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Eight Men Out Review


Excellent
When the White Sox lost the 1919 World Series, baseball's first scandal was born. We've seen bigger and better rows since then, but the Black Sox of 1919, with star player "Shoeless" Joe Jackson front and center, might be the most timeless. Cusack steals the show as George Weaver, who protested his innocence all the way. But it's the stories (Sayles's best film) of how baseball mistreated its stars and how gangs ran just about everything in Chicago that make the movie worthwhile.

Beaches Review


Terrible
In the history of men going to the movies, there are few horrors as singularly terrifying as the movie Beaches. With its combination of precious tragicomedy plot, copious singing, and Bette Midler, the horror trifecta is already complete. But there's plenty more: Not only is Midler heard here singing about her tits (her words), Mayim "Blossom" Bialik plays the 11-year-old version of brazen Bette. Chills don't get much colder than this.

Watching the 1989 movie today, it's not just an unabashed chick flick, it's also revealed as a plain-old Bad Movie. For starters, it's not really about anything, instead preferring to work (or not) as a collection of loose scenes that illustrate the ups and downs of two friends (Midler and Barbara Hershey) from their pre-teens to the grave. Things happen, but not much. The film's only real plot point comes in the last act (spoilers ahead if you care), when Hershey's character croaks on us, sticking Midler with her daughter.

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