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Monday, 20 December 2004 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Where The Red Fern Grows 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: Dody-Dayton MPAA rating: PG starring: Joseph Ashton, Dabney Coleman, Ned Beatty, Dave Matthews, Denise Faia, Mac Davis, Andrew & Stuart Dickinson, Kris Kristofferson director: Lyman Dayton, Sam Pillsbury film release year: 2003 DVD release year: 2004 film rating: One Star sound/picture rating: Two Stars reviewed by: Bill Warren The much-loved novel by Wilson Rawls was filmed earlier, in 1974, and successful enough to generate a sequel. This unnecessary and unsatisfactory remake took a long time to reach the screen, and went through a couple of directors. Ultimately, it had very little theatrical distribution, but was picked up by Disney for this DVD release. They shouldn’t have bothered.
Tuesday, 05 October 2004 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Black Beauty 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: Paramount Home Entertainment MPAA rating: G starring: Mark Lester, Walter Slezak theaterical release year: 1971 DVD release year: 2004 film rating: Two-and-a-Half Stars sound/picture rating: Three Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein The 1971 film version of “Black Beauty” – there have been other versions before and since, including an award-winning TV British TV series in the ‘70s and Caroline Thompson’s excellent 1994 feature – is a very curious adaptation of Anna Sewell’s groundbreaking book. First published in the late 1800s, Sewell’s story about the title horse, told from the horse’s point of view, was notable for being one of the first pieces of literature to seriously plead for people to pay attention to the welfare of domestic animals. While this British film (shot in Ireland and Spain) certainly doesn’t encourage animal cruelty, it misses the point of Sewell’s book. The problem is not so much that it changes around Sewell’s episodic narrative to a great degree, but rather that it ...
Tuesday, 07 September 2004 |  Written by Bryan Dailey  | 
title: Rounders (Collector's 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: Miramax MPAA rating: R starring: Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Turturo, John Malkovich, Gretchen Mol, Martin Landau film release year: 1998 DVD release year: 2004 film rating: Three-and-a-Half Stars sound/picture rating: Three-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Bryan Dailey ”Rounders” was just a few years ahead of its time. You need only channel surf for about five minutes at any given time of the day to run across poker or a card game of some kind being shown on TV. From ESPN to The Travel Channel to Game Show Network, poker – Texas Hold 'Em in particular – has seen an unbelievable boom in popularity on television in the past year. Some say this new-found popularity for poker on TV was thanks to the movie “Rounders.”
Tuesday, 10 August 2004 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Freaks 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: NR starring: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Harry Earles, Daisy Earles, Roscoe Ates, Daisy & Violet Hilton, Rose Dione, Schlitze, Josephine Joseph, Johnny Eck, Angelo Rossitto director: Tod Browning film release year: 1932 DVD release year: 2004 film rating: Three Stars sound/picture rating: Three-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Bill Warren In 1931, the release of both “Dracula” and “Frankenstein” created a new genre: the horror movie. Both were very popular, and other studios scrambled to come up with horror movies of their own. MGM, considered (largely by itself) to be the Cadillac of the studios, held back. Their problem was that they had a star who’d made successful movies for them that were grotesque enough to teeter on the edge of horror. This was Lon Chaney (Sr.), the Man of a Thousand Faces, who died unexpectedly in 1930.
Tuesday, 01 June 2004 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Guilty By Suspicion 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: Robert De Niro, Annette Bening, George Wendt, Patricia Wettig release year: 1991 film rating: Three stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein In one of those twists of fate few could have predicted, 'Guilty By Suspicion' seems a lot more relevant to current events now than it did when it was released back in 1991. The sight of daily government hearings full of vitriol and circular logic may indeed be unbearably familiar to anybody who's turned on the news lately.
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