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Batman (1989) Review


Excellent
Batman has changed over the years. He's gone from Holy Rusted Metal to hallucinogens, from campy to comedy and then back to campy. He's been through more first ladies than half of its leading men, and has seen more directors than an ingénue.

First up to bat in the Batman movies was Tim Burton, fresh off of Beetlejuice and right before Edward Scisscorhands. Burton's Gotham is a noirish nightmare that grabs you from the opening scene. Batman is still a spook story to criminals, but he's a rumor spreading like wildfire. Bumbling on the trail is jackass journalist Alexander Knox (Robert Wuhl), and the girl drawn to the mystery of the bat is Vicky Vale (Kim Basinger).

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A Star Is Born (1976) Review


OK
Here's another nominee in the increasingly crowded category of Most Unnecessary Remake: 1976's A Star Is Born, with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson picking over the bones of not one but three previous versions, most notably the 1954 musical epic starring Judy Garland and James Mason. It's a great story for sure, but this star turn for Streisand, which is hopelessly stuck in the bell-bottomed clichés of the '70s, hasn't aged well and isn't much fun to watch.

We first meet struggling singer Esther Hoffman (Streisand) as she performs a gig in an L.A. club backed up by two African-American women. Their name: The Oreos (groan). Into the club stumbles hirsute rock legend John Norman Howard (Kristofferson) on one of his daily benders. He loves her voice, she loves his... hair, I suppose... and soon, for no apparent reason, she's madly in love with him.

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Eyes Of Laura Mars Review


Good
Vaguely supernatural thrillers were a dime a dozen in the 1970s -- this one's about a controversial photographer (Faye Dunaway) who inexplicably begins having visions where she sees through the eyes of the local serial killer. Naturally she witnesses a bunch of murders, no one believes her, and soon he starts stalking her directly. While all eyes are on the creepy driver (Brad Dourif), any one of a half-dozen supporting actors could be The One. Absurd, yes, but it's got a certain '70s vibe that you usually only get from Gene Hackman and/or Clint Eastwood vehicles.

Wild Wild West Review


Weak
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

After the masterful Men In Black, Will Smith and Barry Sonnenfeld have reteamed for another oddball adaptation, but somewhere along the wagon trail to the Old West, they lost the magic that made MIB such a smash.

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A Star Is Born (1976) Review


OK
Here's another nominee in the increasingly crowded category of Most Unnecessary Remake: 1976's A Star Is Born, with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson picking over the bones of not one but three previous versions, most notably the 1954 musical epic starring Judy Garland and James Mason. It's a great story for sure, but this star turn for Streisand, which is hopelessly stuck in the bell-bottomed clichés of the '70s, hasn't aged well and isn't much fun to watch.

We first meet struggling singer Esther Hoffman (Streisand) as she performs a gig in an L.A. club backed up by two African-American women. Their name: The Oreos (groan). Into the club stumbles hirsute rock legend John Norman Howard (Kristofferson) on one of his daily benders. He loves her voice, she loves his... hair, I suppose... and soon, for no apparent reason, she's madly in love with him.

Continue reading: A Star Is Born (1976) Review

The Witches Of Eastwick Review


Good
This 1980s sensation turned a lot of heads with its scandalous tale of Jack Nicholson -- playing the devil, or at least a devil -- who woos three shrewish women in the small town of Eastwick (think Salem, Massachusetts), turning them essentially into his whores. Ultimately this is a platform for Nicholson to bust loose with what might be his most gregarious performance ever, an over-the-top phantasmagoria that distracts you from the largely absent plot.

Ali Review


OK
It saddens me to think that when most kids today see the name "Ali," they probably think of whipped-cream-bikini babe Ali Larter, not Muhammad Ali, "The Greatest," as he was wont to call himself -- as in the greatest fighter of all time.

Now, with Michael Mann's lengthy biopic of the heavyweight king hitting theaters, kids can think of former "Fresh Prince" Will Smith. And I'm still not sure if that's a good thing.

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Batman Review


Excellent
Batman has changed over the years. He's gone from Holy Rusted Metal to hallucinogens, from campy to comedy and then back to campy. He's been through more first ladies than half of its leading men, and has seen more directors than an ingénue.

First up to bat in the Batman movies was Tim Burton, fresh off of Beetlejuice and right before Edward Scisscorhands. Burton's Gotham is a noirish nightmare that grabs you from the opening scene. Batman is still a spook story to criminals, but he's a rumor spreading like wildfire. Bumbling on the trail is jackass journalist Alexander Knox (Robert Wuhl), and the girl drawn to the mystery of the bat is Vicky Vale (Kim Basinger).

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Wild Wild West Movie Review

Wild Wild West Movie Review

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