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Looking Back: Summer School (1987)

I recall a Colorado drive-in movie theater that once had both Paramount’s “Summer School” and “Back to the Beach” on the same bill. That might have been the greatest drive-in movie double feature, ever. While I won’t defend the Carl Reiner directed “Summer School” as a great American comedy, especially in comparison to the wonderful, under-looked “Back to the Beach” …

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Looking Back: Class Act (1992)

The term “rapper-turned-actor” has seen some highs but too many lows. The problem is infusing a talent from the music world into a film role worthy of their talents. Ice-T, Eminem and Queen Latifah are among the few who broke through and found roles that complimented their abilities. On the other hand, “Class Act” showcases how even an enjoyable, talented …

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Looking Back: Batman Returns (1992)

Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” was the biggest summer movie hit of 1992. Its also one of Burton’s most peculiar, as it defies sequel-izing the first film in favor of exploring the darker shades of its disturbed protagonists. Many have noted how Burton’s 1989 “Batman,” while truly one of his signature films (and a terrific one at that), was reworked heavily …

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Looking Back: G.I. Jane (1997)

As of this writing, there are currently no female Navy SEALS. Although women are now permitted to undergo the famously grueling training course, potential applicants have yet to step up. Technically, the first ever female Navy SEAL is named Kristin Beck, though she served as Chris Beck before transitioning into a woman after her military service. While it is a …

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Looking Back: Blue Crush (2002)

In John Stockwell’s “Blue Crush,” Kate Bosworth (in her first starring role) plays Anne Marie Chadwick, a gifted surfer who lives in Hawaii and is still scarred psychologically from wiping out three years earlier. As a major surfing competition looms, she works as a maid in a hotel and shares a home with her sister (Mika Boorem of “Hearts in …

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Looking Back: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

When it was first announced that Disney was making a movie based on their Pirates of the Caribbean ride, it sounded like a disaster waiting to happen. Imagine, if you will, a movie based on a 36-year old theme park attraction, starring the always-game Johnny Depp, the star of “Bend It Like Beckham,” and the guy who played the blonde …

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Looking Back: Alien Resurrection (1997)

Late into Jean Pierre-Jeunet’s “Alien Resurrection,” Winona Ryder’s Call asks Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley this question: “Why do you go on living? How can you stand what you are?” It’s the key exploration of this movie, which adds another dimension and vital theme to the durable franchise. Ridley Scott’s 1979 “Alien” was about Ripley’s survival, James Cameron’s 1986 “Aliens” was …

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Looking Back: Alien 3 (1992)

They say, In Space No One Can Hear You Scream. It can also be said that, After Alien 3, You Can Hear a Pin Drop. This was my experience with David Fincher’s debut film, which I saw in a packed theater on opening night at the Wharf Cinema Center. The 1992 summer movie season was just getting started and it …

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Looking Back: Over The Top (1987)

It makes perfect sense that Sylvester Stallone, at the height of his powers as an 80’s mega-movie star, would make a PG-rated action movie for kids. Over time, Stallone would make a massive comeback, regain his status as an actor (and not merely a Movie Star) and, against all odds, become an Oscar contender. By the mid-1980’s however, Stallone’s career …

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Looking Back: Newsies (1992)

If you bring up Disney’s “Newsies,” most will note that it’s a beloved 2012 Broadway musical, a rousing stage show about the 1899 New York City newsboy strike. Following an acclaimed run on Broadway, the show continues to travel and appear in theaters to this day. There was even a recent Fandango event where a production of “Newsies” was broadcast …

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