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Review: 'Buddy Buddy'

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The script, based on the [1973] French Jacques Brel-Lino Ventura starrer L'emmerdeur, directed by Edouard Molinaro and written by Francis Veber, is one of the rare Wilder projects not initiated by…

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Review: 'The Verdict'

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There are many fine performances and sensitive moral issues contained in The Verdict but somehow that isn't enough to make it the compelling film it should be. David Mamet's script [from a novel by…

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Review: 'Poltergeist'

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Given the talents, Poltergeist is an annoying film because it could have been so much better. Certainly, the subject is interesting, a persistent parapsychological phenomenon that defies scientific…

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Review: 'Frances'

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Rare to the memory is a film like Frances which runs 140 minutes and its star is on the screen 85% of the time in one intense scene after another. It's quite an accomplishment for Jessica Lange and…

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Review: 'Monsignor'

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Lots of potential for a rare, absorbing, behind-the-scenes look at the Vatican is totally blown in Monsignor. Constructed as a scene-by-scene 'expose' of all sorts of nefarious goings-on in…

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Review: 'Deathtrap'

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Sidney Lumet is no stranger to stage adaptations. Despite its intermittently amusing dialog, however, Deathtrap comes across as a minor entertainment, cleverness of which cannot conceal its essential…

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Review: 'Who Dares Wins'

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Who Dares Wins is pulp fare about the politics of terrorism in which the anti-war movement is discredited as prone to reckless murder in the ironic name of peace. In this case, provocative premise is…

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Review: 'Star Struck'

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Picture is a raucous, 'let's put on a show' musical with a punk rock beat. Story centers on an enterprising 14-year-old entrepreneur Ross O'Donovan who has big career plans for his cousin, singer Jo…

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