Daily Archives: April 12, 1996

The Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy - *

One long, overdrawn sketch by the cross-dressing comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall. The threadbare plot is as follows: a greedy pharmaceutical company desperate for increased profits releases a miraculous antidepressant that may have nasty side effects. That’s about … Continue reading

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Getting Away with Murder - 1/2*

Hopelessly tasteless comedy that gets off on the wrong foot and never recovers. Dan Aykroyd is a hopelessly moralistic ethics professor who discovers that his neighbor, Jack Lemmon, may be a notorious Nazi mass-murderer. In a sense of indignant outrage, … Continue reading

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Jane Eyre - * * 1/2*

Distant period piece based upon Charlotte Bronte’s novel. The story begins as young penniless Jane (played here by Anna Paquin) is transferred from the cold and uncaring home of her cruel aunt to a cold and uncaring boarding school. She … Continue reading

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James and the Giant Peach - * * *

An imaginative combination of animation styles makes this unique film a visual treat. James is a young orphan (his parents were killed from above by a supernatural rhino), forced to live with his cruel aunts, Spiker and Sponge (Joanna Lumley … Continue reading

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Fear - * * 1/2*

Surprisingly good entry in the overworn “____ From Hell” genre. This time around, “Boyfriend” fills the blank. William Petersen is an overworked architect who has his hands full trying to cope with his rebellious 16-year-old daughter, Reese Witherspoon. And that’s … Continue reading

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