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Big (1988)
0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
A Big Improvement., 13 June 2003
8/10

Tom Hanks gives one of his best performances in this feelgood family comedy about a young boy who wishes he was big, and gets his wish. Considering all his previous ventures, SPLASH was the only early Hanks vehicle with any interest, and now comes BIG, which is not only a fun movie to watch, but it's also the best of the Kid-Inside-An-Adult-Body movies, and probably the only good one out there. BIG is a well-made movie that will always be with us for a really long time. Bravo for Hanks.

4 out of 5

2 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
Not Very Smart., 13 June 2003
3/10

THE MAN WITH ONE RED SHOE is a typical 80's Tom Hanks flick about a man mistaken for a spy. There isn't much to say about this one. The story is not really interesting and the movie tries to hard, becoming tedious by halfway. Not a solid move for Hanks and the movie is a big disappointment. Recommended only to diehard Hanks fans.

1 out of 5

Volunteers (1985)
1 out of 11 people found the following review useful:
Unmotivated and Ultimately Empty., 13 June 2003
2/10

Tom Hanks stars in this sorry comedy as a gambler who is deeply in debt. He narrowly escapes his bookies and winds up working with the Peace Corps. Cheap laughs are the focal point of this dumb flick. The performances are very poor and the motive is not very thoughtful. John Candy does little to heighten the film. One of the many huge disappointments of Hanks's early career.

1 out of 5

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Poitier and Cosby Make This Film Worth Watching., 11 June 2003
6/10

Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby star in this sporadically funny vehicle as two guys who try to recover their personal possessions after being robbed of them at a nightclub. Poitier and Cosby have great chemistry, and the movie is well directed by Poitier himself, but the premise is a bit too contrived, and the plot doesn't seem to go all the way. Not recommended for everyone, but African-Americans and fans of the two leads won't be disappointed.

3 out of 5

5 out of 21 people found the following review useful:
Wasted Acting Squeezes This Movie Into Obscurity., 10 June 2003
1/10

THE SQUEEZE is a pathetic excuse for a film, let alone a comedy. Michael Keaton stars with Rae Dawn Chong in this awful film about a guy who gets caught up in a crime rap of some sorts. People would rather go play in the park instead of watching this pure waste of celluloid. A wasted cast and a tedious script easily makes this one of the most worthless flops in cinema history.

0 out of 5

1 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
Obey Your Master., 9 June 2003
4/10

Berry Gordy's THE LAST DRAGON is not quite as successful as it seems. The movie is actually another plain-old ordinary kung fu flick. Taimak stars as a would-be karate master who is sent to New York, where he faces a shogun and falls for a deejay who's the target of a greedy manager. If there is one good thing that came out of this movie, it's the Bruce Lee flashbacks. Everything else is typcal 80's and typical kung fu, and the most worthy kung fu movies are the ones starring Bruce Lee himself. Only fans of this kind of genre will find anything interesting here.

2 out of 5

Top Gun (1986)
1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
One of the Best of the Best., 8 June 2003
8/10

Tom Cruise is riveting in this over-the-top ode to flight school as a fighter pilot who competes against other pilots in an elite training program, and has eyes for his instructor (Kelly McGillis), and things start to heat up between the two leads. Cruise and McGillis have great chemistry, but the best scenes involve the ongoing confrontation between Cruise and Val Kilmer, as one of Cruise's flight opponents. The jet plane sequences are also interesting and also make the film an amazing success.

4 out of 5

7 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
Completely Defenseless., 8 June 2003
1/10

BEST DEFENSE is a desperately unfunny comedy starring Dudley Moore and Eddie Murphy. Moore is an enigineer who is designing a new tank. Murphy is an Army soldier who takes the tank into combat in Kuwait. Dreary acting is not the only bad thing that comes out of this sorry turkey. After a failed test run, the filmmakers thought they could save grace by adding Murphy to the cast, but that only made things worse with plot holes and a nonsense story, resulting in one of the biggest mistakes ever.

0 out of 5

8 out of 15 people found the following review useful:
The Only Thing in This Movie That Falls Apart is the Movie Itself., 8 June 2003
2/10

Tom Hanks and Shelley Long star in this disappointing comedy as a couple who discover the home of their dreams, then get more than they bargained for when almost everything they touch gets destroyed. Unpleasant excuse for a comedy that tries to impress its audience with cheap screwball jokes, but the jokes here aren't funny. I'm just glad that this movie was made before Hanks became famous, because it's a ridiculous vehicle for him and also one of Steven Spielberg's most forgettable yawners.

1 out of 5

1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Beverly Hills Flop., 7 June 2003
3/10

Eddie Murphy goes back to Beverly Hills for another below par adventure, this time to investigate corruption at a popular theme park called Wonderworld. This third installment has many things that just don't work, including the annoying Wonderworld theme song and the absence of John Ashton. The filmmakers even went as far as providing a love interest for Murphy, but that falls flat as well. Even with John Landis behind the camera, the humor isn't there. The only thing that makes the film worth watching is the return of Bronson Pinchot from the original COP movie.

1 out of 5


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