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Tuesday, 28 January 2003 |  Written by Tara O'Shea  | 
title: Free Willy (10th Anniversary Special 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(); studio: Warner Home Video MPAA rating: PG starring: Jason James Richter, Lori Petty, Michael Madsen, Jayne Atkinson, Michael Ironside, August Schellenberg, Richard Riehle release year: 1993 film rating: Four Stars sound/picture: Three Stars reviewed by: Tara O'Shea In the tradition of "Flipper," "Free Willy" is the stirring tale of a boy and his deep and meaningful bond with his aquatic sea mammal pal. In this case, the boy in question is harmonica-playing troubled street kid Jesse (Jason James Richter). Abandoned by his mother, living by pan-handling and petty theft in the pacific Northwest, Jesse is caught by police while vandalizing the observation room of a struggling local theme park. Placed with the world's best foster parents (Michael Madsen and Jayne Atkinson) by a gruff but well-meaning social worker (Richard Riehle), Jesse is sentenced to clean up the mess he made and finds a new sense of self-worth through his friendship with equally rebellious orca, Willy (Keiko ...
Tuesday, 21 January 2003 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: 24 Hour Party People 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: MGM DVD MPAA rating: R starring: Steve Coogan, Shirley Henderson, Lennie James, Sean Harris release year: 2002 film rating: Four Stars sound/picture: Four Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein Talk about your added-value DVDs. “24 Hour Party People” doesn’t have nearly the amount of supplemental material of, say, the “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” set (although the two films do have something in common – more on that later), but it does have something that the movie itself makes you crave. This is an audio commentary from its principal subject, Tony Wilson, who adds a few more notches of usually hilariously dry perspective (and fact-checking) to this docudrama-style lesson in real-life rock ‘n’ roll history. Directed by Michael Winterbottom and scripted by Frank Cottrell Boyce, “24 Hour Party People” encompasses the years 1976 through 1992, showing us events that range from the truly tragic to the somewhat magical to the spectacularly ridiculous, as seen through the ...
Tuesday, 21 January 2003 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Dinner Rush 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: New Line Home Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Danny Aiello, Eduardo Ballerini, Vivian Wu, Mike McGlone, Kirk Acevedo, Sandra Bernhard, John Corbett, Summer Phoenix, Polly Draper release year: 2002 film rating: Three Stars sound/picture: Three Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein “Dinner Rush” is a modest Manhattan mixture of familial and crime drama, with the twist that the emphasis is on the former rather than the latter. Apart from two prologue sequences – one setting a mood of camaraderie between old friends and the other depicting a fatal chase through the snow, the entire story takes place in one extremely busy night at an upscale Manhattan trattoria, owned by Louis “Gigi” (short for “Luigi”) Cropa (Danny Aiello).
Tuesday, 03 December 2002 |  Written by Tara O'Shea  | 
title: Serpico 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: Paramount Home Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Al Pacino, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe, Biff McGuire, Barbara Eda-Young, Cornelia Sharpe, Tony Roberts, John Medici, Allan Rich release year: 1973 film rating: Five Stars sound/picture: Four Stars reviewed by: Tara O'Shea "Serpico" is based on the true story of the life of undercover New York police officer Frank Serpico (Al Pacino), an honest cop trying to expose the corruption that plagues the New York police force in the late 1960s. It's an uphill battle, as he fights not only his fellow officers’ scorn and hatred of his innate sense of justice, but the apathy of a system which accepts corruption as the norm. Serpico uses every available resource, but in the end, he is a man who simply wishes to do his job -- to serve and protect. He has no ambitions beyond that, and that desire is both his greatest strength and weakness, as his relationships with those around ...
Tuesday, 20 August 2002 |  Written by Mel Odom  | 
title: Jackie Brown (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(); studio: Miramax Home Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Robert De Niro, Michael Keaton, Bridget Fonda release year: 1997 film rating: Four Stars sound/picture: Four Stars reviewed by: Mel Odom Slick and smart, Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) is pinned against the wall by a gunrunning gangster and an aggressive Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agent. One misstep will mean her death. Carrying the black cloud of past sins over her head for the last 20 years, Jackie is currently barely making ends meet by working as a stewardess aboard a small airline featuring trips from Los Angeles to Cabo, Mexico. To help keep those ends tied, Jackie has also been moonlighting as a money courier for Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson), a gun dealer striving to go big time. Unfortunately, Robbie’s luck with finding honest people to work with in his chosen line of work is terrible. One of ...
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