Monthly Archives: May 1996

Eddie - * 1/2*

Lackluster basketball comedy doesn’t have anything inventive or unusual to say. Whoopi Goldberg stars as Eddie, a limo driver by day, and a rabid New York Knicks fan. The Knicks’ new owner, Wild Bill (Frank Langella), is on the lookout … Continue reading

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Dragonheart - * 1/2*

An amazing technological achievement is wasted in this rather bland fantasy. Dennis Quaid stars as Sir Bowen, a valorious knight who follows the old code of King Arthur’s round table. He is the tutor for Prince Einon, a bratty little … Continue reading

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The Arrival - * * 1/2*

Some surprisingly good science fiction is watered down by tepid dialogue in The Arrival. In perhaps his best work in years (although that’s not saying much), Charlie Sheen plays Zane Zaminski, a paranoid researcher in the SETI program, searching for … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Dollhouse - * * 1/2*

How many of you would jump at the chance to relive junior high? Well, here’s your chance…complete with all the aches and pains, the humiliation and utter frustration, all bundled into one 93-minute film. Heather Matarazzo stars as Dawn Wiener, … Continue reading

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Spy Hard - *

Tiresome spoof of the action/spy genre just doesn’t hold up to previous outings. Leslie Nielsen is Dick Steele, Agent WD-40, who is brought out of retirement when the villainous General Rancor (Andy Griffith) threatens the world with annhilation. Along the … Continue reading

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Mission: Impossible - * * *

Improbable but highly entertaining suspense yarn. Tom Cruise stars as Ethan Hunt, the point man for a team of IMF (Impossible Mission Force) agents assigned to do highly confidential and dangerous covert operations. The only character returning from the television … Continue reading

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Flipper - * 1/2*

Weak movie that tries to mix the original tv show with Free Willy, and ends up with something more closely resembling chum than a decent film. Surly teen Sandy (Elijah Wood) has been sent away by his divorcing mother to … Continue reading

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Dead Man - * *

Dead Man is a depressing revisionist black comedy artistic western. Johnny Depp plays the title character, an innocent named William Blake from Cleveland who travels the the wild western town of Machine to claim an accounting job. When factory owner … Continue reading

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Cold Comfort Farm - * * 1/2*

This satire of the traditional English period drama is a mixed bag. Flora Poste (Kate Beckinsale) is the rich young woman forced to live with her hard working relatives, the Starkadders. However, unlike others in her situation, she relishes the … Continue reading

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Boys - 1/2*

Boys is a poorly written and ill conceived drama that never even tries to involve the viewer. Lukas Haas is a prep school senior, who discovers a whole new spin on life when he finds an unconscious 25-year old woman … Continue reading

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