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List of "D" Movies

Dangerous Minds (1995) R drama

Michelle Pfeiffer gives a fine performance in this classroom drama as a schoolteacher who takes a job teaching a class of young ruffians. Her sweet disposition and petite figure work against her, but she soon grabs their attention with karate and candy bars and subsequently get them excited to learn. If it wasn’t cliché-ridden and if it wouldn’t take itself so seriously, this would have been a movie that’s not only remembered for having Gangsta’s Paradise played in it. It unsuccessfully tries to manipulate its audience, but it’s a fairly engaging film otherwise. Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Dzundza, Courtney Vance, Robin Bartlett, Bruklin Harris, Renoly Santiago, Ivan Sergei, Lorraine Toussant, Roman Cisneros, Beatrice Winde. Directed by: John N. Smith. C

Dante's Peak (1997) PG-13 thriller

Extremely corny dialogue and an vastly improbable plot is redeemed by beautiful scenery, dazzling special effects and edge-of-your-seat suspense. A small mountain town named is suddenly threatened by a supposedly extinct volcano. Well, as you may have guessed, Dante's Peak blows up and wreaks havoc on the entire town. The screenwriters would have been well-advised to do some revisions, but this is a usually satisfying effort. Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Charles Hallahan, Grant Heslov, Elizabeth Hoffman, Jaime Renee Smith, Arbella Field, Tzi Ma, Jeremy Foley, Brian Reddy, Kirk Turner. Directed by: Roger Donaldson. C+

Daredevil (2003) PG-13 action

Hollywood puppy dog Ben Affleck gets another huge paycheck for a rotten performance in this lousy comic book movie as a bad-guy-fighting superhero. The action scenes are tedious, however the script does have a few unintentional laughs. They accidentally let a good actor be in the film, Colin Farrell, who does pretty well with his poorly scripted character. Go see Spiderman again. Starring: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jon Favreau, Joe Pantoliano, Ellen Pompeo, David Keith, Erick Avari, Paul Ben-Victor, Derrick O’Connor, Leland Orser, Scott Terra. Directed by: Mark Steven Johnson. D+

Dark City (1998) R sci-fi

This science fiction thriller is already considered a classic in some circles and understandably so. Rufus Sewell stars as a man who is wanted for murder, but he cannot remember committing the crime. He lives in the strange title-town, which seems more and more like a fabrication. Even his past memories seem made up. This is an intriguing film and well worth a look or two. Starring: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Richard O'Brien, Ian Richardson, Colin Friels. Directed by: Alex Proyas. A

Dark Victory (1939) NR drama

This heavy-handed tearjerker stars Bette Davis as a wily socialite who gets brain cancer. Davis is as charming as usual and she carried this film on her shoulders well even though this film never threatens to be memorable. The real question, however, is: Are you the type of person who would whip out the handkerchief, or are you the type of person to gawk at the fact Ronald Regan is in this movie and he really wasn't that good of an actor. Humphrey Bogart, just before he became a Hollywood superstar, has a role as one of Davis' suitors. Starring: Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Regan, Henry Travers, Cora Witherspoon, Dorothy Peterson, Virginia Brissac. Directed by: Edmund Goulding. B

Dave (1993) PG-13 political comedy

When the president of the United States (Kevin Kline) dies in an humiliating circumstance, the Secret Service calls on Dave (also Kevin Kline), an average, ordinary guy who happens to be the splitting image of him (duh, because they're both Kevin Kline). Dave takes over the president's duty (well pretends to anyway) including the duty of being the first lady's new husband. Dave, even though he was never actually elected into office, feels that the government is out of line and takes the liberty of brushing up the nation. This is a winning political comedy that is enjoyable and amusing in exactly the right places. Kline turns in an excellent performance. Starring: Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella, Ben Kingsley, Kevin Dunn, Ving Rhames, Charles Grodin, Faith Prince. Directed by: Ivan Reitman. B+

Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2005) R documentary

If you want to watch a documentary about Dave Chappelle wandering around to a lot of places and trying to assemble people together to go to a hip-hop concert, then see this the first chance you get. If you don't think you'd still want to see this, then I'd still give it a chance. Michael Gondry directs this film, and he manages to capture not only the spirit of Dave Chappelle but hip-hop music even though hip-hop music sucks. Starring: Dave Chappelle. Directed by: Michael Gondry. B+

The Day After Tomorrow (2004) PG-13 action

This nature-destroys-all disaster film from the director of Independence Day makes a widespread alien invasion seem believable. A real utter piece-of-crap movie held together by a very capable cast, and I guess seeing Los Angeles being destroyed by a half dozen tornadoes was kind of cool. Overall, though, I’d totally skip this one. Starring: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum, Sela Ward, Dash Mihok, Ken Welsh, Jay O. Sanders, Austin Nichols, Perry King. Directed by: Roland Emmerich. C-

A Day at the Races (1937) NR comedy

Hailed to be the third funniest Marx Brothers flick falling short of A Night at the Opera and Duck Soup. A failing sanitarium is about to go bankrupt and Dr. Hackenbush (Groucho) is hired to put things right (he's really a veterinarian). The owner of the sanitarium also brings a hopefully winning racing horse to help out with the financial situation. This is an extremely funny comedy that certainly exceeds today's standard. Starring: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Allan Jones, Maureen O'Sullivan, Margaret Dumont, Leonard Ceeley, Douglas Dumbrille, Esther Muir, Sig Rumann, Robert Middlemass. Directed by: Sam Wood. A-

The Day of the Jackal (1973) PG thriller

A wonderfully suspenseful thriller about the "Jackal", a code name for a successful underground assassin, who is hired for $500,000 to bump off France's De Gaulle. Of course, bumping this guy off won't be easy; details and hours of preparations must be taken in order to accomplish it. Beautiful locations, an amazing cast and an exciting plot alone make this film well worth your time. Its only drawback is that it drags in some spots. Starring: Edward Fox, Alan Badel, Tony Britton, Cyril Cusack, Michel Lonsdale, Eric Porter, Delphine Seyrig, Derek Jacobi, Ronald Pickup. Directed by: Fred Zinnemann. A-

The Day of the Triffids (1963) NR sci-fi

When a peculiar meteor shower, giving off illuminating and colorful light, gives an excellent show to the Earthlings, there is hardly a soul that misses it. Unfortunately, it's viewers soon go blind as a result of its ultra-violet rays and are rendered helpless in the streets. Furthermore, the shower left spores which grew into violent man-eating plants that walked, and easily devoured any poor individual who wandered aimlessly into its path. Howard Keel plays a lucky guy who happened to be recovering from eye surgery at the time and had his eyes covered. It is up to him, and the few others who can see, to save the world from these ghastly, green beasts and to keep Earthlings from becoming extinct. It's a true shame the quality of the picture and sound is low, but this is a recommendable film for all sci-fi lovers. Starring: Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore, Mervyn Johns. Directed by: Steve Sekely. B+

