder cop, seven days from retirement, and … Continue reading

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Unstrung Heroes - * * *

Warm and fuzzy comedy-drama about a young boy who runs away from home, unable to cope with his dying mother, to live with his two very eccentric uncles, Michael Richards and Maury Chaykin. Richards is the insane paranoid, and Chaykin … Continue reading

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Mute Witness - * * 1/2*

A thriller with good doses of satire and wit. An American slasher film is shooting in low-budget Moscow, when the mute makeup artist witnesses a real murder when two of the Russian crewmen film a snuff film in the studio … Continue reading

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