Monthly Archives: June 1996

Striptease - * 1/2*

This incomplete stripper comedy doesn’t have the goods. Demi Moore is Erin Grant, a single mother who is forced to work as a stripper in order to pay court costs to get custody of her young daughter away from her … Continue reading

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The Nutty Professor - * * *

Eddie Murphy stars in this hilarious remake of the Jerry Lewis Jekyll-and-Hyde story. Murphy (in one of several roles) stars as Professor Sherman Klump, a shy and very overweight chemist. Klump is smitten by a new professor, Miss Purdy (Jada … Continue reading

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Buffalo 66 - * 1/2*

Buffalo 66 is a quirky independent comedy that’s heavy on the quirky and independent, and light on the comedy. Vincent Gallo’s directoral debut, the film is a meandering mess that almost comes together at the end. Billy Brown (Gallo) has … Continue reading

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Lone Star - * * * 1/2*

John Sayles directs this complex and finely detailed drama about a Texas border town and the people who live there. The film opens with the discovery of a skeleton in the desert, which may be the 40 year old remains … Continue reading

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame - * * * *

Highly entertaining and inventive animated adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel. Tom Hulce provides the voice for Quasimodo, the title character. As a babe, his gypsy mother is slain by the evil Judge Frollo (Tony Jay), but the archdeacon (David … Continue reading

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Eraser - * * *

Enjoyable, but by-the-numbers action pic. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as U.S. Marshall John Kruger, an agent in charge of enforcing the Federal Witness Protection Program. He erases the identities of witnesses to protect them from those they are testifying against. His … Continue reading

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Stealing Beauty - * *

Beautifully shot, but rather pointless drama Liv Tyler stars as Lucy, a 19-year-old American who visits the Italian countryside with two things in mind. She searches for her real father, through clues her free spirited mother left in her poetry. … Continue reading

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The Rock - * * * 1/2*

Freneticaly paced action flick truly thrills. When decorated war hero General Hummel (Ed Harris) seizes control of Alcatraz island, holds 81 tourists as hostages, and threatens to launch several rockets laced with chemical weaponry upon San Francisco unless his demands … Continue reading

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The Phantom - * * 1/2*

The Phantom is a second rate superhero flick that can’t quite compete. Billy Zane is the title character, The Ghost Who Walks. Four hundred years ago, his ancestor vowed to fight evil, corruption, greed and the Sengh Brotherhood of pirates … Continue reading

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