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Tuesday, 21 August 2001 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: The Goonies 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: Warner Home Video MPAA rating: PG starring: Josh Brolin, Sean Astin, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, Ke Huy Quan, Corey Feldman, Jeff Cohen release year: 1985 film rating: Three Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein If "The Goonies" had been made circa 1970, 10-year-olds would have thought they’d died and gone to movie Heaven. It’s likely a lot of 10-year-olds may react the same way today, though they’re at the same disadvantage as the rest of us – we’ve all seen "Raiders of the Lost Ark," which played for real (within its fairytale terms) where "Goonies" keeps stepping back from itself and saying, "Just kidding." This can’t possibly be a coincidence – Steven Spielberg not only executive-produced "Goonies" (with Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy), but he also supplied the original story from which writer Chris Columbus (now director of "Harry Potter") derived the screenplay. Although "Goonies" is directed by Richard Donner, there’s no mistaking the Spielberg-in-family-mode touch in this story ...
Tuesday, 21 August 2001 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Batman The Movie: Special Edition (1966) 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: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment MPAA rating: PG starring: Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith, Frank Gorshin release year: 1966 film rating: Three-and-a-Half Stars sound/picture: English Stereo, English Mono, French Mono reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein Before we get started, it’s probably a good idea to clarify exactly which "Batman: The Movie" is under discussion, because – "Holy plethora!", as Robin might say – there sure are a lot of them out there. For the record, this isn’t the Tim Burton version starring Michael Keaton, nor is it any of the recent animated renditions. This is instead the tie-in version to the 1960s TV series, starring Adam West as the Caped Crusader and Burt Ward as his sidekick, the Boy Wonder. Anybody with vague childhood memories of the old "Batman" show can be excused for groaning and eye-rolling – because if you’ve only ever seen this as a kid, either in first ...
Sunday, 05 August 2001 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: X-Men 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: 20th Century Fox Home Video MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Famke Janssen release year: 2000 film rating: Four Stars sound/picture: Four Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein Here’s a pretty solid test of a film’s entertainment value – watch it on DVD when it’s still fresh in your mind from theatrical viewing and see how it holds up. If it engrosses you all over again, it’s a keeper. Such is the case with ‘X-Men,’ a huge hit when it was released in theatres this summer. One doesn’t need to be familiar with the enduring Marvel Comics series it’s based on to enjoy it. ‘X-Men’ is more than vigorous enough to earn its action stripes, but also thoughtful enough to satisfy those who want plant and characterization along with their explosions.
Tuesday, 01 May 2001 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Superman 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: Warner Home Video MPAA rating: PG starring: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Valerie Perrine, Marc McClure, Glenn Ford, Phyllis Thaxter, Susannah York, Terence Stamp release year: 1978 film rating: Four-and-a-half stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Yes, you really did believe a man can fly, and now maybe you'll believe something equally improbable: that Warner Bros. can issue a truly outstanding DVD. Because this edition of 'Superman' (which, incidentally, was never called 'Superman: The Movie') is terrific, with interesting extras, great sound and a beautiful, color-perfect print. The version included here includes quite a few scenes that were omitted from the theatrical version; not only is each indicated with an asterisk on the printed list of chapters, but they're isolated, too -- easily accessible on their own. What more could a loyal Kryptonian want from this movie?
Tuesday, 24 April 2001 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: The Mummy (Ultimate 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: Universal Studios Home Video MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, Arnold Vosloo, Kevin J. O’Connor, Oded Fehr release year: 1999 film rating: Three-and-a-Half Stars sound/picture rating: Four-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein Although "The Mummy" has a horror title, it is much more in the spirit of "Raiders of the Lost Ark." While "The Mummy" doesn’t entirely provide the pure adrenaline rush of its most obvious source of inspiration, it is good, popcorn-munching fun.
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