Category Archives: 1997

The Man Who Knew Too Little - * 1/2*

A little repetitive and only mildly humorous, The Man Who Knew Too Little marks another substandard outing for Bill Murray. Wallace Ritchie (Bill Murray) is a clueless American celebrating his birthday by dropping in unexpectedly on his brother James (Peter … Continue reading

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The Jackal - *

The Jackal is a sloppy, sloppy thriller (and not in terms of blood and gore). Characters get tangled, the plots vanish without a trace, and even the action sequences seem second-hand. After the FBI assists the Russian government pin a … Continue reading

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Starship Troopers - * *

Bugs. Who likes ’em? The enjoyment you get from watching Starship Troopers is similar to the pleasure felt from a loud “ZAP” from a bug zapper. And about as deep. In the future, humans are at war with the Arachnids … Continue reading

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Mad City - * *

How hard is it to pick on the media? I mean, besides used car salesmen, politicians and television evangelists, it’s pretty difficult to come up with someone more untrustworthy. Mad City stirs up a big commotion over the corruption of … Continue reading

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Eve’s Bayou - * * * 1/2*

Mysterious and alluring, Eve’s Bayou is a lyrical film taking the audience into a vivid world. With realistic characters, plenty of atmosphere, and an intelligent script, it’s a journey worth taking. The story focuses on the Batiste family in Eve’s … Continue reading

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Bean - * 1/2*

After an impressive worldwide performance, Bean, the film adaptation of the British television comedy Mr. Bean, makes its debut in the United States. Rowan Atkinson, the British comic who plays the lightwitted Mr. Bean, is probably most well known to … Continue reading

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The Wings of the Dove - * * 1/2*

The Wings of the Dove is a slow, but lavish, period piece based on Henry James’ novel. It is interesting to watch, but as a tragic love triangle, the film is not fully satisfying. Kate Croy (Helena Bonham Carter) is … Continue reading

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Critical Care - * * 1/2*

Critical care is a hit-and-miss satire of the health care industry. It’s hits come in the form of a finely complex ethical dilemma. However, it misses when it veers off into blatant fantasy. Dr. Werner Ernst (James Spader) is a … Continue reading

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Switchback - * 1/2*

SwitchBack is yet another “hunt the serial killer” film. It tries to apply a twist to the rapidly tiring genre, by mixing the traditional elements with a cross country road movie (something which was done with much greater success in … Continue reading

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Red Corner - * *

Richard Gere’s views about China are well know. That is why when you see him starring in a film about China, such as Red Corner, you know it’s not likely to paint a flattering view. However, he could have made … Continue reading

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