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Paul Reiser, Joe Mantegna, Ed Begley, Jr, Dabney Coleman, Dick Van Dyke, Ron Perlman, Kevin Pollack, Kevin Dobson, D.B. Sweeney and Guests - The late Peter Falk is honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 25th July 2013

Paul Reiser, Joe Mantegna, Ed Begley, Jr, Dabney Coleman, Dick Van Dyke, Ron Perlman, Kevin Pollack, Kevin Dobson, D.b. Sweeney and Guests
Paul Reiser, Joe Mantegna, Ed Begley and Jr
Paul Reiser, Joe Mantegna, Ed Begley and Jr
Councilmember Mitch O'farrell, Joe Mantegna, Leron Gubler, Paul Reiser, Ed Begley, Jr and David Green
Paul Reiser, Joe Mantegna, Ed Begley and Jr
Paul Reiser, Joe Mantegna, Ed Begley and Jr

Domino Review


Bad
The opening text of Domino informs the viewer that the film is based on a true story "sort of." It should also inform the viewer that it makes sense, entertains, and maintains focus on its main character "sort of." What it does far more consistently is annoy, disappoint, and remind the viewer of far better films they could be spending their time watching.

The story, very loosely based on the exploits of female bounty hunter Domino Harvey (Keira Knightley), follows our heroine as she grows dissatisfied with her socialite upbringing and embraces the darker side of law enforcement. Her mentor on this journey is legendary bounty hunter Ed Mosbey (Mickey Rourke), assisted by pseudo-comic relief Choco (Edgar Ramirez). That she meets these gentlemen as they try to scam hundreds of dollars off of would-be bounty hunters (including herself) doesn't dissuade her from trusting them with her new life.

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On Golden Pond Review


Excellent
The early 1980s were the best of times and the worst of times for movies. Hollywood produced a lot of entertaining blockbusters (the Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Terminator movies, Ghostbusters, Blade Runner, WarGames, Airplane!, Risky Business, and so on) which kept the movies fun and exciting. But Hollywood also produced a string of mainstream dramas like Sophie's Choice and Ordinary People which were punishingly grim, superficial, and shallow. Of course, most film critics at the time viewed the former with contempt, and praised the latter as the greatest works of art since Mozart.

On Golden Pond was definitely one of the latter category -- a manipulative, Oscar-ready mainstream drama. But surprisingly, it's not a bad movie.

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The Climb Review


OK
I don't mean to laugh, but when you put Dabney Coleman and Todd Bridges in a movie, you gotta chuckle a little bit.

But this is no piece of pop culture camp -- this is a serious melodrama about mountainclimbing and God, courtesy of World Wide Pictures, aka The Motion Picture Ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Unbeknownst to me, Billy's quite a movie producer -- with such recent titles as Something to Sing About and the Rat Race-takeoff Road to Redemption.

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Recess Christmas: Miracle On Third Street Review


Good
The teachers and principals of Recess reminisce about those rambunctious kids at Third Street School and how they've contirbuted to the holiday spirit -- whether trying to win a canned food drive or having to spend a weekend with the evil Ms. Finster.

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Inspector Gadget Review


Bad
I'll admit to watching the early 1980s' Inspector Gadget cartoon, and probably far too late in life.

Looks like now I'm waaaaay too old for this kind of thing, but judging by the mute stares of the many children in our advance screening audience, maybe they are too.

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North Dallas Forty Review


Good
In this highly-regarding yarn about a semi-fictional Dallas football team in the 1970s, we are treated to Nick Nolte as an aging wide receiver who faces a heartless management, brutal teammates, and overwhelming physical pain, just to play a game. Of course, the conceit here is that you must feel sorry for a professional football player. While I realize there's a lot of pain, discrimination, and overall ill will in pro sports (especially in the 70s), I just can't bring myself to care overly much. When Bill Gates gets a hangnail, I don't really empathize.

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Nine To Five Review


Very Good
Strangely enough, I just realized after seeing this film again today (1999) that Teaching Mrs. Tingle is a crude rip-off of this movie (three women take boss hostage at his own home to teach him a lesson). Who'd a thunk!?

Moonlight Mile Review


OK
Warning: This review is tainted by the author's prejudices against Moonlight Mile director Brad Silberling. In 1998, Mr. Silberling took it upon himself to remake Wim Wenders' metaphysical masterpiece Wings of Desire as the anemic Meg Ryan vehicle City of Angels. The quality of Mr. Silberling's film did not compensate for the audacity of the idea, and this critic forever placed a mark of dishonor on the director. This is worth mentioning in light of the discussion of Moonlight Mile that is to follow.

With that said, Moonlight Mile is only half bad. Sure, it's weepy and sentimental and fails to take full advantage of an emotionally fertile premise. But as a story of loss, self-discovery and rebirth it succeeds as much as it fails. If this were baseball, Moonlight Mile would be batting .500, which is good. But this is the movies, so half bad means two and a half stars.

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Tootsie Review


Excellent
Dustin Hoffman has been nominated for seven Oscars and has won two for roles in Rain Man and Kramer vs. Kramer. With an inescapable nose and smallish stature, he's one of the few talents able to prove that the business of entertaining isn't always dependent on looks. He'll play boring or annoying roles every now and then, such as Captain Hook, but whatever he takes on, he does it with style.

Before Tootsie, Hoffman had been known more for his dramatic appearances in such films as All the President's Men and The Graduate. He hadn't been involved with all-out comedy yet, whether for lack of industry faith or blind luck. So Tootsie was his first venture into this more mainstream audience area, and he more than filled the part. Which brings us to one of the greatest role-reversal movies of the 1980's, for which Hoffman was nominated by the Academy again (though he didn't win).

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Recess: School's Out Review


Weak

The bad guy in "Recess: School's Out" is a megalomaniacal ex-elementary school principal determined to do away with summer vacations by altering the orbit of the Moon so there's no more summer.

Voiced by James Woods -- one of Hollywood's greatest scenery-chewers -- this rakish, oily antagonist is by far the most amusing thing about this latest in a seemingly endless glut of cheaply animated TV 'toons cashing in on the purchase power of kids.

Such movies are not concerned with style, creativity or entertainment value for anyone of a discerning age. They don't even bother aspiring to be a "Toy Story," a "Pokemon") and rarely much more than just expanded episodes of the show that spawned them, blown up to 1.85:1 aspect ratio.

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Domino Movie Review

Domino Movie Review

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On Golden Pond Movie Review

On Golden Pond Movie Review

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The Climb Movie Review

The Climb Movie Review

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Moonlight Mile Movie Review

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