These reviews were written between 1983 and 1996, as each movie was released. The reviews were published in a nieghborhood weekly paper whose audience was primarily families. Aiming toward this somewhat conservative readership, I tried to describe how the movies' content might be offensive to certain viewers, when this was called for. [Keep in mind that my comments about potentially offensive material were written at the time I saw the movies; when I say something like "lots of vulgar language," by 21st century standards it might not be so bad.] I also tried to give suitability information, when appropriate, for parents. I had young children myself during this period. I scanned the reviews from the paper and converted them to webpages without doing much editing. Some of my opinions of some of these movies have changed over the years, but the reviews here remain as I wrote them on first viewing the films, with an occasional "hindsight note" added when I just couldn't resist it. The dates given with the reviews were the dates of publication.
For a few years in the middle of my movie critic "career" I published lists of favorite movies. Here are PDFs of those listings: 1984 • 1986 • 1987
Click on the letter group below for the title of the movie you want to see.
My rating system, more or less:
If you haven't seen it yet, go out and rent it TONIGHT
Definitely worth a look, even if you usually don't like the stars or the kind of movie
Could go either way
Only if you are REALLY bored
Not even if it's free
*I didn't start using stars until late 1989, so ratings for movies older than that have been added after the fact.
Special categories of movies:
NOTE: These categories do not encompass all the movies reviewed.
Internet Movie Database • Roger Ebert's movie reviews
It's not exactly a movie review, but I wrote an extensive paper for a film criticism class on my all-time favorite movie, The Godfather, Part II. You can read it here.
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