Dazed and Confused (1993) R comedy

I'm stumped at what exactly makes this film so special. All it does is follow the exploits of the incoming freshman and the newly-appointed seniors at a high school sometime during the mid-seventies. The seniors reflect little on what they plan on doing with the rest of their lives, and when they do, it's contrived. They spend most of the time scouting out freshmen to smack (apparently, this was before lawsuits), and they do drugs. This is hardly a cinematic masterpiece, but it is enjoyable and valuable as nostalgia. Starring: Jason London, Joey Lauren Adams, Milla Jovovovovoich, Shawn Andrews, Rory Cochrane, Adam Goldberg, Anthony Rapp, Sasha Jenson, Marissa Ribisi, Deena Martin, Michelle Burke, Cole Hauser, Christine Harnos, Wiley Wiggins, Mark Vandermeulen. Directed by: Richard Linklater. B-

The Dead (1987) PG drama

Memorable cast performances and a tremendously resonant final sequence makes The Dead a good film. The final one to be directed by John Huston, this film adaptation of one of James Joyce’s stories is a real gem if you ever find it at the movie rentals or broadcast on television. A mature film; this is good for those who appreciate something other than endless violence and gross-out gags. Starring: Anjelica Huston, Donal McCann, Rachel Dowling, Cathleen Delaney, Helena Carroll, Dan O’Herlihy, Ingrid Craige, Frank Patterson, Donal Donnelly, Marie Kean. Directed by: John Huston. A-

Dead Again (1991) PG-13

Kenneth Branagh stars and directs this vastly entertaining picture about a deeply disturbed woman (Emma Thompson) with amnesia. Under Branagh's resistance, a hypnotist (Derek Jacobi) finds out that what's disturbing her is some unfinished business in her previous life in which Branagh's previous life was somehow involved. This is an affectionate tribute to Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and the two leads do turn in marvellous performances. Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Andy Garcia, Derek Jacobi, Robin Williams, Hanna Schgulla, Wayne Knight, Campbell Scott, John Gould Rubin. Directed by: Kenneth Branagh. B+

Dead Calm (1989) R thriller

A purely chilling film about a couple at sea (Sam Neill and Nicole Kidman) who stumble across a wrecked boat and a mad man (Billy Zane) who quickly gets off the abandon boat and boards theirs. When Neill examines the wreckage, out of utter curiosity, and discovers that it’s sinking. Suddenly, Zane steals Neill’s boat and kidnaps Kidman. Can Neill catch them with a slowly sinking vessel? Starring: Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman, Billy Zane, Rod Mullinar, Joshua Tilden, George Shevtsov, Michael Long. Directed by: Phillip Noyce. B+

Dead Man on Campus (1998) R comedy

And I lift up my left leg and let out a big fart. This stinker, about the exploits of two ruined college students who have found a loophole in their college’s policy that if their roommate dies, they get straight A’s. So, they go on a mission to find the most suicidal person on campus. It seems like it could be amusing, but it’s not really. There are a few good moments…the rest is just really, really stupid. The two lead actors, Tom Everett Scott and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, are pretty awful. Starring: Tom Everett Scott, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Poppy Montgomery, Lochlyn Munro, Randy Pearlstein, Corey Page, Alyson Hannigan, Mari Morrow. Directed by: Alan Cohn. D+

Dead Poets Society (1989) PG comedy/drama

Peter Wier delivers another wonderful film. Robin Williams plays an eccentric English teacher, John Keating, who teaches in a prestigious boarding school and inadvertently inspires student, Neil Perry, to pursue his lifelong dream to become an actor. However, that dream is difficult to trail because his father leaves him no choice but to become a doctor. Williams gives a hilarious performance, and the rest of the cast are wonderful as well. The first three fourths of the film is very funny with a lot of jokes. The last part of the movie is very serious and tear-jerking. Overall, this is a good depiction about high school boys "fighting the system." See it! Starring: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles, Gale Hansen, Dylan Kussman, Alleon Ruggiero, James Waterston. Directed by: Peter Weir. A

Dead Pet (1999) NR comedy

This film is so incredibly amateurish that I had certain reservations whether I should actually hate this movie or not. (I mean, would I really hate a film my neighbor shot with his home video camera?) This film is best viewed if you consider it like a bad dream. Whoever said bad dreams have to make sense? Harvard student Jake Thompson (who for some reason is a frequent headline-subject in the local newspaper) comes home for the summer to find that his parents spent the rest of his college education funds on an operation for the family dog. So, Jake has to get a job. He finds one selling knives, but the other employees there act like it's some sort of religious cult. Furthermore, the entire neighborhood begins to hate this dude because he went to jail several times for drug possession, being in a stolen vehicle, and killing the family dog - even though none of these things were his fault. It's low budget, so it doesn't sink like a typical Hollywood clunker. About two or three scenes of almost-inspired energy gives this film some redemption. The lead actor (Kevin Cotteleer), who also directed and wrote the film, shows promise should he choose to do another film, just as long as he doesn't give himself the lead role again. Starring: Kevin Cotteleer, Larry Dirk, Daisy Mullen, Kate Connor, Mara Conner, Brian Jensen, Brian Konowal. Directed by: Kevin Cotteleer. C-

Dead Ringer (1964) NR drama

Generally boring and preposterous film about twin sisters (both played by Bette Davis), one rich, and another not-so-well-off. The rich twin's husband died and she isn't distraught about it at all; in fact, she's rather happy about the ordeal. The not-so-well-off twin doesn't like it, so she decides to kill her, switch clothes and basically live the rest of her sister's life for her. Can she keep this up? There are some decent aspects to this film, such as the acting and the success of having two Bette Davises on the screen at once. Unfortunately, the directing is not very good and neither is the plot. Starring: Bette Davis, Karl Malden, Peter Lawford, Jean Hagen, George Macready, Estelle Winwood. Directed by: Paul Henreid. C

The Deal of the Century (1983) PG comedy

A pretty lame comedy about a weaponry salesman who picks up a $3 million contract from a guy who just killed himself for a line of high-tech pilotless aircraft. Chevy Chase stars but he cannot lift this mess completely off the ground. This film is generally irritating and unfunny, but has its moments. The end is about as suspenseful as watching your mother eat mashed potatoes. Starring: Chevy Chase, Sigourney Weaver, Gregory Hines, Vince Edwards, Richard Libertini, William Marquez, Eduardo Ricard, Wallace Shawn. Directed by: William Freidkin. C-

Dear Frankie (2004) PG-13 drama

This bittersweet import from Scotland is about a young, hearing impared boy (Jack McElhone) who is constantly on the move due to an abusive father. To hide the truth, his mother (Emily Mortimer) writes her boy letters from a made-up father who sails around the world as a member of the Navy. When the boy discovers that the ship is docking in his hometown, the mother finds a man (Gerard Butler) to pretend to be his dad. This is a winning film equipped with laughs and tears in the right places. Starring: Emily Mortimer, Jack McElhone, Gerard Butler, Sharon Small, Mary Riggans, Jayd Johnson, Sean Browne, Anne Marie Timoney. Directed by: Shona Auerbach. A-

