Monthly Archives: July 1996

Supercop - * * 1/2*

The third entry in Jackie Chan’s Police Story series has been redubbed and repackaged for American audiences as Supercop. Unfortunately, the renovation weakens the film, with a dubbing job that is barely better than Rumble in the Bronx’s, and a … Continue reading

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Kingpin - * 1/2*

The latest comedy from the makers of Dumb and Dumber is a variation of the same theme. Kingpin is a better film, but it can’t seem to find a level of consistency. Woody Harrelson stars as Roy Munson, amateur bowling … Continue reading

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Joe’s Apartment - *

Adapted from an MTV short film, Joe’s Apartment is actually cute in some spots, but can’t carry an entire film. Jerry O’Connell is Joe, a newcomer to New York, fresh out of Iowa. He lucks into finding the only available … Continue reading

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A Time to Kill - * * * 1/2*

A Time to Kill is an outstanding courtroom drama, and easily the best adaptation of one of John Grisham’s legal thrillers. Samuel L. Jackson stars as Carl Lee Hailey, a black lumberyard worker in Clanton, Mississippi, whose little girl is … Continue reading

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Trainspotting - * * *

Rough hewn portrait of youths in Scotland, and their nihilistic ways of sex, drugs, and crime. Ewan McGregor plays Mark Renton, the centerpiece of the film. Renton, like many of the other characters, is a heroin addict who knows his … Continue reading

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The Frighteners - * * *

Dark change-of-pace comedy is flooded with special effects, but its twisted sense of humor does manage to emerge. Michael J. Fox stars as Frank Bannister, Psychic Investigator, and con man, though not in the traditional sense. Frank, who has the … Continue reading

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Fled - * 1/2*

Bland action and a slew of movie references can’t save the prison-break movie Fled. Laurence Fishburne and Stephen Baldwin are two convicts chained together on a work detail in Georgia (in the spirit of The Defiant Ones). When another prisoner … Continue reading

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Multiplicity - * *

Multiplicity is a cloning comedy that starts out with a great premise, but fails to deliver on its promise. Michael Keaton stars as Doug Kinney, a harried construction worker, who doesn’t have time enough for work, family and himself. He … Continue reading

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Kazaam - 1/2*

Kazaam is a genie movie that doesn’t have a spark of magic. Shaquille O’Neal plays the genie, Kazaam, discovered by a highly annoying down-and-out kid, Max (Francis Capra). Unlike any normal kid in his situation, who would be delighted to … Continue reading

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Courage Under Fire - * * *

Courage Under Fire is a thought-provoking Gulf War drama, examining the true nature of courage and honor. Denzel Washington portrays Lt. Colonel Nat Serling, who is instructed to investigate a Medal of Honor recipient, Capt. Karen Walden (Meg Ryan), the … Continue reading

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