Category Archives: 1996

Ransom - * * *

There are a lot of thrilling moments in Ransom, but the film that connects them can’t quite live up to the exiting highs. Mel Gibson stars as Tom Mullen, a billionaire who built an airline from the ground up. He … Continue reading

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Set It Off - * 1/2*

This hybrid of Waiting to Exhale and Dead Presidents is chock full of predictable situations and flat characters. The film opens strongly, as Frankie (Vivica A. Fox), a bank teller, recognizes one of the armed men who rob her bank. … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet - * * *

Very strange modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet has a few more hits than misses. Baz Lurhman directs this updated version of Romeo and Juliet. Although placed in a modern setting, the dialogue remains Shakespeare’s (for the most part, some … Continue reading

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Mother Night - * * 1/2*

Intriguing drama about a American spy in Germany stumbles after WWII ends. Nick Nolte stars as Howard Campbell, a playwright living in Germany in the 30s. When war seems imminent, a mysterious American (John Goodman) recruits Howard to become a … Continue reading

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Larger Than Life - * *

This elephant road comedy actually has a few good moments. Bill Murray is a self-absorbed motivational speaker. When his long lost father dies, he travels to the East Coast to claim his inheritance, only to discover that his father was … Continue reading

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Dear God - *

This lightweight comedy is so deathly earnest it forgot the humor. Greg Kinnear is Tom Turner, a con artist, who once caught, is sentenced to work in a steady job for a year. He manages to find a position working … Continue reading

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Bad Moon - 1/2*

An interesting twist can’t save this sloppily written werewolf tale. Michael Pare is an archaeologist whose exploration group has an unfortunate encounter with a werewolf. He is the only survivor, and now is cursed to transform into a half-man half-wolf … Continue reading

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When We Were Kings - * * *

When We Were Kings is an intriguing documentary about the 1974 heavyweight championship fight in Zaire between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. Focusing primarily on Ali, it briefly recaps his early career and then it turns to cover this pivotal … Continue reading

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The Twelfth Night - * * 1/2*

The latest adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is light but entertaining. Imogen Stubbs stars as Viola, who, shipwrecked in a foreign land, assumes the guise of Cesario. As Cesario, she finds employment in the court of the local Count Orsino … Continue reading

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The Sunchaser - * 1/2*

The Sunchaser is a rather incoherent buddy picture that strives for deep meaning, but misses it badly. Woody Harrelson is Dr. Michael Reynolds, a workaholic doctor with a rocketing career and a beautiful wife. Yet, he is still haunted by … Continue reading

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