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Tuesday, 01 June 2004 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: The Hidden 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 Video MPAA rating: R starring: Michael Nouri, Kyle MacLachlan, Clu Gulager, Claudia Christian release year: 1987 film rating: Three-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein Even if you’ve never seen ‘The Hidden’ before, parts of it may look familiar to you. That’s because this unjustly neglected science-fiction action thriller has been liberally "borrowed" from by other films and TV shows ever since its 1987 release. Writer Bob Hunt has concocted a superb villain from beyond the stars, and director Jack Sholder knows just what to do with him.
Tuesday, 25 May 2004 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 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: PG-13 starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Miranda Otto, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett, Bernard Hill, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Karl Urban, John Noble release year: 2003 film rating: Five Stars sound/picture rating: Four-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein It is exceptionally difficult for a fantasy film to get any serious respect from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Sure, there are wins for makeup and special effects and once in awhile production design, and there is the occasional nomination for Best Director or even Best Picture, but victory is rare. So when a movie that is pretty much the epitome of epic fantasy like “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” wins 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay (and, for audiophiles, Best Sound, Best Score by Howard Shore ...
Tuesday, 27 April 2004 |  Written by Paul Lingas  | 
title: Big Fish 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: Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter, Alison Lohman, Robert Guillaume, Marion Cotillard, Steve Buscemi, Danny Devito release year: 2003 film rating: Four and a Half Stars sound/picture: Four Stars reviewed by: Paul Lingas A truly remarkable film that combines Tim Burton’s bizarre and wonderful reality-twisting imagination with a heartfelt story of a son’s inability to reconcile his father’s past with the stories he is known to tell. “Big Fish” is one of Burton’s best films because it takes us back to the Burton of old, the one who showed the world in a different way to illustrate how each of us can see the same world differently, while planting within it the ever-present realities of family relationships. This is the premise of the film, where William Bloom (Billy Crudup), the estranged son of Edward Bloom (Albert Finney) and Sandra Bloom (Jessica Lange) returns home to tend to the ...
Tuesday, 27 January 2004 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country 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 Video MPAA rating: PG starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Christopher Plummer, Kim Cattrall, David Warner, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Mark Lenard, Brock Peters, Kurtwood Smith, John Shuck sound/picture: Four and a half stars film rating: Three and a half stars reviewed by: Bill Warren This was the final voyage of the Starship "Enterprise" under the command of Capt. James T. Kirk (William Shatner), the last time he would rally all of the original crew: half-Vulcan Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Dr. "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley) and the others. Sulu (George Takei) is off captaining his own Federation spaceship, but joins the others at the end. The last scene in the movie was also the last sequence filmed, and closes with a perfect last line: "Second star to the right, and straight on to morning." Even if you only sorta liked "Star Trek," this ending can be very affecting.
Tuesday, 16 December 2003 |  Written by Paul Lingas  | 
title: Escape From New York 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 Home Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasance, Isaac Hayes, Season Hubley, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau release year: 1981 film rating: Two and a Half Stars sound/picture: Three Stars reviewed by: Paul Lingas The year is 1997 (keep in mind that this was 17 years into the future from when the film was shot), and because of the skyrocketing crime rate in the United States, Manhattan has been turned into a maximum security prison. The prisoners are kept in by the rivers and by a 17-foot-high wall on the surrounding shores. Liberty Island has been turned into the command post. Due to a terrorist incident on board Air Force One, the President’s plane crashes in Manhattan and the President (Donald Pleasence) while safe in his escape pod, is captured by the inmates and brought into the clutches of the Duke (Isaac Hayes). Kurt Russell stars as ...
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