Tag Archives: Bill Paxton

U-571 - * 1/2*

Jonathan Mostow directs this WWII-set action thriller about a U.S. attempt to steal a top-secret encryption device hidden aboard a U-Boat. Matthew McConaughey will play the Navy captain sent on the mission. Bill Paxton, Jake Weber, Harvey Keitel, Jon Bon … Continue reading

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Mighty Joe Young - * *

They’ve remade King Kong, they’ve remade Godzilla, now Hollywood has set their sights on another giant animal from years past: Mighty Joe Young. But this updated remake is more of an example of modern special effects technology than of good … Continue reading

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A Simple Plan - * * * *

Crime doesn’t pay. Particularly in a world where the rule of Murphy’s Law is absolute. That’s the lesson learned by the characters in the well-acted, brilliantly written and intensely gripping drama, A Simple Plan. Hank Mitchell (Bill Paxton) has a … Continue reading

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Titanic - * * * *

James Cameron unveils the most expensive movie ever made, and it is an absolutely brilliant piece of work. The movie opens in present day, and the story of the Titanic is told in flashback. The film starts with a treasure … Continue reading

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The Evening Star - * *

This extra sappy sequel to Terms of Endearment just doesn’t fly. The film follows the further life of Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine), who, after the death of her daughter (in the prior film), is left to raise her three grandchildren … Continue reading

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Twister - * * *

Explosive effects-driven thriller that doesn’t try for any depth beyond the superficial, but doesn’t need to. Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt portray a married (though divorcing) couple of tornado chasers. When a rare and dangerous meteorogical condition throws a rapid … Continue reading

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Apollo 13 - * * * 1/2*

Excellent true-life drama of the Apollo 13 moon voyage. Tom Hanks leads the superb ensemble cast. The zero-gravity shots are amazing. Ron Howard’s direction provides excitement and suspense, even if you already know the outcome.

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