Tag Archives: Robin Williams

Bicentennial Man - * * 1/2*

What does it mean to be a man? What are the essential qualities, the defining criteria? Based on a pair of Isaac Asimov’s stories, the robot drama, Bicentennial Man, asks these key questions. While its overall analysis is simplistic, there’s … Continue reading

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Jakob the Liar - * * 1/2*

Nearly a year after Life is Beautiful graced the movie screens, Hollywood serves up its own version of a Holocaust comedy. But where Life is Beautiful made all the right moves, Jakob the Liar goes a few steps too far … Continue reading

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Patch Adams - * * 1/2*

In Patch Adams, Robin Williams portrays a real-life doctor struggling to reform the impersonal medical system with a human touch. It’s a good premise, and Williams seems to be perfect for the role…perhaps a bit too perfect. The film is … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Harry - * 1/2*

Sex, guns, drugs, murder, dead bodies in cars, hookers, a non-linear storyline, lots of jump-cuts, pop cultural references and profanity. Sounds like a recent release from the latest Tarantino-wannabe, right? So what’s all this doing in a Woody Allen movie? … Continue reading

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Good Will Hunting - * * * *

Although it isn’t readily apparent before seeing the film, the title Good Will Hunting has a double meaning (made obvious by the main character’s name: Will Hunting). However, be it the intriguing story of one good man, or the uplifting … Continue reading

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Flubber - * 1/2*

In its infinite wisdom, Disney has decided to resurect The Absent Minded Professor. However, you may note that this remake bears the moniker Flubber instead. And thus begins the shift of focus away from plot and characters and toward mindless … Continue reading

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Father’s Day - * * 1/2*

Father’s Day is a mildly humorous comedy that, though enjoyable, doesn’t quite live up to the talents of its cast. Jack (Billy Crystal) is a high powered lawyer who shares one thing in common with Dale (Robin Williams), a struggling … Continue reading

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Hamlet - * * * *

Kenneth Branagh delivers an excellent uncut adaptation of William Shakespeare’s most famous play. Branagh directs and stars as Hamlet, the Danish prince. Julie Christie plays Queen Gertrude, and Derek Jacobi is Claudius, Hamlet’s uncle, now king. The casting follows the … Continue reading

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Jack - * 1/2*

Don’t be fooled by the ads. Jack is not a happy-go-lucky comedy. It is definately a comedy-drama, and not a very good one. Jack Powell (Robin Williams) is the first son of Karen (Diane Lane) and Brian (Brian Kerwin). Jack … Continue reading

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The Birdcage - * * *

It may take a while to get going, but once it does, The Birdcage is a farce to be reckoned with. Robin Williams plays Armand, the gay owner of a South Beach drag club who lives with its effeminate star, … Continue reading

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