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Tuesday, 30 March 1999 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Running On Empty 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: Warner Home Video MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Christine Lahti, Judd Hirsch, River Phoenix, Martha Plimpton release year: 1988 film rating: Three-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein ‘Running on Empty’ is an intelligent drama with a lot on its mind. While it revolves around an extreme version of parental separation anxiety, it also encompasses a variety of ethical conundrums while being tender, often surprisingly funny and even suspenseful.
Tuesday, 16 March 1999 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Apollo 13 (DTS) 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 Home Video MPAA rating: PG starring: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, Kathleen Quinlan, Joe Spano, Chris Ellis, Marc McClure, Clint Howard release year: 1995 film rating: Four-and-a-half stars reviewed by: Bill Warren 'Apollo 13' remains Ron Howard's best movie as a director, compelling, well-acted, deeply involving and tightly focussed on its story, the near-disaster of the Apollo 13 moon voyage. Even on home video, this movie -- which like most big-scale films, still works better in theaters no matter how good your system -- retains its power and suspense. And the latter is Howard's finest accomplishment: the whole world knows that through a combination of luck, skill, training, ingenuity and focussed attention, the three Apollo 13 astronauts returned safely to Earth. But the movie still manages to be nail-bitingly suspenseful from almost the beginning until Tom Hanks' summing-up voiceover at the end. It's so engrossing as to be nearly hypnotic, with strong but self-effacing ...
Tuesday, 17 November 1998 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Dances With Wolves 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: Orion Home Video/Image Entertainment MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant release year: 1990 film rating: Four and a half stars sound/picture: Four stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein 1990's Oscar winner for Best Picture 'Dances With Wolves' is almost everything one can ask from an epic film: it's emotionally stirring without being sentimental, powefully acted and stunningly beautiful to look at--credit here to cinematographer Dean Semler, who creates the West of our dreams for the camera. Since its release, there has been something of a backlash against the popularity of 'Dances' and its director/star/producer (with Jim Wilson) Kevin Costner. Don't let the anti-hype or the post-'Prince of Thieves' Costner-bashing get to you. This is one instance where the initial acclaim is deserved.
Tuesday, 10 November 1998 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Stand And Deliver 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: Warner Studios MPAA rating: PG starring: Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rosana De Soto release year: 1988 film rating: Three and One-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein 'Stand and Deliver' has always seemed rather like a very smart, well-made TV movie, an impression that is greatly enhanced when it is viewed on the small screen. A fact-based story of academic achievement in the face of enormous odds, 'Stand and Deliver' is often quite entertaining, no mean feat for a story that is in the broad strokes David vs. Goliath but is specifically about high school math class.
Tuesday, 20 October 1998 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Lean On Me 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 Bros. Home Entertainment MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Morgan Freeman, Beverly Todd, Robert Guillaume, Alan North, Lynne Thigpen, Jermaine "Huggy" Hopkins, Karen Malina White release year: 1989 film rating: Two and a half stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Director John G. Avildsen began with independent films and scored a big hit with Joe in 1970; his next few films were anything but hits, including the well-regarded (but not by me) Save the Tiger in 1973. He was considered a kind of satirist, but couldn't seem to find his footing after Tiger -- at least not until he was hired to direct a screenplay written by a young actor who stubbornly refused to sell the script unless he himself played the title role. This was Rocky, and its terrific success validated Avildsen, for a while. But since he simply is not a very good director, just competent, his career slowly declined -- until The Karate Kid ...
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