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Notebook Reviews: YOU’VE GOT MAIL

Nora Ephron – 1998. You’ve Got Mail is an enjoyable romantic comedy from director (and co-writer) Nora Ephron. This hit comedy is light and breezy and there’s no denying that there’s plenty of fun to be had. The film [...]

January 20, 2022

Notebook Reviews: ROMANCING THE STONE

Robert Zemeckis – 1984. Romancing The Stone is a rollicking good adventure movie with great turns from Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. How often do you get three star-making performances in one movie? Originally seen as an [...]

January 16, 2022

Notebook Reviews: THE BEST OF TIMES

Roger Spottiswoode – 1986.  The Best Of Times is a fun (if uneven) sports comedy with two excellent turns from Kurt Russell and Robin Williams. Roger Spottiswoode‘s film suffers a little because the drama and the laughs don’t [...]

January 15, 2022

Notebook Reviews: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

John Madden – 1998.  Shakespeare In Love is very enjoyable period romantic comedy-drama with an excellent cast. Both Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow deliver strong performances in the lead roles, but the stand-out turn is from Ben [...]

January 14, 2022

Notebook Reviews: ONE FINE DAY

Michael Hoffman – 1996. One Fine Day is an excellent romantic comedy starring George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer. There’s a real old-school charm to Michael Hoffman’s movie and aside from the updated technology, it feels like it [...]

January 7, 2022

Notebook Reviews: THE GRADUATE

Mike Nichols – 1967. A cinematic game-changer when it was first released in 1967, Mike Nichols‘ The Graduate still impresses after all these years. Sure, it’s dated a little but the film’s core message still rings true. [...]

January 5, 2022

Notebook Reviews: COUSINS

Joel Schumacher – 1989. Joel Schumacher directs this enjoyable romantic comedy starring Ted Danson, Isabella Rossellini, Sean Young and William Petersen. Danson is particular is a standout in a role which is quite different from his Cheers [...]

December 31, 2021

Notebook Reviews: SPHERE

Barry Levinson – 1998. Sphere is an under-appreciated, but enjoyable science fiction film from director Barry Levinson. The first 3/4 of this big screen adaptation of Michael Crichton‘s novel is great stuff, but the film literally loses [...]

December 29, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE NEGOTIATOR

F. Gary Gray – 1998. The Negotiator is an enjoyable suspense film with a very strong cast. This tense thriller is top-lined by Samuel L. Jackson and  Kevin Spacey, while J.T. Walsh, Ron Rifkin, David Morse and John Spencer fill out the [...]

December 27, 2021

Notebook Reviews: INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM

Steven Spielberg – 1984. Steven Spielberg‘s Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom is pure cinematic excellence. Everything about the film is great – the acting, the stunts, the effects and the script (from Gloria Katz and Willard [...]

December 21, 2021

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