Daily Archives: December 22, 1995

Restoration - * * *

Ribald tale of a foolish young doctor maturing during the 16th century. Robert Downey, Jr., plays the doctor, who is taken into the court of King Charles II (Sam Neill), when he serendipitiously heals the king’s favorite dog. He is … Continue reading

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Waiting to Exhale - * * 1/2*

Adequate film job of Terry McMillan’s novel about the romantic trials of four black women. Angela Bassett is Bernadine, whose husband just left her for a white woman. Whitney Houston is Savannah, a newcomer to Phoenix, hoping to finally find … Continue reading

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Tom and Huck - * 1/2*

Disney presents a rather bland display of Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer. Jonathan Taylor Thomas is Tom the troublemaking schemer of a child. Brad Renfro plays Huckleberry Finn, the outcast loner of Hannibal, Missouri, wild boy and rebel. After the two … Continue reading

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Sudden Death - 1/2*

Horrible Die Hard clone. Jean Claude VanDamme is Darren McCord, a fire marshall with a tragic past. He takes his two children to the seventh game in the Stanley Cup finals, a game where he is serving as fire marshall, … Continue reading

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Grumpier Old Men - * * 1/2*

Amusing comedy that surpasses the original, but doesn’t aim for much. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau reprise their title roles as the argumentative curmudgeons. This time out, Lemmon has married Ann Margaret, and the weather has warmed up, but everything … Continue reading

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Dracula: Dead and Loving It - 1/2*

Slow and unfunny spoof on everyone’s favorite bloodsucker. Leslie Nielsen is Count Dracula, in this Mel Brooks film that roughly follows Bram Stoker’s tale. Dracula comes from Transylvania to London, where he desires to make the lovely Mina his undead … Continue reading

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Cutthroat Island - * 1/2*

Mediocre pirate action flick. Geena Davis is the pirate Morgan Adams, hunting down her grandfather’s fabled treasure. The treasure map was divided in three and divided among her father and her two uncles. Of course, one of her evil uncles … Continue reading

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Balto - * *

Surprisingly unengaging animated adventure set in Nome, Alaska. Balto is the hero of the story, half-wolf and half-husky. He yearns for acceptance, but his only true friends are a Russian duck, a pair of water-shy polar bears, and a female … Continue reading

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