Monthly Archives: July 1997

One Eight Seven - * 1/2*

You know the drill. There’s a tough classroom full of unruly kids. Enter a new, inspiring teacher. After some good, hard work the new teacher transforms the troublemaking class into an entourage of geniuses. High school drama after high school … Continue reading

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Good Burger - * 1/2*

It is difficult to convert a skit from a television show into a full length movie. For proof, see the countless Saturday Night Live spinoffs, or, if you dare, Good Burger. Derived from the popular sketch on Nickelodeon’s All That, … Continue reading

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Air Force One - * * *

Call it the “My Fellow Americans” syndrome. Any formula movie can be made better by making the main character a president. My Fellow Americans tackled the buddy road comedy, Independence Day used the formula for disaster pics, and The American … Continue reading

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Mrs. Brown - * * *

Mrs. Brown is an enjoyable and humorous period piece focusing on the out of the ordinary friendship between Queen Victoria and a Scottish highlander. After the death of her husband, Prince Albert, Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) retreated from public life … Continue reading

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Operation Condor - * * 1/2*

There’s some very good action, and not much else in Jackie Chan’s latest outing. Actually, the term “latest” doesn’t really apply, since Operation Condor is actually a trimmed and dubbed rerelease of his 1990 effort, Armor of God II. This … Continue reading

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Nothing to Lose - * 1/2*

Nothing to Lose is the prime example of what happens when a formula comedy runs out of gas. Absolutely nothing. No humor. No entertainment. The film just doesn’t go anywhere. Tim Robbins is Nick Beam, an advertising executive who seems … Continue reading

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George of the Jungle - * * 1/2*

As yet another nostalgic live-action treatment of an old television cartoon series, George of the Jungle didn’t have much going for it. The key asset of the klutzy Tarzan-wannabe was his catchy theme song. However, by sticking with the offbeat … Continue reading

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Shall We Dance - * * *

Shall We Dance is a charming Japanese comedy about an ordinary businessman who finds an escape from life in the world of ballroom dancing. Koji Yakusyo stars as Shohei Sugiyama, a happily married accountant whose routine life is steadily sinking … Continue reading

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A Simple Wish - 1/2*

I don’t know what child, or adult for that matter, would wish for A Simple Wish. This pathetic attempt at a children’s slapstick comedy is a mind-numbing bore. Martin Short stars as Murray, the only male graduate of Fairy Godmother … Continue reading

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Contact - * * * *

It has been awhile since Hollywood has delivered a serious science fiction drama. Most recent forays into SF tend to gravitate toward comedy (i.e. Men in Black, The Fifth Element), or action/thrillers (i.e. The Lost World, Face/Off). In addition, there … Continue reading

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