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Sunday, 06 June 2004 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: The Butterfly Effect 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: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Eric Stoltz, William Lee Scott, Ethan Suplee release year: 2004 film rating: Three-and-a-Half Stars sound/picture rating: Three-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein “The Butterfly Effect” takes its title from a line in a Ray Bradbury short story, in which a seemingly insignificant change to the past results in a totally different future. The movie actually sets up an arguable premise – all of the totally different futures have certain linkages that seem counter to the central idea (if everything changes, why are there always common factors?), but on the whole, it’s a pretty engrossing and inventive sci-fi thriller with borderline horror elements.
Tuesday, 01 June 2004 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Pacific Heights 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: R starring: Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine, Michael Keaton, Beverly D'Angelo, Laurie Metcalf, Dorian Harewood, Luca Bercovici. release year: 1990 film rating: Three stars reviewed by: Bill Warren PACIFIC HEIGHTS is an attempt at an urban thriller based on an unusual threat -- the loss of a house -- and it almost works, due to Melanie Griffith and the powerful, eerie performance of Michael Keaton. Matthew Modine tries hard, but the role called for someone intensely likable, and Modine simply isn't. He's a decent enough actor, but the camera doesn't "love" him, and his character is bad-tempered and impulsive, so we lose sympathy for him, and patience with the film, all too quickly.
Tuesday, 01 June 2004 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Frantic 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: Harrison Ford, Emmanuelle Seigner, Betty Buckley, John Mahoney, Yorgyo Voyagis release year: 1988 film rating: Four stars reviewed by: Bill Warren First of all, "Frantic" isn't. The title suggests, clearly, a frenetic, pell-mell pace, but the film delivers a slow, careful buildup to a moderately-paced climax. It's consistently interesting -- you keep watching -- but it's not as exciting or suspenseful as the Alfred Hitchcock thrillers that were obviously its model. Director Roman Polanski has always been best at internal suspense, rather than external, and the latter is what we have here. (Notice that in "Chinatown," "Rosemary's Baby" and his other best films, what happens is not as important as the characters' attitudes toward the events.) Nonetheless, in its own quiet way, "Frantic" builds up a good deal of tension by the time of its climax beside the Seine. This is one of the few suspense movies that probably works better ...
Tuesday, 01 June 2004 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Final Analysis 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: Richard Gere, Kim Basinger, Uma Thurman, Eric Roberts release year: 1992 film rating: Two-and-a-half stars reviewed by: Bill Warren ‘Final Analysis’ is one of those peculiar films that exudes a strange fascination despite itself. The longer it goes, the sillier it gets, yet the plot twists -- outrageous as they are -- compel us to keep watching. Richard Gere stars as Dr. Isaac Barr, a San Francisco psychiatrist who hires himself out as an expert defense witness in insanity cases when he’s not treating his regular patients. When he complains wistfully to a friend of his life’s monotony -- "I just want to be surprised" -- we know he’s in a for a major dose of "be careful what you wish for." One of Isaac’s newest clients is Diana (Uma Thurman), a beautiful young neurotic who may be reacting to a past trauma. When Diana urges Isaac to confer with ...
Tuesday, 01 June 2004 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Incognito 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: Jason Patric, Irene Jacob, Ian Richardson, Rod Steiger release year: 1997 film rating: Two and a half stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein ‘Incognito’ has an unconventional premise and a great visual style. Unfortunately, it takes so long to get its plot engine revving and has such a charmless protagonist that it’s hard to remain engaged by the proceedings. Jason Patric stars as Harry Donovan, an embittered expert art forger who, when we meet him, is in the process of being arrested for murder. We then flash back to the start of Harry’s troubles four months earlier, when he agrees to "forge" an undiscovered Rembrandt.
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