Death of a President (2006) R drama

This fake documentary takes place in 2009, and it’s about George W. Bush's fictional assassination on Oct. 2007 in Chicago. The justice department is quick to blame a Muslim for these actions, but they might have been too hasty. The first half of the film is fascinating even though the actors aren't convincing. The whodunit that evolves in the latter half started out OK until the very end when the "twist" centers around a far-fetched and crippling coincidence that ultimately lost the film its bite. Overall, it's an over-zealous slap in the face to American justice, but at least it's mildly thought provoking. Directed by: Shona Auerbach. C

The Decline of the American Empire (1986) R drama

The decline of the American Empire might be this film itself. Thank God it's Canadian. Anyone who wants to watch a bunch of middle aged French Canadians speak candidly about their sex life, step on board. Others with a less loose vision of entertainment might want to check out something else. As an art film, the philosophy discussed throughout the piece isn't even compelling. I don't know why they made this movie except, perhaps, to show that middle aged people can be damn promiscuous. Starring: Pierre Curzi, Remy Girard, Yves Jacques, Daniel Briere, Dominique Michel, Louise Portal. Directed by: Denys Arcand. C-

Deconstructing Harry (1997) R comedy

Woody Allen stars as a novelist with writer's block. He also has woman troubles essentially because he writes about his own, real-life romances and only thinly disguises them. The plot is rather confusing but enjoyable involving the characters he created (and their real counter figures) and the role they played in his life. This is a fun film even though it's not as chuckle-inducting as some of his other late-career efforts. This is based on Frederico Fellini's great film, 8 ½ (unofficially, of course). Starring: Woody Allen, Billy Crystal, Demi Moore, Robin Williams, Judy Davis, Elisabeth Shue, Kirstie Alley, Bob Balaban, Richard Benjamin, Eric Bogosian, Hazelle Goodman, Mariel Hemingway, Amy Irving, Julie Kavner, Caroline Aaron, Eric Lloyd, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Tobey Maguire, Stanley Tucci, Jennifer Garner. Directed by: Woody Allen. B

Deep Impact (1998) PG-13 sci-fi

Exciting though too improbable, this science fiction spectacle is about a giant comet that astronomers learn will hit the earth to end all life. This film basically touches base on people's reaction to this tragedy about to happen. The special effects are great, but the acting is less so. The premise leans toward the sappy side. Starring: Robert Duvall, Tea Leoni, Elijah Wood, Morgan Freeman, Leelee Sobeiski, Vanessa Redgrave, Maximilian Schell, James Cromwell, Mary McCormack, Blair Underwood. Directed by: Mimi Leder. B-

Defending Your Life (1991) PG comedy

Albert Brooks delivers, yet, another winning comedy. This time, he plays a recently-dead man going to the afterlife and must ‘defend his life.’ The plot’s not great, but this sure as heckfire is a fun film to watch! Great performances by everyone, and it even manages to be perfectly endearing. Totally excellent. Starring: Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn, Lee Grant, Buck Henry, Shirley MacLaine. Directed by: Albert Brooks. A

Deliverance (1972) R adventure

This is an unforgettable adventure film about four men (Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox) who go on a canoe trip down a backwoods Georgia river that is about to be turned into a reservoir. However, they have gotten themselves into more than they bargained for. Not only is the river difficult to traverse, but they have to reckon with very disturbing inbred hillbillies. This is a shocking film that's not to be taken lightly, and it's rightfully considered one of the greatest movies ever made. It contains the classic "Dueling Banjos" scene toward the beginning of the film, which effectively foreshadows the perilous adventure they were about to undergo. Starring: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox, Bill McKinney, James Dickey, Ed O'Neill, Macon McCalman, Billy Redden, Johnny Popwell, Sr., Ed Ramey. Directed by: John Boorman. A+

Deja Vu (2006) PG-13 sci-fi

Denzel Washington stars as a detective who investigates a terrorist attack on a ferry. When a report comes in about a woman who washed up on shore before the attack, he realizes there is a lot to uncover. This is an exciting detective story, and the time travel, sci-fi plot that unfolds in the middle makes it unique. Starring: Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Val Kilmer, James Caviezel, Adam Goldberg, Elden Henson, Erika Alexander, Bruce Greenwood, Rich Henson. Directed by: Tony Scott. B

The Departed (2006) R drama

Martin Scorsese directed this delicious drama about a cop (Leonardo DiCaprio) working undercover in the mob to keep a close watch on its head (Jack Nicholson). Meanwhile, a mobster (Matt Damon) managed to land a top job in the police department and reports the police's every move. Both organizations try to root out the plants. Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson, Alec Baldwin, James Badge Dale, David Patrick O'Hara. Directed by: Martin Scorsese. A

Diamonds are Forever (1971) PG spy

An excellent Bond flick where he is up against super-villain Blofeld who puts Washington DC up for ransom. This top Bond feature doesn't fail to keep your interest and attention. The aging Connery is great as always. Starring: Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood, Jimmy Dean, Bruce Cabot, Bruce Glover, Putter Smith, Norman Burton, Joseph Furst, Bernard Lee, Desmond Llewelyn. Directed by: Guy Hamilton. B+

Dick (1999) PG-13 comedy

It comes close to being a successful spoof on the Watergate Scandal and All the President's Men, but it ultimately fails. Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams star as two teenaged girls who accidentally witnessed the Watergate Break-in and was hired by President Nixon himself to be the official White House Dog Walkers and the Secret Youth Advisors. It's all-around charming with some funny moments, but brought to a rather weak conclusion. Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams, Dan Hedaya, Dave Foley, Harry Shearer, Ana Gasteyer, Will Ferrell, Bruce McCulloch, Teri Garr, Saul Rubinek, Jim Bruer, Ted McGinley. Directed by: Andrew Fleming. B-

Die Another Day (2002) PG-13 spy

This Bond film concerns an evil general who decides to create some sort of mirror in space that'll concentrate the Sun's energy, giving him the ultimate power to zap anything he wants (and the world collectively says: "Doh!") Well… the plot remains pretty typical for this series, but I was very pleased to find myself NOT yawning to death considering the awful previous Bond flick The World is Not Enough. This is the first time in a film, I think, where the product placement was so blatant that I found it funny. Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Toby Stephens, Rosamund Pike, Rick Yune, John Cleese, Judi Dench, Michael Madsen, Will Yun Lee, Samantha Bond, Madonna, Colin Salmon, Lawrence Makoare, Emilio Exhevarria. Directed by: Lee Tamahori. B

