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  • 10 (1979) 2.0 stars rated: R

    A comedy of male menopause. The hero, a Hollywood songwriter with personalized license plates that read "ASCAP," is explicitly a product of an earlier, more romantic era, and is quite nakedly a stand-in for writer-director Blake Edwards. Edwards's conscientious efforts to adopt liberal, open-minded, up-to-date attitudes lead him onto some ...

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    Duncan Shepherd
  • 10,000 B.C. (2008) 1.0 stars rated: PG-13

    Prehistoric Low Camp. The archetypal Hero’s Journey, at its earliest starting point: the outcast of a mountain clan, who appear to wear bird droppings on their faces, wending his way past woolly mammoths, giant man-eating gobblers, a saber-toothed tiger, across the Sea of Sand to the Head of the Snake ...

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    Duncan Shepherd
  • 101 Dalmatians (1961) 2.0 stars rated: G

    The drawing is a little meager compared to the finest work of the Disney animators; also is afflicted with a bad case of the cutes. But the storyline picks up conspicuously when it moves beyond a couple of frightfully bourgeois dalmatians and introduces several different breeds of dog, as well ...

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    Duncan Shepherd
  • 101 Dalmatians (1996) 1.0 stars rated: G

    Awkward and long-winded translation of the 1961 Disney animated feature (and anti-furrier fable) into live-action. The dogs are adorable, even eloquent, but hardly as obedient as their cartoon forebears; and Glenn Close's dognapping offenses seem mild next to her overacting. With Jeff Daniels and Joely Richardson; directed by Stephen Herek.

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    Duncan Shepherd
  • 101 Reykjavik (2000) 1.0 stars rated: NR

    Comedy of sexual confusion, revolving around an Icelandic couch potato who has a New Year's Eve fling with his mother's lesbian lover ("I never cheated on my mother before"). That partner, a Spanish flamenco dancer, turns up pregnant at the same time as the potato's unwanted girlfriend. Tart, earthy, thick-skinned, ...

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    Duncan Shepherd
  • 102 Dalmatians (2000) 0.0 stars rated: G

    Plus assorted other breeds, plus one loquacious parrot, plus a rehabilitated (not for long) Cruella De Vil ("Please, call me Ella"). A higgledy-piggledy incoherent mess, busy enough and loud enough to distract the little ones, and dismay the bigger. Glenn Close, Ioan Gruffudd, Alice Evans, Gerard Depardieu; directed by Kevin ...

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    Duncan Shepherd
  • 10 to Midnight (1983) 1.0 stars rated: R

    A lot of time is spent, and a lot of blood spilt, to set up a situation so simple-minded that we will approve of Charles Bronson throwing out the legal code: "I remember when legal meant lawful," he philosophizes. "Now it means some kind of loophole." Unlike the high-strung sex ...

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    Duncan Shepherd
  • 10 Years (2012) 3.0 stars rated: PG-13

    The graduating class of Lake Howell High meets for its ten-year reunion. The student body appears to have been created in a petri dish: Hitler couldn't have engineered a more physically unblemished graduating class. In addition to the Tatums (Channing and Jenna Dewan), there's Ari Graynor, Justin Long, Max Minghella, ...

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    Scott Marks
  • The 11th Hour (2007) 1.0 stars rated: PG

    Doomsday documentary on the imminent destruction of Planet Earth if earthlings don't change their ways. As laid out by a big panel of deep thinkers, the what's-gone-wrong part of the film (roughly two-thirds of it) is pretty depressing; the what-can-be-done part (the remaining third) is not commensurately encouraging. Narrated in ...

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    Duncan Shepherd
  • 12 (2008) 0.0 stars rated: PG-13

    Russian revision of <em>Twelve Angry Men, </em>slightly “opened up” to no benefit (the makeshift jury room is a gymnasium), still stagy, wordy, overacted, mired in lengthy monologues, spun out in excess of two and a half hours. With Sergey Makovetsky, Sergey Garmash, Sergey Gazarov, Valentin Gaft, Alexey Petrenko, Yuri Stoyanov, ...

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    Duncan Shepherd
  • 127 Hours (2010) 1.0 stars rated: R

    James Franco’s impish appeal as outdoorsman Aron Ralston is caught between a hard place and two rocks: the stone that pins down his right arm in a Utah canyon and the clobbering boulder of director Danny Boyle’s “art.” Complicating the simple story are flashbacks, visions, jokes, music, and the hero’s ...

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    David Elliott
  • 12 Years a Slave (2013) 1.0 stars rated: R

    Hollywood continues to pay reparations for <em>Gone With the Wind</em> with this elegiac adaptation of Solomon Northrup’s autobiographical saga of a free black man forced into bondage for a dozen years. They might just as well have named it <em>The Passion of the Slave</em>. Chiwetel Ejiofor suffers well under the ...

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    Scott Marks
  • 13 Assassins (2011) 2.0 stars rated: R

    Think <em>The Seven Samurai </em>with a revisionist twist. Yes, there’s a villain with murderous henchmen terrorizing the countryside. Yes, a master samurai must gather a team to confront the bad guys. But this time, the villain is royalty, the kind of guy the samurai usually live to serve. And this ...

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    Matthew Lickona
  • 13 Going on 30 (2004) 0.0 stars rated: PG-13

    With a sprinkle of Wishing Dust, the disaffected young heroine, on her first day of teenhood, is spirited into her future life as a "thirty and flirty and thriving" editor of her favorite fashion magazine, <em>Poise</em>. Yet she's still thirteen in her head, with none of the knowledge, the experience, ...

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    Duncan Shepherd
  • The 13th Warrior (1999) 0.0 stars rated: R

    An<em> Arabian Nights</em> tale detoured into a Norse saga. (A little off the beaten path, too, for the author of the original novel, Michael Crichton.) Lots of gore, but lots more hair. John McTiernan's careening Steadicam slips and slides over every possible point of interest. The release was delayed so ...

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    Duncan Shepherd

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