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The Beach - * 1/2*

After Titanic, Leonardo DiCaprio had his pick of any role in Hollywood. He displayed courage by choosing a dark, offbeat project for his next starring role, The Beach. Unfortunately, The Beach is a washout, continuing the downward slide for director … Continue reading

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The Man in the Iron Mask - * * 1/2*

Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace makes his directoral debut with this adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ further adventures of the Three Musketeers. While not as good as his earlier film, The Man in the Iron Mask is entertaining. The three musketeers have, … 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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Marvin’s Room - * * *

Well acted, but not often believable, dysfunctional family drama. Meryl Streep stars as Lee, a domineering single mother/cosmetologist in Cleveland, who is raising two children. The eldest (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a semi-insane rebel, put in a mental institution after attempting … 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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The Basketball Diaries - *

Agonizing portrait of heroin abuse. Leonardo DiCaprio provides a powerful performance. However so much time is devoted to his descent into Hell, we never truly understand his redemption. After a grueling withdrawal and readdiction sequence, his subsequent recovery is breezed … Continue reading

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The Quick and the Dead - * * *

Sam Raimi’s over-the-top homage/sendup of old westerns actually succeeds in making Sharon Stone a believable gunslinger. The plot is rather predictable, however, from the start you know who will face whom in a series of gunfights. And a little bit … Continue reading

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