Monthly Archives: March 1996

A Family Thing - * * 1/2*

A Family Thing is an unusual comedy-drama that focuses on racial divisions and family relations. Robert Duvall is Earl, a stubborn good old boy from Arkansas. When his momma dies, she reveals that he isn’t her son. Earl was the … Continue reading

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Sgt. Bilko - * *

Timid remake of the Phil Silvers Show. Steve Martin is Sgt. Ernie Bilko, a con man who runs his own private paradise on Fort Bragg. A compulsive gambler and schemer, he never passes a chance to make a buck, and … Continue reading

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Flirting With Disaster - * *

Strange and quirky comedy whose humor depends on how much you identify with the Ben Stiller’s neurotic character. Stiller plays Mel, the adopted son of two less than perfect parents (Mary Tyler Moore and George Segal). The birth of his … Continue reading

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Race the Sun - * *

Disney delivers yet another variation on the “teacher inspires kids” flick, which is surprisingly much better than it could have been. Location: Hawaii. Teacher: Halle Berry, playing an English teacher assigned to teach science. Kids: the lolos (a group of … Continue reading

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Girl 6 - 1/2*

Spike Lee delivers a rather boring portrait of the phone sex industry. Theresa Randle is Girl 6, a struggling actress who enlists with a phone sex firm as a last minute effort to avoid absolute poverty. The film follows her … Continue reading

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Diabolique - * 1/2*

In 1955, a French thriller was so widely regarded that it changed the face of the genre, and influenced films from Psycho to Fatal Attraction. In 1996, the film has been updated and Americanized. What little joy there is left … Continue reading

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Two Much - * 1/2*

Two much is a brainless try at screwball comedy that turns into a farce. Antonio Banderas is a con-artist/art dealer, named (what else) Art. When a con job goes wrong, he finds himself on the run from mob boss Danny … Continue reading

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Executive Decision - * * * 1/2*

Executive Decision is a tense and suspense filled action film starring Kurt Russell and Steven Seagal. When terrorists who seize control of a trans-Atlantic 747 are suspected of possessing unknown amounts of chemical weaponry, the U.S. government is left with … Continue reading

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Fargo - * * * 1/2*

Fargo is the latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen, and their most realistic, if not quite their best. William H. Macy is a used car salesman in Minneapolis. When he is overwhelmed by debt, he hatches a scheme to … Continue reading

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If Lucy Fell - 1/2*

If you’re looking for a limp and humorless comedy, look ye no further. If Lucy Fell is the story of Lucy and Joe (Sarah Jessica Parker and Eric Schaeffer), New York roommates who agree to a death pact: they will … Continue reading

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