Monthly Archives: April 1997

Volcano - * 1/2*

A ridiculous script and mediocre special effects mar this ludicrous disaster pic. Mick Jackson’s film covers several storylines, alternating between them in short staccato bursts. The overall premise is that an earthquake opens a volcanic fissure under Los Angeles, causing … Continue reading

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Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion - * * 1/2*

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion is a monotonous, but funny, comedy. Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow) are two dim-witted friends who have been together since they were both ostracized in high school. In the ten years which … Continue reading

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Murder at 1600 - * 1/2*

The third murder-and-conspiracy at the White House film to roll out of Hollywood this year is neither the best nor the worst, but is, nonetheless, a routine and predictable affair. Harlan Regis (Wesley Snipes) is a Washington D.C. homicide detective. … Continue reading

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McHale’s Navy - *

McHale’s Navy is yet another recycled sitcom turned feature film, and is about as appealing as a failed television pilot. Tom Arnold portrays Quentin McHale, a now retired Naval officer who makes a living providing contraband goods to the local … Continue reading

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8 Heads in a Duffel Bag - 1/2*

Eight Heads in a Duffel Bag is a dark comedy that aims to shock, but dulls instead. The heads in the title refer to eight decapitated heads that mobster Tommy Spinelli (Joe Pesci) is carrying cross country as proof of … Continue reading

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Paradise Road - * * *

Paradise Road is a prisoner-of-war movie that is by turns moving and obvious. The film opens in Singapore in 1942, at a posh upper-class cricket club, where, naturally, the inhabitants think themselves protected from war. No sooner is that said, … Continue reading

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Grosse Pointe Blank - * * *

Grosse Pointe Blank is a darkly amusing black comedy that needs a better title. John Cusack is Martin Blank, a hitman for hire, who has just been invited to his 10 year high school reunion in Grosse Pointe, Michigan (hence … Continue reading

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Anaconda - * 1/2*

Anaconda is an uninspired monster movie about, you guessed it, a giant anaconda. Dr. Steven Cale (Eric Stoltz) is an anthropologist searching the Amazon rainforest for the lost Shirishama tribe. Tagging along for the trip is his girlfriend, Terri Flores … Continue reading

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Chasing Amy - * * * 1/2*

Kevin Smith finds redemption after his mainstream misfire Mallrats, and creates a finely crafted romantic comedy about a guy falling in love with a lesbian. Holden McNeil (Ben Affleck) and Banky Edwards (Jason Lee) are best friends and the creators … Continue reading

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That Old Feeling - *

That Old Feeling is a one note comedy without a good note. When Molly (Paula Marshall) is getting married to a young politician, her wedding is the cause to reunite her divorced parents, actress Lily (Bette Midler) and author Dan … Continue reading

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