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Jack Frost (1998)
0 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Frost-Bite., 12 December 2003
4/10

Michael Keaton stars as a struggling musician who spends more time with his band than with his family. He dies in a car accident one winter evening and then returns one year later in the form of a snowman. JACK FROST isn't really a terrible movie; it actually starts out as a good, touching family flick, right up to when the snowman comes to life. That's when the film plunges downward, with weak special effects and a predictable story that does not allow the film to take off. Kelly Preston is the film's only attraction; she gives a likeable performance and saves the film from being an utter mess. Still a disappointment, though.

2 out of 5

Lucas (1986)
10 out of 13 people found the following review useful:
A Touching and Emotional Teen Drama., 5 December 2003
8/10

Haim gives his overall best performance as the 14-year-old title character who has a crush on new girl Green and they bond during the summer, but by the time school begins, he gets teased by the jocks and Green leaves him out in the cold and has eyes for football hunk Sheen, who has become Lucas's bodyguard. Fraught with rejection and neglect, Lucas attempts to prove himself worthy by trying out for the football team, which he knows is no easy task for a boy his age. Unlike many other teen movies, LUCAS gives us a character that we can actually relate to, and the other characters fit in perfectly. One of the best teen movies of the 80's.

4 out of 5

9 out of 20 people found the following review useful:
Well Worth Your Money., 20 November 2003
5/10

MONEY TALKS is a good showcase for Chris Tucker, who utterly saves the project from being a disappointment. Here, he plays a street hustler who is wrongly accused of murder. Charlie Sheen is the reporter who risks his engagement to his fiancee (Heather Locklear) to help Tucker out. While the action isn't all that good, Sheen and Tucker's chemistry makes up for it in this above-average comedy.

3 out of 5

23 out of 29 people found the following review useful:
If You Want to See Just One Martin Lawrence Movie, This Is the One to See., 28 October 2003
6/10

NOTHING TO LOSE is Martin Lawrence's finest hour and is really one of the very few films to showcase his comedic talent. Lawrence plays a jobless carjacker who meets a depressed executive (Tim Robbins) who is having a very bad day. The two team up for a wild adventure consisting of robberies, car chases and other encounters while being pursued by not only the police, but two rival criminals as well. While the chemistry between Lawrence and Robbins is quite strong, the highlight of the film is Lawrence at home getting his face smacked repeatedly by his mother. Simply put, this is Martin Lawrence's best movie.

4 out of 5

Burglar (1987)
2 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
There Should Be a Law Against Making Movies Like This., 27 October 2003
2/10

BURGLAR is a stupid outing for Whoopi, who plays a cat burglar who witnesses a murder and becomes wanted for it. Now she has to find the person responsible for the murder before it's too late. Everyone seems wasted in this film, and not even Goldberg is any help this time. At least her role in JUMPIN' JACK FLASH was interesting. She took the money and ran on this one, resulting in a film with poor acting and lack of direction. A near-total waste.

1 out of 5

4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
It's a Run Out of Gas Gas Gas., 27 October 2003
3/10

Typical Goldberg fare in which she plays a banker who communicates with a "Secret Agent" with the code name Jumpin' Jack Flash while being pursued by a group of spies. Goldberg has good potential here, and the film has an interesting premise, but it doesn't deliver much and the supporting actors fail to bring much life into it. Whoopi's performance saves the film from being a major disappointment.

2 out of 5

Jury Duty (1995)
10 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
Pauly Being Pauly., 17 October 2003
2/10

JURY DUTY is exactly what you would expect from Pauly Shore: obnoxious, silly and ridiculous. Here, Shore plays a jobless boy who decides he can get himself a free hotel room by posing as a juror for a murder trial. Usually, I give movies what they deserve, but since Shore never made a good movie, I have to give him credit. I mean, here is another guy whose movies were successful at the box office, but had little or nothing to show for it. If you are a fan of Pauly, I doubt you will be disappointed. Others beware, for JURY DUTY will be a real trial to sit through.

1 out of 5

0 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Outrageous Failure., 11 August 2003
5/10

Bette Midler and Shelley Long play two total opposites who hate each other. When they discover they both have the same boyfriend, they set out to find him, with just about everyone in pursuit of them. Basic comedy starts off good, but gets silly and uninteresting as the movie progresses. Midler and Long have decent chemistry, but it is not enough to make this film a real success.

2 out of 5

12 out of 13 people found the following review useful:
It's Well Worth Your Time., 31 July 2003
7/10

Excellent urban drama depicting the lives of three friends who work at a car plant, and plan revenge on their boss. Pryor is great in the lead role, which is probably his best performance in a movie. Schrader does a fine job in his directorial debut and makes this film a pure enjoyment. Bravo for Keitel and Kotto in their supporting roles. A highly underrated film that deserves much better than it got.

4 out of 5

Hollow Man (2000)
Hollow Is Just the Right Word to Describe This Film., 31 July 2003
3/10

Kevin Bacon has come up with a theory that a man can become invisible, and decides to test the project on himself. However, the theory backfires when the project turns out to be irreversable and Bacon soon becomes a psychotic killer. This film has some good special effects, but other than that, this is just your typical slasher movie, with uninspired acting and a poorly written script. Watch this only if you like special effects.

1 out of 5


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