Movies – B

*Batteries Not Included (1987)

The presence of the distinguished Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy makes this saccharine-sodden retread of Cocoon (1985) worth watching. They play residents of a doomed New York block of flats (an unscrupulous developer has sent thugs to clear the last five tenants) who find the unlikeliest of allies in the shape of a friendly group of alien space(...)

A Bridge Too Far (1977)

A Bridge Too Far (1977)

It seems as if an entire regiment of movie notables appears in this $26 million epic based on Cornelius Ryan's bestseller about a disastrous Allied offensive during World War II. Operation Market Garden was the codename of this allied operation towards the end of the war that all went horribly wrong, with bad weather conditions(...)

Babe (1995)

This Australian family comedy, based on Dick King-Smith's book The Sheep-Pig, came out of nowhere to enchant millions around the world, converting many small children to vegetarianism in the process. The "babe" of the title is an orphaned piglet adopted by a family of Border collies who learns how to handle sheep under the patient(...)

Babes in Toyland (1961)

Victor Herbert's operetta Babes in Toyland brought classic Mother Goose characters together through story and song. The opera had already been brought to the silver screen once in 1934 (Laurel and Hardy starred), but Walt Disney felt the time was right for a new Technicolor version starring Ray Bolger, pop star Tommy Sands and ex-Mouseketeer Annette Funicello. Mary Contrary(...)

Babette’s Feast (1987)

Gabriel Axel's Danish film - and 1987's Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film - is an Isak Dinesen tale about a French servant (beautifully, stoically played by Stephane Audran) in a strict Lutheran household in Denmark. To repay her hard, deprived hosts for their kindness, she spends her entire lottery winnings doing the one thing(...)

Baby Boom (1987)

Diane Keaton is J.C. Wiatt, the quintessential Ms. magazine career girl - married to her job, working twelve hours a day, making six figures a year, with no time for human emotions. Even her lovemaking with roommate-boyfriend Harold Ramis is timed to never take up more than four minutes of her valuable time. Then the bottom falls(...)

Baby Doll (1956)

One of the best of Tennessee Williams's steamy southern dramas about mendacity under the magnolias, this rare, seldom-revived movie classic is a welcome treasure. The great Elia Kazan directed, and this gem launched the career of luscious 25-year-old Carroll Baker as a backward thumb-sucking Lolita-like Mississippi child bride who drives men wild with frustrated lust.(...)

Baby Love (1968)

Baby Love (1968)

A dripping tap grows into a raging gush over the opening credits. The bath is about to overflow but Diana Dors is busy applying lipstick at a fogged-up mirror and bringing a razor to her wrists (after being diagnosed with terminal cancer). The water receives the corpse, and her teenage daughter (Linda Hayden) stumbles upon(...)

Baby, It’s You! (1983)

An absorbing, highly charged, teenage romance by writer-director John Sayles. The emotional story of star-crossed young lovers stumbles over occasional holes in the plot, yet the material is consistently compelling. Trenton High School, New Jersey circa 1967 is the setting. Middle-class Jewish princess Jill Rosen (Rosanna Arquette) and brilliantined Italian ruffian Albert "Sheik" Capadilupo (Vincent(...)

Baby, The (1973)

Ann Gentry, a social worker who recently lost her husband, investigates the strange Wadsworth family - mother, two grown daughters (Germaine and Alba) and a diaper-clad, bottle-sucking baby. This might not seem unusual . . . except the baby boy is twenty-one years old! The Baby is extremely disturbing even though the premise is far-fetched and totally implausible and(...)

Babysitter, The (1995)

Beautiful high-school student Jennifer starts baby-sitting for the wealthy Tucker family, only to inspire the fantasies of the alcoholic father and arouse jealousy in the unsatisfied mother. It's surprising that this erotic thriller could have come from such a respectable source as a short story by Robert Coover. However, it's rather easier to see why(...)

Bachelor Party (1985)

Patchy comedy about a wild party for a soon-to-be-married young man played with moderate charm by Tom Hanks. Aside from Hanks' likable presence, the film features an array of sleazy characters who instigate various vulgar sex escapades laced with the usual assortment of scatological jokes. There's a bit of high-minded philosophising amid the degenerate shenanigans:(...)

Back To School (1986)

Middle-aged Thornton Melon (Rodney Dangerfield) is the poster boy for self-made millionaires. He’s taken his immigrant father’s humble tailor shop and turned it into an national chain of Tall & Fat Shops. He went on from there to diversify until now he owns Melon Enterprises, a worldwide corporation. Thornton Melon is far from being a(...)

Back To The Beach (1987)

Back To The Beach (1987)

It's hard to imagine who Lyndall Hobbs thought would love her parody of early sixties beach movies like How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965) and Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) - kids who were too young to have seen the originals or ancient dodo's who remembered the old films with fondness. Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello are together again as Ohio(...)

Back To The Future (1985)

When Marty McFly is sent back to 1955 in Doc Brown's time-travelling De Lorean, he must successfully get his parents to fall in love. If not, he will be erased from existence. He and "Doc" (Dr Emmett Brown) also have to figure out how to generate 1.21 "jigawatts" of electricity in order to send him(...)

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