Daily Archives: December 20, 1996

Ghosts of Mississippi - * *

Rob Reiner’s latest film takes the tragedy of the murder of Medgar Evers and turns it into a watered down Grishamesque southern lawyer story. In very quick opening scenes, we learn that the racist Byron De La Beckwith (James Woods) … Continue reading

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Scream - * 1/2*

Scream is Wes Craven’s latest horror film with a gimmick that just doesn’t quite work. It opens, in traditional slasher film fashion, with the young, pert, and alone Casey (Drew Barrymore) having a terrifying encounter with a homicidal caller. The … Continue reading

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One Fine Day - * * 1/2*

A formulaic romantic comedy is helped along by the good chemistry of its stars. Michelle Pfeiffer stars as Melanie Parker, a working single mother, a control-freak with an uncontrollable son, Sammy (Alex D. Linz). George Clooney is Jack Taylor, a … Continue reading

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My Fellow Americans - * * 1/2*

Director Peter Segal manages to draw a few laughs out of a film that might have been titled Grumpy Old Presidents Hit the Road. Republican Russell Kramer (Jack Lemmon) and Democrat Matt Douglas (James Garner) are longtime political rivals, each … Continue reading

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Beavis and Butthead Do America - 1/2*

Beavis and Butthead Do America is a misguided adaptation of the MTV cartoon that abandons two important ingredients: the music video critiques, and the refreshingly short length. The story begins as Beavis and Butthead’s beloved television set is stolen. When … Continue reading

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