Category Archives: 1995

Dracula: Dead and Loving It - 1/2*

Slow and unfunny spoof on everyone’s favorite bloodsucker. Leslie Nielsen is Count Dracula, in this Mel Brooks film that roughly follows Bram Stoker’s tale. Dracula comes from Transylvania to London, where he desires to make the lovely Mina his undead … Continue reading

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Cutthroat Island - * 1/2*

Mediocre pirate action flick. Geena Davis is the pirate Morgan Adams, hunting down her grandfather’s fabled treasure. The treasure map was divided in three and divided among her father and her two uncles. Of course, one of her evil uncles … Continue reading

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Balto - * *

Surprisingly unengaging animated adventure set in Nome, Alaska. Balto is the hero of the story, half-wolf and half-husky. He yearns for acceptance, but his only true friends are a Russian duck, a pair of water-shy polar bears, and a female … Continue reading

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Nixon - * *

Great performances help redeem director/screenwriter Oliver Stone’s twisted fiasco. Anthondy Hopkins takes the title role, which somewhat follows the life and presidency of Richard Nixon. Oliver Stone chooses to tell the story mostly in flashback. He starts with the final … Continue reading

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Cry, The Beloved Country - * * * 1/2*

Moving portrait of 1940s South Africa and two of its men. James Earl Jones stars as a country priest who travels to Johannesburg to locate his lost relatives. However, he doesn’t find what he wishes. His sister has become a … Continue reading

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The City of Lost Children - * * *

Astounding imagery combine with bizarre characters and comedy in this dark and twisted French fairy tale. A lonely inventor decides to create a family to keep him company. Unfortunately, his creations do not turn out as planned. His beautiful wife … Continue reading

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Sabrina - * * * 1/2*

Delightful fairy-tale remake of the Humphrey Bogart/Audrey Hepburn romantic comedy. Julia Ormond is in the title role; she is the daughter of the chauffeur to the rich Larrabee family. Harrison Ford is Linus Larrabee, the elder of two brothers, and … Continue reading

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Jumanji - * 1/2*

A loud and flashy distraction. Jumanji is part comedy, part action-adventure, and part horror film. The title (which loosely translates to “Many Things”) refers to an evil board game. At each roll of the dice, a jungle obstacle or adversary … Continue reading

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Heat - * * * *

Excellent crime drama. Robert DeNiro is criminal mastermind Neil McCauley, an expert in split-second high-stakes robberies. Al Pacino is Vincent Hanna, an obsessive cop who will stop at nothing to nab his man. When McCauley and crew come to town … Continue reading

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Sense and Sensibility - * * * 1/2*

Wonderful adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel. Emma Thompson wrote the screenplay, and stars as Elinor Dashwood, the eldest of three sisters, and the embodiement of sense and prudence. Kate Winslet plays her younger sister, Marianne, who is full of passion … Continue reading

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