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Tuesday, 21 December 1999 |  Written by AV News  | 
title: Total Eclipse 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: New Line Home Video MPAA rating: R starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, David Thewlis, Roman Bohringer, Dominque Blanc release year: 1995 film rating: Two Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein If you want to play a really nasty trick on - or just test the loyalty of - one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s more starry-eyed admirers, who knows the young actor primarily from his work in ‘Titanic’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ suggest a viewing of ‘Total Eclipse.’ If said admirer is still a fan after watching this film, you’ll know the admiration is based in overall talent and not just personality, because here DiCaprio portrays someone you wouldn’t mind having flattened by a falling piano.
Tuesday, 21 December 1999 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: The Shawshank Redemption 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: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, James Whitmore, Mark Rolston, Jeffrey DeMunn release year: 1994 film rating: Four Stars reviewed by: Bill Warren It's mystifying that Warners Home Video didn't add more extras to the DVD of THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION. Although the movie wasn't a hit theatrically, it has done well on video, got several Oscar notations, won awards of other kinds, and on video, gained something even better: it has become a genuinely beloved movie, often cited by regular moviegoers (presumably the DVD market) as their favorite film of all time. It's only logical, then, to have given this film special treatment in the hottest new video format. But as they did with the film theatrically, Warner Bros. has again dropped the ball.
Tuesday, 21 December 1999 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: A Cry In The Dark 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 Video MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, Brian James, Charles "Bud" Tingwell, Dorothy Alison, Maurie Fields, Peter Hosking, Matthew Barker release year: 1988 film rating: Four stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Partly because it was released when jokes were being made about Meryl Streep trying on every accent available in English, A CRY IN THE DARK was somewhat overlooked when it was released, and is rarely mentioned today outside Australia, where the true story is set. But it's an involving, almost haunting movie about justice gone wildly wrong; Streep does do an Aussie accent, and does it perfectly. Her performance is among her best, and co-star Sam Neill's may actually be his best. It's the story, however, that makes A CRY IN THE DARK so gripping.
Tuesday, 07 December 1999 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: The Spitfire Grill 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 Video MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Alison Elliott, Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden, Will Patton, Kieron Mulroney, Gailard Sartain, John M. Jackson, Louise De Cormier release year: 1996 film rating: Three and a half stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Perhaps the best way to view THE SPITFIRE GRILL is as a movie version of a small town legend. The acting and production values are very strong, but the story feels simultaneously contrived and heart-felt, as if this isn't the way things happened, but the way those who remembered the events wished they had happened. Except, that is, for the movie's badly misjudged ending, which demolishes one of the central themes of its own story -- that redemption is possible without paying a terrible price.
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 |  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: Warner Bros. Family Entertainment starring: Alan Cumming (voice), Sean Bean, David Thewlis, Jim Carter release year: 1994 film rating: Four Stars sound/picture: Three-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein Director/screenwriter Caroline Thompson’s adaptation of Anna Sewell’s classic 19th-century animal tale ‘Black Beauty’ remains one of the unsung best pictures of 1994 and one of the best family films of the ‘90s. Loving, impassioned, beautiful to look at and faithful to the source material, this version is the perfect cinematic mate to its literary source. Thompason has adapted Sewell’s novel in a clean, straightforward style while reveling unapologetically in the wonder of horses. Thompson daringly preserves Sewell’s manner of storytelling, with the horse Black Beauty relating his saga in his own words. Although Beauty does not converse with humans nor (in this film) with his fellow beasts, he conveys his thoughts to us via voiceover. His attitude is so warmly matter-of-fact, with a slight plaintive tinge now and then - credit actor ...
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