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A League of Their Own

A WOMAN’S PLACE IS ON HOME, FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD. When America enters World War II, Major League Baseball is forced to change; a newly formed women’s league attracts unorthodox players… and one very reluctant coach (Tom Hanks). Big (1988) director Penny Marshall reunited with the star of that film for another charming comedy, this … Continue reading A League of Their Own

Tower Heist

IT’S NOT JUST A ROBBERY. IT’S PAYBACK. When Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) and a group of employees at an exclusive NYC apartment building learn that one of the tenants, a Wall Street tycoon (Alan Alda), has embezzled their pension funds, they plot revenge. Certainly a heist movie for our times as the villain will remind audiences of Bernie … Continue reading Tower Heist

Ghost Town

HE SEES DEAD PEOPLE… AND THEY ANNOY HIM. Dentist Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais) can’t stand his patients, co-workers or anyone around him… which gets even worse when ghosts discover that he can see them and start hounding him with their unfinished business. A real star vehicle for Gervais who is always funny in unsympathetic roles … Continue reading Ghost Town

Hollywood Ending

IT’S GOING TO BE A SHOT IN THE DARK! Washed-up movie director Val Waxman (Woody Allen) is given a chance to revive his career by making a new, big movie, but faces obstacles when he’s stricken by hysterical blindness. A film from a period when Allen’s work felt a bit too light-weight. Once again it … Continue reading Hollywood Ending

Fun With Dick and Jane

SEE DICK RUN. When the corporation he works for goes down in flames, Dick Harper and his wife Jane (Jim Carrey, Téa Leoni) begin a life of crime, eventually targeting the slimy former head of the company. This remake of the 1977 Jane Fonda-George Segal comedy offers few laughs but an energetic performance by Carrey … Continue reading Fun With Dick and Jane

Spanglish

A COMEDY WITH A LANGUAGE ALL ITS OWN. Illegal immigrant Flor Moreno (Paz Vega) becomes a housekeeper in John Clasky’s (Adam Sandler) household, a home where everybody has issues to deal with. This film feels like a typical James L. Brooks experience; it even has ingredients similar to Terms of Endearment (1983). It is also … Continue reading Spanglish

Jurassic Park III

THIS TIME IT’S NOT JUST A WALK IN THE PARK! Paul (William H. Macy) and Amanda Kirby (Téa Leoni) head for the dinosaur islands to find their son who went missing there while paragliding; the couple trick paleontologist Alan Grant (Sam Neill) into reliving his worst nightmare. The third movie is surprisingly good; its sole ambition … Continue reading Jurassic Park III

House of D

SEE THE WORLD A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY. An American (David Duchovny) in Paris tells his wife what it was like growing up in Greenwich Village and hanging out with a retarded man (Robin Williams). Duchovny’s semi-autobiographical directing debut is a sweet story that depends almost entirely on its actors. Anton Yelchin is excellent as the 13-year-old; … Continue reading House of D

Flirting With Disaster

HAVE YOU FLIRTED YET? Young husband and father Mel Coplin (Ben Stiller) feels insecure; when he learns the identity of his biological parents, he decides to track them down. An original, entertaining film from an equally amusing director, a road movie about a man’s need to stand on solid ground as his life changes. The … Continue reading Flirting With Disaster

Deep Impact

OCEANS RISE. CITIES FALL. HOPE SURVIVES. Veteran astronaut Spurgeon Tanner (Robert Duvall) joins a mission into space to blow a comet off its course – life on Earth is in peril. In other movies of this genre we follow the survivors’ plight after the disaster has happened; this time everything leads up to the apocalypse in … Continue reading Deep Impact