Monthly Archives: January 1997

Waiting for Guffman - * * 1/2*

Waiting for Guffman is a sharp satire of small town life and pageantry. The small town of Blaine, Missouri, is celebrating its sesquicentennial anniversary, and the film covers, in a mock documentary style, the production of a pageant in celebration … Continue reading

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Star Wars: Special Edition - * * * *

George Lucas rereleases his cinematic triumph with revamped sound and special effects. There are very few people who need a summary of the film; if you’re one of those who hasn’t seen Star Wars, what the heck are you doing … Continue reading

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Shadow Conspiracy - [No Tickets]

The Shadow Conspiracy is a truly pathetic thriller. Charlie Sheen stars as White House aide Bobby Bishop. When a nutty conspiracy group stumbles upon a “shadow government”, they are systematically eliminated by a mysterious gunman (Stephen Lang)…but not before their … Continue reading

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Meet Wally Sparks - 1/2*

Rodney Dangerfield turns up the tackiness in Meet Wally Sparks, a very lowbrow comedy. Rodney stars as Wally Sparks, the trashy and obnoxious host of a trashy, obnoxious tabloid tv talk show. When he offends away nearly all his sponsors, … Continue reading

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Gridlock’d - * * 1/2*

Gridlock’d is a gritty comedy about bureaucracy and drug addiction. Tupac Shakur stars as Spoon, a heroin addicted bass player who decides to kick the habit after his girlfriend (Thandie Newton) overdoses. He’s joined by his wacky friend and fellow … Continue reading

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Prefontaine - * * 1/2*

Prefontaine is a bio-pic of long distance runner Steve Prefontaine that is interesting, but never quite captures his essence. Jared Leto stars as Pre, an unusual runner who suceeds more with sheer will than natural talent. Although not built like … Continue reading

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Fierce Creatures - * * *

Fierce Creatures is a wryly hillarious comedy that’s not a sequel, but from the same team of actors behind A Fish Called Wanda. Kevin Kline stars as media mogul Rod McCain who buys a small British zoo. Soon, a bumbling … Continue reading

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Metro - * *

Metro delivers heaping spoonfuls of bland action fare. Eddie Murphy is a hostage negotiator with the San Francisco police department. He’s trying to get back together with his old girfriend (Carmen Ejogo), he’s training a new partner (Michael Rapaport), and … Continue reading

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Beverly Hills Ninja - 1/2*

Beverly Hills Ninja is a surprisingly boring comedy. Chris Farley stars as Haru, an orphan who is discovered by a secret ninja clan after washing up as a babe on the coast of Japan. The clan adopts Haru and trains … Continue reading

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Turbulence - * 1/2*

Turbulence is an action thriller that has a smooth takeoff, then stalls in midair. Lauren Holly stars as a flight attendant stuck working the NY to LA shift on Christmas Eve. The flight is lightly populated, but contains a few … Continue reading

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