Tag Archives: Danny DeVito

The Big Kahuna - * * *

John Swanbeck directs this 16mm film starring Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito and Peter Facinelli as a trio of salesmen at an industrial lubricans convention in Wichita. Roger Rueff adapted his comic play. Previously titled Hospitality Suite. Capsule Review: Very obviously … Continue reading

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Drowning Mona - 1/2*

Nick Gomez directs this darkly comic mystery about the murder of a small town matriarch. Bette Midler, Danny DeVito, Neve Campbell, Casey Affleck, Peter Dobson, William Fichtner, Marcus Thomas and Jamie Lee Curtis star. Capsule Review: What was the cast … Continue reading

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Man on the Moon - * * 1/2*

Andy Kaufman was such a distinct comedic performer that it is surprising that it took this long to have a biopic devoted to his life. Director Milos Forman takes the helm, and in an unusual move, has cast Jim Carrey … Continue reading

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Living Out Loud - * * 1/2*

Living Out Loud is a rather unconventional romantic comedy, as if you couldn’t tell that by its unlikely leads: Holly Hunter and Danny DeVito. However, with strong characters and an unusual storytelling style, it slowly manages to win us over. … Continue reading

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John Grisham’s The Rainmaker - * * * 1/2*

Director Francis Ford Coppola tackles a rather mainstream film for his latest outing: a John Grisham adaptation. Not the most auspicious of genres, to be sure, but Coppola actually turns out one of the best adaptations, and a rather good … Continue reading

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L.A. Confidential - * * * *

It would be easy to label L.A. Confidential a nineties attempt a film noir, but it doesn’t quite fit. That overeager catagorization does a disservice both to the film and to the genre. Sure, the pulpy film takes place in … Continue reading

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Hercules - * * *

Disney’s latest animated adventure has plenty of flaws, but a solid sense of humor and an excellent villainous performance save the show. As has been the custom with Disney’s most recent cartoons, Hercules deviates wildly from its source material. In … Continue reading

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Mars Attacks - * * * 1/2*

With Mars Attacks, director Tim Burton has created not only an instant cult hit, but a very offbeat black comedy that parodies martian invasion films, disaster films, and many aspects of our popular culture. It begins in the time-honored disaster … Continue reading

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Matilda - * * 1/2*

Imaginative fantasy Matilda (Mara Wilson) is a genius born into an unappreciative family. Her father (Danny DeVito) is an unscrupulous used car salesman, with a lucrative stolen car parts business on the side. Her mother (Rhea Perlman) is a ditzy … Continue reading

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Get Shorty - * * *

Very enjoyable, though uneven, comedy comparing the world of organized crime to the world of Hollywood high rollers. John Travolta plays Chili Palmer, a Miami loan shark with a love for the movies. Through a quick series of twisty occurances, … Continue reading

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