Die Hard (1988) R action

A film that thrills and chills. A New York Cop (Bruce Willis) walks into a large and important corporate building unsuspecting that it is about to fall victim to one of the greatest robbery/terrorism attempts ever (headed by Alan Rickman). Of course Willis mangles with their plans. This is undeniably one of the best thriller movies ever. The acting is good, the plot is exciting if somewhat unbelievable, and it's made so that it'll leaves you at the edge of your seat. Starring: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Alexander Godunov, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Gleason, William Atherson. Directed by: John McTiernan. A-

Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990) R action

Nice follow-up to the original hit brings Bruce Willis back in another unlikely situation. This time an airport is taken hostage in order to free a powerful international criminal, leaving Willis' wife circling helplessly in one of the many airplanes. If they attempt to land the airplane, the terrorists will certainly not like it. Many aspects of this film defies logic, but it remains fun and exciting. Starring: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, William Atherson, Reginald Veljohnson, Franco Nero, William Sadler, John Amos, Dennis Franz, Art Evans, Fred Dalton Thompson, Tom Bower. Directed by: Renny Harlin. B+

Die Mommie Die (2003) R comedy

A strange film starring the cross-dressing Charles Busch as a faded pop star in 1967 who poisons her husband (Philip Baker Hall). Her very strange kids (Natasha Lyonne and Stark Sands) plot their revenge against her. Intentionally campy performances from the cast and a few bizarre occurrences in the plot make this one really strange movie. Starring: Charles Busch, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Priestley, Frances Conroy, Philip Baker Hall, Stark Sands, Victor Raider-Wexler, Nora Dunn. Directed by: Mark Rucker. B

Dinosaur (2000) G animated

An absolutely astounding piece of computer animation that will leave you breathless! A dinosaur raised by a family of lemurs witness the near destruction of the earth, so they join a herd of other herbivores who are hightailing it to the "nesting ground", a place with fresh leaves and water galore. Along the way, they must try to move quickly so the carnivores don't catch up with them, compensate for earth's new landscape (after it was nearly destroyed) and make sure the weak and old make it okay. The story could have been much better, but in this film, it doesn't seem to matter so much. Wonderful technology was displayed here; I had a really hard time believing that the entire film was drawn (with the help of computers). It's an artist's masterpiece that brought dinosaurs to life! It shares perhaps too many similarities to Don Bluth's The Land Before Time. Voices of: D.B. Sweeny, Alfre Woodard, Ossie Davis, Max Casella, Hayden Panettiere, Samuel E. Wright, Juliana Margulies, Peter Siragusa, Joan Plowright, Della Reese. Directed by: Ralph Zondag and Eric Leighton. B+

Dirty Dancing (1987) PG-13 comedy

An entertaining film that became one of the most profitable movies ever made starring Jennifer Grey who plays an innocent girl who attends a summer resort. There she meets and falls in love with dancer, Patrick Swayze who is a troubled young man and has a hard time keeping a job. Both of them have the "time of their life" and they learn a little bit about living as well. Most certainly not a remarkable film on any account, but it is definitely enjoyable to watch mostly for its music and dancing. Watch for Seinfeld's Wayne Knight in his movie debut. Starring: Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes, Jack Weston, Jane Brucker, Kelly Bishop. Directed by: Emile Ardolino. B

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) PG comedy

Steve Martin and Michael Caine star as two con artists who reside in a Southern French city that isn't big enough for the both of them. They get on each other's nerves and neither of them are willing to leave the wonderful French town. So to get rid of each other, they place a bet: Whoever cons a chosen woman out of fifty-thousand dollars first wins. Well, that isn't as easy as it seems. Steve Martin gives an excellent comedic performance and Michael Caine's is a tasty treat. Especially noted for the surprise twist at the end. Starring: Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly, Anton Rodgers, Barbara Harris, Ian McDiarmid, Dana Ivey. Directed by: Frank Oz. B

Disclosure (1994) R thriller

This is a thriller where some scenes work and others don't. It starts off with an executive (Michael Douglas), expecting to be promoted to vice president, but instead finds the position fulfilled by an outsider, played by Demi Moore. This "outsider," however, attempts to rape Douglas who promptly files a lawsuit. Some of it is exciting, and others are corny. Starring: Michael Douglas, Demi Moore, Donald Sutherland, Roma Maffia, Caroline Goodall, Dennis Miller, Dylan Baker, Nicholas Sadler, Allan Rich. Directed by: Barry Levinson. B-

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoise (1972) PG comedy

It takes the right kind of audience to enjoy this black comedy about a group of wealthy people attempting to have a dinner party, but it doesn’t ever happen due to increasingly strange occurrences. Needless to say, this can be considered surrealist, because we've all probably had dreams similar to this. It’s an attack on the social system, but it’s enjoyable and funny enough regardless of its connotations! In French with English subtitles. Starring: Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Stephane Audran, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Paul Frankeur, Bulle Ogier. Directed by: Luis Bunuel. A

The Dish (2000) PG-13 comedy

This entertaining import from Australia tells the true story of a small Aussie town’s important role in Neil Armstrong’s moon landing. Their primary objective was to receive the television signals of the landing so that the entire world could see it. However, they run up against a few problems. Also, the film touches on the doubts of a successful moon landing and the relationship between Australians and Americans. The movie itself isn’t spectacular, but the rich character development makes it heartwarming and memorable. For that, I recommended it. Starring: FSam Neill, Kevin Harrington, Tom Long, Patrick Warburton, Genevieve Mooy, Taylor Kayne, Billie Brown. Directed by: Rob Stitch. B+

The Distinguished Gentleman (1992) R political comedy

This uneven Eddie Murphy political comedy is about a common criminal who thinks being a congressman is more profitable than his particular line of work. So he runs for office in a virtually unknown political party and wins solely because his name happens to be the same as a popular and recently deceased congressman (played too briefly by James Garner). When he enters into congress, he finds it excessively corrupt and it not getting anything useful done and of course, the money-hungry criminal sets things right. This film is full of corny humor and has an unlikely plot. The romance between Murphy and Ralph goes too quickly and is artificial. This may appeal to Murphy fans, because he's okay in his role. Starring: Eddie Murphy, Lane Smith, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Joe Don Baker, Victoria Rowell, Grant Shaud, James Garner. Directed by: Jonathan Lynn. D+

District B13 (2004) R action

This is a decent action flick imported from France about a gang importing a nuclear weapon inside a futuristic, walled-off Paris ghetto. A police officer teams with a native to stop them. The chase scenes are endless, which makes this a worthwhile view for anyone who enjoys adrenaline rushes from mindless action films. However, the movie is 81 minutes, which surprisingly seemed too long. Starring: Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle, Tony D'Amario, Bibi Naceri, Dany Verissmo, Francois Chattot. Directed by: Pierre Morel. B-

