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Seven Minutes in Heaven (1985)
Cute little coming of age comedy
Jennifer Connelly stars as a 15 year old girl who invites her platonic male friend to live in her house. Naturally rumors get started and and her boyfriend isn't too pleased either. A sweet movie that both parent and teen can watch and discuss together. Some brief partial nudity but nothing near what other "teen" movies have in them.
Connelly is gorgeous as always 6 of 10
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
Smart Intelligent movie.
James Spader stars as a college friend of a husband whose sister in law is having an affair. Spader videos women as they talk about their sex lives, getting them to divulge their deepest secrets to him..
A good movie that takes it time to develop. 8 iof 10
Schindler's List (1993)
A great film..
What else can be said about this masterpiece by Steven Speilberg about Oskar Schindler who did anything he could - including bribery - to employ jewish workers in his munition plants which resulted in saving over one thousand jews from the nazi slaughter. In a way it is troubling to say this movie is great and is a favorite because of the terrific horror of the subject but Speilberg makes it a poignant memorial for those who lived through the holocaust and a reminder to those who were too young to have remembered that these atrocities did happen and such hatred should never present itself again. 10 of 10
sex scandal brings down british government..
Christine Keeler and Bridget Fonda star in this dramatization of the Profumo government scandal that overturned a political party and had much more profound effects on others... well made movie with great performances.. 7 of 10
Scent of a Woman (1992)
a bit overwrought but a good movie nonetheless
Chris O'Donnel stars as a prep school student who cares for a bitter, blind retired army colonel - overplayed by Al Pacino - who received an Oscar nevertheless- Gabrielle Anwar has only a small part in the film as Pacino's tango partner. A good film with an ending that will keep you watching.. 7 of 10
The Ryan White Story (1989)
Excellent telling of the tragic life of Ryan White
Lukas Haas stars as Ryan White, the young boy who became the poster child for young AIDS victims.. the movie tells the story of his life and its ups and downs as he struggles with the disease and ignorance of the people around him. 8 of 10
Running on Empty (1988)
river phoenix comes of age to fugitive parents
River Phoenix stars as a coming of age teenager whose parents are fugitives from the vietnam war protest era who must frequently be on the run to keep one step ahead of the law.. of course, this causes some problems for Phoenix as he becomes a man.. good drama and good acting by all the main characters 6 of 10
intense story of reporters adventures in civil war el salvador
James Woods stars as a photographer who faces the cruel and punishing effects of civil war and social injustice on the people of El Salvador. A visually stunning film from Oliver Stone that forces you to examine the U.S. role in other countries. 7 of 10
The Piano (1993)
not in perfect tune...
Holly Hunter plays a mute who expresses her thoughts and moods through her piano which she had brought over with her daughter. Arriving to a predetermined marriage to Stewart (Sam Neill) she engages in a sometimes cruel battle of passion and revenge with a fellow settler, played by Harvey Keitel.. WHile the cinematography and score are outstanding along with the acting, the story itself falls a bit flat as it progresses ever so slowly.
Holly Hunter does her own piano playing. 5 of 10
A soldier's story..
Charlie Sheen plays a new soldier to Vietnam who experiences first hand the true horror of war as well as the senselessness of the war in Vietnam.. He is soon caught in the middle of a battle for his soul between Berenger and Dafoe.. A truly unforgettable film 10 of 10