Tag Archives: Thora Birch

Hocus Pocus

IT’S JUST A BUNCH OF HOCUS POCUS. During Halloween, a teenager (Omri Katz) in Salem, Massachusetts resurrects by accident three wicked witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who have been dead for 300 years… At the time of its premiere, neither critics nor audiences cared much for this fantasy/horror comedy, but it has … Continue reading Hocus Pocus

American Beauty: Beyond Italian Upholstery

… LOOK CLOSER. The story of how American Beauty, one of the most celebrated films of the 1990s, was made is the story of how a struggling TV writer tried to break into movies and a theater director with a flair for staging dark reinventions of musicals like “Cabaret” and “Oliver” got his huge breakthrough … Continue reading American Beauty: Beyond Italian Upholstery

Ghost World

ACCENTUATE THE NEGATIVE.  Enid and Rebecca (Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson) graduate from high school; too cool for this world, the girls are happy to leave their stupid classmates behind, but immediately begin to drift apart. The greatest asset of director Terry Zwigoff’s first fictional film is the actors. Birch is convincing as the teenager who … Continue reading Ghost World

Clear and Present Danger

TRUTH NEEDS A SOLDIER. As Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) climbs the CIA ladder, the president declares an illegal war on Colombian drug cartels. The sequel to Patriot Games (1992) was made by the same director, but suffers a bit from its length; it takes some time to sort out the complicated, political mess that Ryan gets entangled with. The … Continue reading Clear and Present Danger

Patriot Games

NOT FOR HONOR. NOT FOR COUNTRY. FOR HIS WIFE AND CHILD. After averting an IRA attack on members of the royal family in London, and killing one of the terrorist’s brothers, CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) becomes a marked man. The Ryan character, first introduced in The Hunt for Red October (1990), gets his own movie and a new star to … Continue reading Patriot Games