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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Enough Intelligence to Satisfy the Average Viewer., 7 June 2003
5/10

REAL GENIUS stars Val Kilmer as a smart but irresponsible college student who is teamed with a high school overacheiver (Gabe Jarret) to work on a laser project, and both are later to learn that military police plan to use the project as a secret weapon. Average teen comedy has a slow start but eventually gets more interesting as it progresses. Though Kilmer and many of the others give fine performances, Deborah Foreman, of VALLEY GIRL fame, steals the show in a brief role as a girl Kilmer has eyes for.

3 out of 5

Repo Man (1984)
5 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
Repo Without a Cause., 7 June 2003
5/10

REPO MAN is a fun sci-fi flick about an L.A. punk (Emilio Estevez) who gets pulled into the world of car reposession, with the main target being a strange '64 Chevy Malibu with aliens in the trunk. For a movie with cheap looking effects, this one stands out as an entertaining portrayal of an urban punk trying to be himself and not trying to fit in with the other punks, though some of the other actors barely make an impression and some performances are a little below par, but that's beside the fact that this is a movie worth watching.

3 out of 5

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Eddie Takes on the BHPD., 7 June 2003
7/10

BEVERLY HILLS COP stars Eddie Murphy as a Detroit policeman who tracks his buddy's killer all the way to Beverly Hills, having to contend with local police in the process. Murphy's first lead performance is not bad, but he is not as good here as he was in 48 HRS. and TRADING PLACES, and the other characters, except for Bronson Pinchot in a pre-Perfect Strangers role as an art gallery salesman, either seem like they don't fit or act like copycats from other movies. Murphy, however, saves this film from being a disappointment by making us laugh with his offbeat one-liners and hilarious chuckle very much intact.

3 out of 5

1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Disappointing Sequel to BHC., 7 June 2003
5/10

This sequel to the smash hit movie BEVERLY HILLS COP takes the Murphy character back to Los Angeles to solve a case of `Alphabet' crimes. Unfortunately, BHC2 is another one of those ordinary sequels that got made just because its predecessor was such a huge hit, therefore lacking the quality of the original. The major mistake of the movie comes from the storyline, which contains more bullets and not enough hilarity. There are a few funny bits, though, such as John Ashton falling into a swimming pool and the scene where Murphy picks on Playboy ladies man Hugh Hefner, but the movie's good moments can't compete with lousy acting or a crummy script.

2 out of 5

0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
It's a Mystery to Me That This is a Good Movie., 3 June 2003
3/10

MYSTERY MEN is a cheesy sci-fi comedy about a group of superhero wannabes who must rescue a real superhero who is held captive by an evil madman. Cheap-looking special effects and a muddled script are enough to make this movie easily forgettable. What was supposed to be a fun spoof of superhero movies has turned out to be a mess for its stars. The characters all act like they came fresh out of an old-fashioned comic book, and some of them even have powers that just don't make much sense, powers such as using a bowling ball as a weapon and being able to turn invisible only when no one's watching. Pretty weak.

1 out of 5

Fight Club (1999)
4 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
Entertaining, But Nothing Special., 27 May 2003
5/10

FIGHT CLUB stars Brad Pitt and Edward Norton as two men who form an underground club where people fight, and the hype catches on with people around the country. This is an entertaining movie with good leads and acceptable fight scenes, but it's barely passable at best. The plot is unbelievably dumb, there are a few plot holes and the story fails to make sense at some points. Pitt and Norton carry the film, but the other characters are one-dimensional and have little or no interest. The movie is well worth a watch, but it's still a disappointment.

2 out of 5

Rocky V (1990)
1 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Disappointing Finale to a Triumphant Saga., 27 May 2003
3/10

In this final chapter of the ROCKY series, the Italian Stallion, now broke and brain damaged from his last fight, faces a promoter who wants him to do another bout, an amateur boxer whom he agrees to train, and his own son who starts to feel neglected. This time around, even Stallone gives a weak performance, and Tommy Morrison fails to make an impression as Rocky's Robot Tommy Gunn. Sly's real-life son Sage, who plays Rocky Jr,, and Burgess Meredith's brief appearance as Mickey are the only characters with any interest. The bottom spot of the movie is the climaxing streetfight, which barely makes the film worth a watch.

2 out of 5

Rocky (1976)
A Knockout!, 27 May 2003
9/10

ROCKY tells the story of club boxer Rocky Balboa, who gets his shot at fame and the championship title thanks to the current heavyweight champ. Sylvester Stallone is surprisingly awesome in his first lead role and it is definitely Stallone at his best. The other characters are interesting as well, including Talia Shire as Rocky's girlfriend Adrian, Carl Weathers as the undefeated champ Apollo Creed and Burgess Meredith as Rocky's trainer Mickey. The training sequence and the climaxing match are also great moments. Brilliant entertainment.

5 out of 5

Rocky III (1982)
0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Well, You Can't Win 'Em All., 27 May 2003
6/10

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

In ROCKY III, the Italian Stallion loses the championship title to the ruthless Clubber Lang, Mickey dies and Apollo tries to get the former champ back on his feet for a rematch against the new champ. Stallone is good here, the training sequences steal the show (as always), and Mr. T's role as Clubber is not bad, but the story becomes predictable by halfway. As usual, sequels aren't as good as the original, but this one has its moments and is still very much a winner.

3 out of 5

Rocky IV (1985)
0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Entertaining Entry in a Saga That's Slowly Showing Its Age., 27 May 2003
5/10

In this third sequel to the smash hit ROCKY, the world is introduced to a Russian boxer named Drago, who can cause severe damage with a single punch. Drago demonstrates his strength by killing Apollo Creed in the ring, then the Italian Stallion challenges the Russian boxer himself, risking his own life. The saga gets weaker with every entry, and this entry loses its edge by the end, but the performances from Stallone, Dolph Lundgren (as Drago) and Brigitte Nielsen (as Drago's wife) make the movie well worth watching.

3 out of 5


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