Monthly Archives: April 1996

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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A Thin Line Between Love and Hate - *

Martin Lawrence directed, produced, wrote and starred in this limp rehash of Fatal Attraction. Lawrence plays Darnell, a ladies man who strives to own a piece of Chocolate City, the nightclub where he works. He’ll do anything to charm the … Continue reading

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Primal Fear - * * 1/2*

Rather predictable thriller with some good acting, and a couple of interesting moments. Richard Gere is Martin Vail, a publicity-hungry high-profile Chicago lawyer. When an altar boy, Aaron Stampler (Edward Norton), is accused of the brutal murder of an archbishop … Continue reading

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Faithful - * 1/2*

Cher and Chazz Palminteri star in this all too obvious adaptation of Palminteri’s talky stage play. Cher and Ryan O’Neal play an unhappy married couple. On their twentieth anniversary, O’Neal hires a hit man(Palminteri) to kill his wife. When Palminteri … Continue reading

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