Doc Hollywood (1991) PG-13 comedy

Michael J. Fox stars as a young doctor traveling to California to pick up a high profile, high paying plastic surgery job when he runs into and demolishes a fence in a small town while getting there. Unfortunately, the fence happened to belong to the town's judge so he is sentenced to community service to temporarily serve as the town doctor. He really can't stand this place and wants to leave for California ASAP. However, he meets a girl... It's quite predictable but an entertaining film with a high profile cast, who makes this film enjoyable. Especially for Michael J. Fox fans. Starring: Michael J. Fox, Julie Warner, Barnard Hughes, Woody Harrelson, David Ogden Stiers, Frances Sternhagen, George Hamilton, Bridget Fonda, Mel Winkler, Helen Martin, Roberts Blossom. Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones. B-

Dr. No (1962) NR spy

This film marks the very beginning of the expansive James Bond series and what an impressive start! Sean Connery stars as this British secret agent who goes out and tries to stop SPECTRE (a terrorist organization) who are trying to louse up a government rocket launch. I won't say this is the best Bond or the most celebrated, but I will say it has top-notched action and thrills. Those who are looking to start viewing the vast library of James Bond films (or those wanting to re-watch the series) ought to begin with this one. Starring: Sean Connery, Jack Lord, Joseph Wiseman, Ursula Andress, Zena Marshall, Eunice Gayson, Lois Maxwell, Margaret LeWars, John Kitzmiller, Bernard Lee, Anthony Dawson. Directed by: Terence Young. B+

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) NR comedy

A brilliant political satire about General Jack D. Ripper going berzerk ordering a force of pilots to A-Bomb Russia without the approval of the president. Now the president has to offer his Cold War counterpart an apology for this dreadful mistake. Peter Sellers plays three different roles, The President, a Captain (under Ripper), and an eccentric German scientist to perfection. It wasn't exactly well received when first released but is now justly considered a masterpiece. Starring: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens, Peter Bull, Tracy Reed, James Earl Jones, Jack Creley, Frank Barry, Glenn Beck. Directed by: Stanley Kubrick. A+

Doctor Who: The Dalek Invasion (1963) NR sci-fi

Doctor Who in its first season of many … The Dalek Invasion is probably the most celebrated set of episodes of them all. Dr. Who (played by the original carnation, William Hartnell) returns to the England but it’s the England of the future that is overrun by a race of deadly robots (that resemble mobile trashcans). Throughout these six episodes, Dr. Who (not a black belt in karate) must figure out how to defeat these blasted robots (without taking lots of vitamins). This is a very exciting Dr. Who DVD even if the bad guys, indeed, resemble mobile trashcans. (Hey! It’s the mid-60s, and it’s low budget! This ain’t gonna be Jurassic Freaking Park!) Starring: William Hartnell, William Russell, Jacqueline Hill, Carole Ann Ford, Bernard Kay, Peter Fraser, Alan Judd, Peter Badger, Martyn Huntley, Robert Jewell, Robert Aldous. Directed by: Richard Martin. A

Doctor Who: The Aztecs (1964) NR sci-fi

The Doctor (William Hartnell) and his three travelling buddies (his granddaughter, Susan, and two schoolteachers, Barbara and Ian) manage to materialize inside an ancient Aztec tomb (and it’s impossible to open the tomb from the outside). When the Aztecs mistake Barbara for a god, a power struggle unfolds. Barbara tries to change the history of the Aztec empire by forbidding human sacrifice and the slimy High Priest of Sacrifices doesn’t believe she is a god. This four-episode set of Doctor Who is entertaining, adventurous, and captivating. Starring: William Hartnell, William Russell, Jacqueline Hill, Carole Ann Ford, Keith Pyott, John Ringham, Ian Cullen, Margot Van der Burgh, Tom Booth, David Anderson. Directed by: John Crockett. B+

Doctor Who: The Seeds of Death (1966) NR sci-fi

The mop-topped second incarnation of The Doctor (Patrick Troughton) travels, with his much younger friends Jamie and Zoe, to the Earth’s Moon in the 21st Century when human transportation relies solely on a teleportation system called T-Mat. As it would just so have it, the Ice Warriors from Mars (oddly reminiscent of Darth Vader, except they’re nearly immobile) are about to execute their evil plan to take over Earth. Troughton fares well in the lead and the script is fun and well written as always, but it drags at spots. There are 6 episodes all graciously included on one DVD disc. Starring: Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Wendy Padbury, Louise Pajo, John Witty, Ric Felgate, Harry Towb. Directed by: Michael Ferguson. B

Doctor Who: Carnival of Monsters (1973) NR sci-fi

Still gloriously under-budget, the Doctor Who series reaches one of its heights with “Carnival of Monsters.” The Doctor (Jon Pertwee) and his assistant, Jo, materialize on a cargo ship during the 1920s. However, there is something very peculiar about it... This four-episode serial is very Twilight-Zone-esque; the script is both intriguing and exciting. It’s well worth your time. Starring: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Leslie Dwyer, Michael Wisher, Tenniel Evans. Directed by: Barry Letts. A

Doctor Who: Pyramids of Mars (1975) NR sci-fi

An enthralling edition to the series stars Tom Baker, who travels to the 1910s Britain to discover than an evil being is about to break free from its chains. It’s full of action, excitement, mystery; everything that makes the series great! Starring: Tom Baker, And Other People That Nobody Cares About. Directed by: Paddy Russell. A

Doctor Who: The Robots of Death (1977) NR sci-fi

One of the greatest Doctor Who set-episodes around. This time, Dr. Who (Tom Baker) and his assistant Leela (Louise Jameson) find themselves inside a mining ship on a remote planet. The greedy humans inside, who are reliant on expressionless robots, one by one succumb to mysterious deaths. Indeed, Dr. Who and Leela are immediately suspect. The suspense and mystery of “The Robots of Death” are brought to enormous heights. Screenwriter Chris Boucher’s script and story are funny, intriguing, and very exciting. I even think the costumes and set (though still very low budget) are dazzling. This is a great, classic addition to the exciting annals of Doctor Who. Starring: Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Russell Hunter, Pamela Salem, David Bailie, David Collings, Miles Fothergill, Gregory de Pohlay, Mark Blackwell Baker, John Bleasdale. Directed by: Michael E. Briant. A+

Doctor Who: The Ribos Operation (1978) NR sci-fi

This is first in the “Key of Time” season of Dr. Who, Britian’s ultra-cool, low-budget science fiction series, in which the title character and his new assistant, Romana, must track down segments of the Key of Time in order to maintain the balance between good and evil. Here, Dr. Who (Tom Baker) locates the first of these keys in the throne room of a primitive and very cold planet. The script is hardly perfect (and I didn’t quite get a heightened sense of mystery whilst watching this), but it was entertaining. Again, you have to recognize that this series, easily one of the best sci-fi series of all time, manages wonderfully with meager budgets. Starring: Tom Baker, Mary Tamm, Iain Cuthbertson, Nigel Plaskitt, Paul Seed, Robert Keegan, Prentis Hancock, Timothy Bateson, Ann Tirard. Directed by: George Spenton-Foster. B

Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet (1978) NR sci-fi

Douglas Adams penned the script of this third segment of the “Key of Time” season. Here, they appear to have landed on a strange planet that, according to the Tardis, didn’t seem to exist anymore. The inhabitants of the planet are strange, too, and they have absolutely phenomenal wealth. Furthermore, there’s a band of telepathic warriors who are out to give the bureaucracy trouble. More of my sci-fi craving was satisfied by this tasty addition. Starring: Tom Baker, Mary Tamm, John Leeson, Andrew Robertson, Bruce Purchase, David Warwick, Primi Townsend. Directed by: Pennant Roberts. A

Doctor Who: The Androids of Tara (1978) NR sci-fi

This exciting fourth segment of the “Key of Time” series finds the Doctor and Romana trying to locate a part of the Key of Time from a planet that’s locked in the Middle Ages. I really was captivated by the story and the suspense of this Dr. Who DVD in particular. This is a true highlight! It was also a wonderful idea to have filmed much of these episodes in green nature’s own backyard. This is a pretty addition to the long-running Dr. Who series. Starring: Tom Baker, Mary Tamm, Peter Jeffrey, Simon Lack, Neville Jason, Paul Lavers, Lois Baxter, Cyril Shaps, Martin Matthews. Directed by: Michael Hayes. A-

Doctor Who: The City of Death (1979) NR sci-fi

This isn’t among the series’ finest, but this is a generally enjoyable story about an evil alien (Julian Glover) who commissions a scientist (David Graham) to build a time machine. His plan is to prevent a space ship exploding in Earth’s ancient past, which ended up starting life on Earth. Tom Baker is always enjoyable as the title role who must use his cunning to prevent the destruction of life on Earth alongside his lovely assistant (Lalla Ward). Starring: Tom Baker, Lalla Ward, Julian Glover, Tom Chadbon, Catherine Schell, David Graham, John Cleese. Directed by: Michael Hayes. B-

Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani (1984) NR sci-fi

The final adventure of the fifth Doctor (Peter Davison). Here, his assistant Peri and he stumble upon a planet that’s undergoing a war over control of a mining operation of a life-prolonging drug, Spectrox. I love the script! Even though the monsters are still guys in cheap costumes, it’s an exciting addition to the series. Starring: Peter Davison, Nicola Bryant, Christopher Gable, John Normington, Robert Glenister, Maurice Roeves, Martin Cochrane, Roy Holder, Barbara Kinghorn. Directed by: Graeme Harper. B+

Doctor Who: Curse of Fenric (1989) NR sci-fi

A bit of a disappointing edition of Doctor Who, and I can understand why the series was cancelled after this season. The seventh doctor (Sylvester McCoy) comes across England during WWII to find a British general meddling with an ancient Viking curse. Despite the fact that this series involves vampires and a fin-bearing humanoid from the future with telepathic powers, this series isn’t very interesting. Most of the blame can be thrown at the shoddy script. Starring: Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Christien Anholt, Dinsdale Landen, Nicholas Parsons, Marek Anton, Alfred Lynch, Peter Czajowski. Directed by: Nicholas Mallett. C-

Doctor Zhivago (1965) NR drama

This is a magnificent epic whose only flaw is that is slightly overlong. Omar Sharif stars as a wealthy Russian doctor who is negatively effected by World War I and the Russian Revolution. A great, star-studded cast including Geraldine Chaplin, Julie Christie, Alec Guiness and Rod Steiger (as well as enormous popularity upon release) seals the undisputed fact that this is simply a great cinematic classic. Starring: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Siobhan McKenna, Alec Guiness, Ralph Richardson, Rita Tushingham, Jerry Rockland. Directed by: David Lean. A

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) PG-13 comedy

Crude humor keeps Dodgeball from becoming a true classic, but it’s still a charming, irrelevant ode to that sport in which most of us got the living crap pounded out of us with a red rubber gym ball. Vince Vaughn is nothing short of charming as the main good guy, but Ben Stiller falls victim to another bout of overacting. The film is good at its heart, though, and supplies a few good laughs. That’s all good comedies these days seem to need. Starring: Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Rip Torn, Justin Long, Stephen Root, Joel Moore, Chris Williams, Alan Tudyuk, Missi Pyle, Jamal Duff, Gary Cole, Jason Bateman, Hank Azaria, Al Kaplon. Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber. B

A Dog Day Afternoon (1975) R drama

In one of Al Pacino's landmark roles, he plays an on-edge bank robber who gets caught more quickly than he hoped and the police surround the bank. What ensues is a standoff. As time progresses, we learn more about his complicated life (as he becomes a folk hero). This is an engaging picture with excellent acting. Starring: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning, Sully Boyar, Chris Sarandon, Penny Allen, James Broderick, Susan Peretz, Judith Malina, Estelle Omens, Carmine Foresta, John Marriott, Dick Anthony Williams. Directed by: Sidney Lument. A

Domestic Disturbance (2001) PG-13 thriller

A troubled pre-teen (Matthew O'Leary) broods over the fact that his parents are divorced and his mother is about to get re-married (to Vince Vaughn). Nevertheless, he marries mom, and he doesn’t really seem like a bad guy after all. But then figures from Vaughn’s past suddenly start to show up, and things go terribly wrong. O’Leary soon figures out that Vaughn is a bad feller after all, but nobody believes him (except his faithful father, John Travolta). Certain aspects of the plot are commendable and there were some good bits of excitement. However, the cast, despite the star power, turns out to be quite shabby! Even Steve Buscemi (who is usually AWESOME) is rather wooden. It’s a movie that tried well enough to be engaging and exciting, but it was nowhere good enough. Starring: Matt O’Leary, John Travolta, Vince Vaughn, Teri Polo, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Susan Floyd, Angelica Torn, Steve Buscemi, Terry Loughlin. Directed by: Harold Becker. C-

Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) NR drama

Marilyn Monroe in her first serious role, stars in this small drama, as a depressed babysitter working in a hotel room who spots what she thinks is a familiar face (Richard Widmark) in the window across the courtyard. Widmark, who is initially fascinated by Monroe (undoubtedly because she’s a freaking hottie), comes to visit her only to discover that she’s mentally ill. The script is second-rate and the film features boring performances by the film’s would-be stars, Widmark and Anne Bancroft. Not too surprisingly, it is the sheer presence of Monroe that makes this worth watching. Starring: Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft, Noreen Corcoran, Jeanne Cagney, Lurene Tuttle, Elisha Cook, Jr., Jim Backus, Verna Felton. Directed by: Roy Ward Baker. B

