Monthly Archives: August 1996

The Trigger Effect - * * *

This intriguing thriller, even though it weakens a bit at the end, still packs a chilling punch. The Trigger Effect opens with an extended tracking shot reminiscent of Touch of Evil or The Player, introducing several of the main characters, … Continue reading

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The Crow: City of Angels - [No Tickets]

This dark and brooding sequel is an absolute pain to watch. Set twenty years after the original, The Crow: City of Angels, focuses upon the character of Ashe (Vincent Perez), a mechanic who accidentally witnesses a murder. He is killed, … Continue reading

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The Spitfire Grill - * * 1/2*

The Spitfire Grill is a thoroughly sappy and manipulative drama, but it manages to be moving nonetheless. Alison Elliott stars as Percy Talbott, a young ex-con who travels to small town Gilead, Maine, to start a new life. The local … Continue reading

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She’s the One - * * *

Edward Burns, who won raves for his Brothers McMullen, tackles similar material in She’s The One, and manages to make his sophomore outing a rather amiable romantic comedy. The plot centers around the exploits of two brothers. Mickey (Burns) is … Continue reading

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A Very Brady Sequel - 1/2*

Take the original Brady Bunch movie, eliminate the originality and cohesiveness, and string the remnants along a rather flimsy plotline, and you’ve got A Very Brady Sequel, a tired rehash of a film that wasn’t all that great to begin … Continue reading

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The Island of Dr. Moreau - * 1/2*

The Island of Dr. Moreau is Hollywood’s third attempt at framing H. G. Wells’ novel, and they have yet to get it right. The 1933 Island of Lost Souls, although the best of the three, eliminated the subtleties of the … Continue reading

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Carpool - 1/2*

A rather inane and dull family comedy, Carpool is merely a bundle of chase cliches surrounded by unappealing characters. Daniel (David Paymer) is a harried and overworked ad executive, and on the most important day of his business life (these … Continue reading

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Tin Cup - * * * 1/2*

Very engaging golf-themed romantic-comedy. Kevin Costner is Roy “Tin Cup” McAvoy, a golf pro at a small West Texas driving range, never having hit the big time. His life changes when he meets Dr. Molly Griswold (Rene Russo), a therapist … Continue reading

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Tales From the Crypt: Bordello of Blood - [No Tickets]

The Tales From the Crypt in the title should have been a warning. But no, I countered, sometimes the HBO series turns out comic gems, and this one even has Dennis Miller… what could go wrong? Bordello of Blood could. … Continue reading

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Kansas City - * *

Yet another mixed bag o’ tricks from director Robert Altman, the 1930’s period piece Kansas City is a bit more restrained than his recent works. Primarily it is the story of Blondie O’Hara (Jennifer Jason Leigh), the wife of a … Continue reading

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