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Tuesday, 01 February 2005 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Die Hard With A Vengeance function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L. Jackson, Graham Greene release year: 1995 film rating: Three and a half stars sound/picture: Three and a half stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein While the ‘Die Hard’ series are available separately, it is sort of fun watching them one after the other to compare and contrast. For instance, Bruce Willis’ John McClane starts out the first movie feeling blue and looking a little weary due to a marital separation and the disorientation of being a New Yorker enduring a Los Angeles Christmas. In ‘Die Hard 2’ -- although he gets frazzled soon enough -- McClane starts out happy to be meeting his wife at a New York airport in the December snow. In the third installment, ‘Die Hard With a Vengeance,’ we’re back in the Big Apple. It’s finally summer in the city (as the song on the soundtrack ...
Tuesday, 25 January 2005 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Back To The Future (From The Complete Trilogy) function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Universal Studios Home VideUniversal Studios Home Video MPAA rating: PG starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover release year: 1985 film rating: Three-and-a-Half Stars sound/picture: Three-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein “Back to the Future” is a quintessential ‘80s fantasy film. It’s almost impeccably constructed from a story standpoint, bright, cheery – and manages to be pretty charming despite a kind of chipper pop culture generic nature that can make it slightly rough going for those who never took to, say, “Happy Days” and “Grease.” “Back to the Future” follows the adventures of teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), who suffers from a slight lack of self-confidence due in part to his home life, where his under-achiever, cowed father George (Crispin Glover) and alcoholic, prim mother Lorraine (Lea Thompson) ineffectually watch Marty and their other two kids (Marc McClure and Wendy Jo Sperber) drift unhappily. Marty gets a lift ...
Tuesday, 21 December 2004 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: King Arthur function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();  tudio: Touchstone Home Entertainment MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Clive Owen, Ioan Gruffud, Keira Knightley, Ray Winstone, Steohen Dillane, Stellan Skarsgård. Mads Mikkelsen, Joel Edgerton, Hugh Dancy, Ray Stevenson, Til Schweiger director: Antoine Fuqua film release year: 2004 DVD release year: 2004 film rating: Two-and-a-Half Stars sound/picture rating: Four Stars reviewed by: Bill Warren To show that the distributor thinks it’s an important movie, this DVD comes in a slip case—even though there’s only one disc, and the plastic case is standard size. This peculiar method of suggesting quality applies, to a degree, to the movie itself. It’s a Jerry Bruckheimer production, shot on very green Irish locations, and so it’s full of young people and action. There’s more action—violence, anyway—than in the theatrical print. That ran 120 minutes and was rated PG-13; the DVD version is 139 minutes, and much more graphically violent; this action represents the better part of the added running time. There’s a brief scene of Arthur’s boyhood that may not have been ...
Tuesday, 30 November 2004 |  Written by Bryan Dailey  | 
title: Spider-Man 2 (Superbit Edition) function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); <br> studio: Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons film release year: 2004 DVD release year: 2004 film rating: Four Stars sound/picture rating: Four and a half Stars reviewed by: Bryan Dailey I’m going to just come right out and say it. I hated the original “Spider-Man” movie. I am not a comic book fan per se, but I grew up as a kid looking forward to this movie as a result of owning a few “Spider-Man” audio books and also the live action sequences from the PBS show “The Electric Company.” As countless bad CGI-driven superhero films came and went, from “Godzilla” to “The Hulk,” I feared that there would be a lame plot for “Spider-Man,” relying heavily on CGI.
Tuesday, 07 September 2004 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Die Hard function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Alan Rickman, Reginald Vel Johnson release year: 1988 film rating: Three stars sound/picture: Three-and-a-Half stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein The original ‘Die Hard’ has practically become synonymous with the epitome of a non-science-fiction action film. It is therefore surprising on revisiting the movie to see how long the pyrotechnics take to get underway. Twenty minutes into the film, in Chapter 5, there’s some quick, one-sided gunplay; we’re all the way into Chapter 8 before there’s a major fight with sustained gunfire. The running-jumping-blasting-bodies-flying ruckus that everybody remembers kicks in for real on Chapter 14. It’s a credit to the mood sustained from that point on by director John McTiernan and screenwriters Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza, adapting Roderick Thorp’s novel, that the impression left afterwards is one of nonstop conflict.
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