Don't Say a Word (2001) R drama

Michael Douglas stars as a psychiatrist whose daughter is kidnapped. The kidnappers won't give Mikey his daughter back until he manages to get some sort of number out of some psychotic girl. Featuring a rather idiotic plot, director Gary Fleder made this film about as exciting the material warranted. The ending was horribly written. Starring: Michael Douglas, Sean Bean, Brittany Murphy, Skye McCole Bartusiak, Guy Torry, Jenniger Esposito, Famke Janssen, Oliver Platt, Shawn Doyle, Victor Argo, Conrad Goode. Directed by: Gary Fleder. B-

Double Jeopardy (1999) R thriller

A woman (Ashley Judd) who was unjustly sentenced for murdering her husband (who never actually died) decides to seek revenge on him when she gets out. She decides that she could do such a thing because of the ‘no double jeopardy’ bit in the U.S. Bill of Rights. The concept of the movie is false, by the way, but no one seems to care. All the filmmakers wanted to do was to make some quick cash, so they whipped up their usual batch of inane screenwriters to come up with a stupid but sort of exciting script and bribed a big name cast to poop on their reputations. What we get, in the end, is a passable but trite action/suspense picture. Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Ashley Judd, Bruce Greenwood, Annabeth Gish, Roma Maffia, Davenia McFadden, Jay Brazeau, Gilliam Barber, Benjamin Weir, Spencer Treat Clark. Directed by: Bruce Beresford. C+

Down Periscope (1996) PG-13 comedy

A sporadically funny film about a captain of a submarine participating in a war game with a very interesting, colorful and talented crew to back him up. Frasier's Kelsey Grammer is rather bland as the captain, but he manages to supply sufficient humor. Rob Schneider does a nice job as the animated and dimwitted officer who is disliked by the crew (they eventually make him walk the plank). Them and other notable comedians make this a delightful comedy. Starring: Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly, Bruce Dern, Rob Scneider, Rip Torn, Harry Dean Stanton, William H. Macy, Ken Campbell, Toby Huss, Duane Martin, Jonathan Penner, Bradford Tatum, Hal Williams. Directed by: David S. Ward. B

Down to Earth (2001) PG-13 comedy

Chris Rock stars in this awful attempt to remake Heaven Can Wait with only one thing going for it: Chris Rock's style of comedy. That can never carry a film well, however. This film is only good for about three laughs. It's certainly not all Rock's fault; the usually terrible supporting cast deserves some blame. In Heaven Can Wait, Charles Grodin and Dyan Cannon, the sleazeball secretary and wife were hilarious, but in the remake, their replacements are reduced to only being sickening characters (as well as actors). There is no reason to see this movie. Just watch Heaven Can Wait again. Starring: Chris Rock, Regina King, Chazz Palminteri, Eugene Levy, Frankie Faison, Mark Addy, Greg Germann, Jennifer Coolidge, Wanda Sykes, John Cho, James Gandolfini. Directed by: Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz. C-

Downfall (2004) R war/drama

A memorable look at the final days of Adolph Hitler, this movie will make you sympathize but never actually feel sorry for him. Hitler is played to utter perfection by Bruno Ganz; this one will stick with you for quite awhile. This will undoubtedly be known as one of the more notable films made about World War II. In German with English subtitles. (Don’t worry, though. You can read.) Starring: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Kohler, Heino Ferch, Christian Berkel, Matthias Habich, Thomas Kretschmann. Directed by: Oliver Hirschbiegel. A+

Dragnet (1987) PG-13 comedy

You might think that Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd teaming up for a movie version of "Dragnet" may actually make a good movie --- how wrong! Dragnet is a terrible movie with little redeeming qualities. It brutally butchers the old television series, it doesn't work at all as a spoof, and it's not even worth the view for Dragnet fans who want to see it just to see it. Blah. Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Tom Hanks, Christopher Plummer, Harry Morgan, Alexandra Paul, Jack O'Halloran, Elizabeth Ashley, Dabney Coleman. Directed by: Tom Mankiewicz. D

Dragonheart (1996) PG-13 fantasy

A rather disappointing flick starring Dennis Quaid as a mentor to the prince of England. When the prince almost dies, a captured dragon (voiced by Sean Connery) saves his life by giving him half his heart in exchange for freedom, but the dragon makes the prince swear that he will rule with a merciful hand. Well, the prince inevitably turns evil and Dennis Quaid blames it on the dragon, so he goes on a quest to kill every single dragon left in the world. He kills all but one (who just happens to be the very one he sent out to destroy in the first place) and actually ends up befriending the creature. The only reason to watch this flick is for the creative (but lacking) premise and the flawless special effects. The computer-generated dragon looks astoundingly real. Starring: Dennis Quaid, David Thewlis, Sean Connery, Pete Postlewaite, Julie Christie, Dina Meyer, Jason Isaacs, Brian Thompson, Lee Oakes, Wolf Christian. Directed by: Rob Cohen. C+

Dragonslayer (1981) PG fantasy

This is an interesting medieval fantasy about a vicious dragon that terrorizes a town and novice sorcerer, Peter MacNichol, attempting to defeat it. Its plot is rather trite, but it surprisingly holds well together. With a marvelous set and great special effects, it proves its big budget was not a waste. Starring: Peter MacNicol, Caitlin Clarke, Ralph Richardson, John Hallam, Peter Eyre, Albert Salmi, Sydney Bromley. Directed by: Matthew Robbins. B-

The Dream Team (1989) PG comedy

No, it's not about basketball players, it's about a quartet of mental asylum escapees who wonder around New York City and get into heaps of trouble. The premise is rather entertaining; one guy is a very violent person, another is an exhibitionist, another has a vocabulary that is restricted to only baseball terms and another thinks he's a doctor or a person of great authority. The director and the writer try to paste a story together, and they didn't do it too well because the plot is jumbled and misleading. It's an entertaining film done by fairly respectable comics (among them is Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd, and Peter Boyle) and they do an excellent job in their roles. See it only if you think you might like it. Starring: Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd, Peter Boyle, Stephen Furst, Dennis Bousikaris, Lorraine Bracco, Milo O’Shea, Philip Bosco, James Remar. Directed by: Howard Zeiff. B-

The Dresser (1983) PG drama

This fantastic homage to the theater and those working behind the scenes stars Albert Finney as a highly-strung actor who’s undergoing a severe emotional breakdown. Tom Courtenay co-stars as his effeminate manservant, who sticks loyally with him without the breadth of appreciation. This tremendously fascinating and engaging character study is a must-see for everyone. Starring: Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay, Edward Fox, Zena Waller, Eileen Atkins, Michael Gough, Cathryn Harrison, Betty Marsden, Sheila Reid, Lockwood West, Donald Eccles. Directed by: Peter Yates. A+

