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  • Rumble Fish

    Rumble Fish

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    “Rumble Fish” is more stylish than “The Outsiders”, thanks to some exciting long takes by Coppola and beautiful black & white cinematography by Stephen Burum. However, it’s also a less accessible film than “The Outsiders” because there isn’t much of a story. It’s more of an experimental hangout movie than anything.

    Matt Dillon and Mickey Rourne are convincing as brothers, but I didn’t care about their characters. It would have been nice to have more scenes of Dennis Hopper as their…

  • Peggy Sue Got Married

    Peggy Sue Got Married

    ★★★½

    Funny and entertaining. But the central defect of the movie is Nicolas Cage’s performance; I don’t know why he thought a cartoonish nasal voice would work for his character, but it doesn’t. He and Kathleen Turner have no chemistry, and they reportedly hated working with each other (Cage later sued Turner for saying things about him that weren’t true).

    The opening scenes are particularly clumsy. The old age makeup on Turner and Cage is hilariously unconvincing. We’re supposed to believe…

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  • Bridge of Spies

    Bridge of Spies

    ★★★★½

    I am not sure yet if this is a masterpiece, but based on my first viewing, I can say with certainty that it is a great, exceptionally well-made film, with all-around great acting, great cinematography, great editing and great screenwriting. It's wonderful to see Tom Hanks giving such a commanding and charismatic lead performance in a movie again. He really carries us through this complex story, and we fear for him every step of the way as he makes his…

  • Ghostbusters

    Ghostbusters

    For all its noble, politically correct intentions, this movie completely fails to work.