Monthly Archives: February 1997

Smilla’s Sense of Snow - * * 1/2*

Implausible, but entrancing tale with rich characters, but a weak plotline. Julia Ormond portrays Smilla, a half-Inuit woman living in Denmark. One night she returns home to find that the young boy who lived downstairs is dead, having apparently fallen … Continue reading

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Donnie Brasco - * * * 1/2*

Just when you thought there weren’t any fresh or new stories that could be told about mafia life, along comes a gem like Donnie Brasco, made all the more fascinating because it is based on fact. Donnie Brasco is the … Continue reading

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Booty Call - 1/2*

Booty Call is a rather pedestrian conglomeration of raunchy, low-brow humor. The film focuses on a double date and the night which follows. Rushon (Tommy Davidson) and Nikki (Tamalo Jones) have been dating for seven weeks now…Rushon wants to get … Continue reading

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Lost Highway - *

David Lynch has managed to create a film full of invigorating visuals, a stimulating soundtrack, intriguing ideas that ends up being rather pointless and boring. The film opens on the dreary lives of a couple: saxophonist Fred Madison (Bill Pullman), … Continue reading

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Blood and Wine - * *

Blood and Wine is a murky attempt at film noir that has a couple of good twists, but overall it wastes its talent. Jack Nicholson stars as Alex Gates a Miami wine merchant who plots with an old friend, Victor … Continue reading

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Rosewood - * * *

Director John Singleton delivers a powerful, but overdone, depiction of a true life tragedy in Rosewood. The town of Rosewood, Florida, is a nearly all-black town in the 1920s. A drifter (Ving Rhames) wanders in one day, and is immediately … Continue reading

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The Empire Strikes Back: Special Edition - * * * *

The best of the three Star Wars films benefits from its Special Edition enhancements. This review will primarily cover the updates to the film, and assumes a general knowledge. If you haven’t seen the film yet, get away from the … Continue reading

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Touch - *

Touch is an uneven satire that wastes a potentially intriguing topic. Bill Hill (Christopher Walken) is a con-artist preacher who had a successful practice in the south, but after moving to L.A., he has found himself reduced to selling RVs. … Continue reading

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Vegas Vacation - 1/2*

The Griswold family returns for a third Vacation sequel, hitting miles below the humor of the original, and even below the lesser Christmas Vacation. This time Clark (Chevy Chase) and Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo) take their kids (played this time around … Continue reading

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That Darn Cat - 1/2*

Feeble update of Disney’s 1965 family comedy is a cornucopia of overacting. Christina Ricci stars as a surly teenager (you know, the type in the movies that always dress in black) who hates her small hometown. The only thing she … Continue reading

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