Driving Miss Daisy (1989) PG drama

What more can you ask for in a film such as this? A chauffeur (Morgan Freeman) is hired by a factory owner (Dan Aykroyd) to drive around an old woman (Jessica Tandy) who at first rejects the man but soon grows to like him. Driving Miss Daisy is highly touching, highly enjoyable, and highly recommended! Starring: Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, Can Aykroyd, Patti LuPone, Esther Rolle, Joann Havrilla, William Hall Jr., Alvin M. Sugarman, Clarice F. Geigerman. Directed by: Bruce Beresford. A

Drop Dead Fred (1991) PG-13 comedy

Phoebe Cates plays a woman separated from her husband who is suddenly reunited with her old childhood imaginary friend who tries to help her out of this mess. This film had a good idea but didn't put it to its full potential. It's unbelievable, wacky and too syrupy sentimental. Unknown Rik Mayall plays the imaginary friend title character and is surprisingly entertaining at it; that's about all this movie has going for it. Starring: Phoebe Cates, Rik Mayall, Marsha Mason, Tim Matheson, Carrie Fisher, Keith Charles, Ashley Peldon, Daniel Gerroll, Ron Eldard. Directed by: Ate DeJong. C-

Drowning Mona (2000) PG-13 mystery/comedy

This is an idiotic mystery/comedy about small town Verplanck, New York (where everyone drives a Yugo) and a strange murder happens. Mona Dearly (Bette Midler), the town's worst nightmare drives off a cliff. Most of the town's police force thinks that it was an accident, but one policeman, played by Danny DeVito, insists on pursuing an investigation. The jokes of this film are mindless and rude. The film is tedious and stupid. Not only do I wonder why this film was ever greenlighted, but how did the producers manage to attract the big stars? Starring: Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Neve Campbell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Casey Affleck, William Flichtner, Marcus Thomas, Peter Dobson, Kathleen Wilhoite, Tracey Walter, Paul Ben-Victor. Directed by: Nick Gomez. D

Drunken Master (1978) PG-13 martial-arts

One of Jackie Chan’s earliest films not only provides some fun-to-watch martial arts sequences, but it’s an absolute hoot from start to finish! Chan stars as a restless young pup who can’t seem to keep himself from picking fights with the wrong people. He’s good at kung fu, but he’s not quite good enough to defeat people with real experience. After he unknowingly picks a fight with his aunt, his father forces an unwilling Chan to take lessons from the Drunken Master, a kung fu guru who drinks a lot. Some of the plot is cliched to the extreme, but it’s really quite funny. Chan proved, from the very beginning, that he was meant to be a star. This film is said to be the predecessor of Karate Kid. Starring: Jackie Chan, Simon Yuen, Hwang Jang Lee, Dean Shek, Yuen Shun-Yi, Lam Yin. Directed by: Yuen Woo Ping. A

Dudley Do-Right (1999) PG comedy

An amiable film, adapted from Jay Ward's animated classic about the famous Royal Canadian Mountee. Dudley Do-Right (Brendan Fraser), a clumsy yet good-natured man, who always dreamed of being a Mountee, is confronted with a challenge. Villain, Snidely Whiplash, stole the town of "Semi-Happy Valley," renamed it and is attracting a huge mass of people to it by planting quantities of gold in the river. Of course, Snidely will profit off the deal since he owns the food joints, the gift shops, the restaurants, etc. Dudley Do-Right knows there is something wrong about this, but what Snidely is doing isn't illegal. The plot of the movie isn't put together well at all, a major disappointment, but there are uproars of sheer delight in this flick. Starring: Brendan Frasier, Sarah Jessica Parker, Eric Idle, Alfred Molina, Alex Rocco, Robert Prosky, Corey Burton, Louis Mustillo, Jack Kehler, Jed Rees, Regis Philbin, Kathy Lee Gifford. Directed by: Hugh Wilson. C+

Duel (1971) PG thriller

This early Steven Spielberg picture is strikingly uncomplicated and minimalist, but it’s just about as taut as Jaws. Dennis Weaver stars as a well-dressed man driving down a deserted highway for undisclosed reasons, and he manages to tick off a truck driver. It’s difficult to turn your attention away from this film, and you’re never sure what to expect. Starring: Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone, Tim Herbert, Lou Frizzell. Directed by: Steven Spielberg. A-

The Dukes of Hazzard (2005) PG-13 comedy

A few laughs (cheap ones) save this film from achieving a lesser score, but this redneck comedy and '70s TV adaptation is a pointless effort. The Dukes (Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville) are a couple of lawless hicks always at ends with the law. The corrupt police chief (Burt Reynolds) busts the Dukes for making moonshine and confiscates their property, which he then tries to sell to strip miners. The Dukes, which also includes Willie Nelson and Jessica Simpson, won't have any of that. Mayhem ensues. This is a dreadful and tiring vehicle (with the car chases and all), and it’s only for those who can seriously claim to be fans of the series. Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, Jessica Simpson, Burt Reynolds, Joe Don Baker, Lynda Carter, Willie Nelson. Directed by: Jay Chandrasekhar. D

Dumb and Dumber (1994) PG-13 comedy

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels star in this stupid but funny slapstick comedy. This duo finds a piece of luggage that a beautiful dame accidentally left in front of an airport. After finding out that she lives in Aspen Colorado, this zany duo travels on a cross country trip, running into the usual problems and encounters. It's exactly like other Carrey flicks: the plot it thin but the characters belong in an insane asylum, but there are enough good jokes to make this film funny. This is surprisingly one of the better Carrey run-arounds and worth it to any of his fans. Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly, Teri Garr, Karen Duffy, Mike Starr, Charles Rocket, Victoria Rowell, Felton Perry. Directed by: Peter Farrelly. B

Dunston Checks In (1996) PG-13 comedy

An orangutan stars in this comedy as a trained robber for the notorious jewel thief, Lord Rutlidge. One day, this duo stays in one of the most prestigious hotels in the world where the orangutan meets a little boy who is wise to Lord Rutlidge's dastardly ways. This children's comedy is somewhat enjoyable, but not family-perfect. The parents might enjoy this. Starring: Jason Alexander, Faye Dunaway, Eric Lloyd, Rupert Everett, Graham Sack, Paul Reubens, Glenn Shadix, Nathan Davis, Jennifer Bassey, Judith Scott, Bruce Beatty, Danny Comden. Directed by: Ken Kwapis. B

Dutch (1991) PG-13 comedy

This syrupy bonding flick from scriptwriter John Hughes is just about contrived as it gets. Ed O’Neill stars as a boyfriend who volunteers to pick up his girlfriend’s (JoBeth Williams) kid from a boarding school. The kid is bratty, and together they go on a life changing cross-country trip. This is like Plains, Trains, and Automobiles except it sucks. Starring: Ed O’Neill, Ethan Randall, JoBeth Williams, Chris McDonald, Ari Meyers, Elizabeth Daily, L. Scott Caldwell, Will Nipper, Jack Murdock, J.C. MacKenzie. Directed by: Peter Faiman. C-


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