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Tuesday, 18 May 1999 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Caddyshack 2 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: Jackie Mason, Robert Stack, Dyan Cannon, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd release year: 1988 film rating: One-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein The publisher of The Audio Revolution, Jerry Del Colliano, maintains that ‘Caddyshack II’ is the worst movie ever made. With all due respect to my employer, the competition for the status of the worst film in history is fierce and I cannot in good conscience say that ‘Caddyshack II’ has what it takes to earn that distinction. Some of the performers gamely give entirely decent performances under the circumstances; the script by Harold Ramis & Peter Torokvei, while inane, is at least more or less coherent, with an actual plot arc; technical credits are professional if certainly unspectacular; director Allan Arkush gets one genuinely funny shot of a dancing poodle. However, ‘Caddyshack II’ is still remarkably lame.
Tuesday, 18 May 1999 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Divine Madnes 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: R starring: Bette Midler release year: 1980 film rating: Three stars sound/picture: Three stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein ‘Divine Madness’ holds up remarkably well almost 20 years after it was made. Director Michael Ritchie filmed Bette Midler -- "the Divine Miss M," as she still bills herself -- in concert at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in 1980. Time, of course, doesn’t usually change our perspective on great song delivery, but a nice surprise here is that most of Midler’s between-songs banter hasn’t dated, either, proving that a good dirty joke (and there are zillions of them here) has a healthy shelf life.
Tuesday, 18 May 1999 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: The Hudsucker Proxy 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: Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Newman release year: 1994 film rating: Three Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein Those who best know Coen brothers, producer Ethan and director Joel, who write as a team, from their work on ‘Fargo’ should be aware that they hadn’t quite hit their stride yet with this film, though it has flashes of brilliance. ‘The Hudsucker Proxy’ is an idiosyncratic send-up that’s a little too on-target for its own good. The movie sends up the work of Frank Capra in particular and more generally, every ‘30s and ‘40s flick that centers around an average Joe with high ideals and/or a tough-talking dame who finally melts when she’s finally confronted with a truly decent fellow.
Tuesday, 11 May 1999 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Time Bandits 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: Anchor Bay Entertainment MPAA rating: PG starring: Craig Warnock, David Rappaport, John Cleese, Sean Connery, David Warner, Ralph Richardson, Ian Holm release year: 1981 film rating: Three Stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Terry Gilliam's second film as a solo director is a classic example of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. Most people remember Time Bandits as a very funny movie, full of imagination, visually exciting. But the movie is all over the place, with the sequences scattered through time occurring in what seems to be random, arbitrary order. And the style of the sequences is just as arbitrary; Sean Connery is impressively masculine and dynamic as King Agamemnon of ancient Greece, a sequence treated as seriously -- but far more realistically -- as any Hollywood epic. But this follows the sequence with John Cleese as a very cheerful, highly anachronistic Robin Hood, full of veddy British bonhomie; his dialog is studded with ...
Tuesday, 30 March 1999 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Burglar 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 starring: Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Goldthwait, G.W. Bailey, John Goodman release year: 1987 film rating: Two-and-a-Half Stars sound/picture: Three Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein In its affable, half-kidding way, ‘Burglar’ is a reasonably watchable murder mystery, good-natured and bloodless as an episode of ‘The Rockford Files.’ In fact, in several respects, the film bears more resemblance to a segment of a light-hearted weekly crime show than it does a stand-alone film. It seems to be crafted with an expectation that we will quickly familiarize ourselves with -- and like -- Bernice "Bernie" Rhodenburr (Whoopi Goldberg), enjoying her company so much that we won’t mind the fact that her adventures are fairly run-of-the-mill for the genre.
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