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Jabberwocky (1977)

An almost unexportable English comedy, one which takes its pleasure in the common schoolboy practice of fantasizing about the pigpen conditions of life in the oldendays. Even for viewers who've received a proper English education in Arthurian legends, it is probably not awfully intelligible. In the slough of messy atmospherics ... (PG)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Jack (1996)

Filmographically speaking, the seventh or so of Robin Williams's excuses to act like a child -- the closest in time and in alphabet to Jumanji, though in the second way almost as close, and in phonetics even closer, to Hook -- must command a certain amount of clinical interest. Not ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

The Jackal (1997)

Notwithstanding the dropping of three words of the title, the re-do of The Day of the Jackal has not approached its task with a mind to downsizing. Over and above the obligatory bigger gun and bigger action sequences, the principal accretion is in the recruitment of an incarcerated IRA "freedom ... (R)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Jack and Jill (2011)

A film about the perils of success. Watch Al Pacino do his damnedest to shed his legacy (and goof on his beloved Shakespeare while he’s at it). Watch Adam Sandler take the lash to himself for getting rich via crass hackwork. Watch them both pretend that what they really want ... (PG)

0.0 starsMatthew Lickona

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013)

The emphasis of Bad Grandpa is not so much on the daredevil stunts that made household names of Johnny Knoxville and the Jackass brand. Nor is there, apart from decorating the wall of a small town eatery with a duodenal Dali, much of the traditional dependence on doody humor. Instead, ... (R)

3.0 starsScott Marks

The Jacket (2005)

Time-travel contrivance, at least as convoluted as it is clever: a Gulf War vet, subjected to crackpot experiments in a mental hospital, bodily visits the future, accidentally bumps into a big girl whom he had once bumped into as a little girl, learns of his earlier death, endeavors to avert ... (R)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Jack Goes Boating (2010)

Comedy of awkwardness among emotional, possibly mental, cripples. (“I’m not ready yet for penis penetration.”) Undeniably painful, but not generally in a good way. Philip Seymour Hoffman preserves his stage role for eternity (his nervous throat-clearing, his woolen knit cap, his scraggly blond dreadlocks), important enough to him that he ... (R)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Jackie (2016)

Were it not for the giant blood stain on the lower-half of her fabled pink dress – a moment director Pablo Larraín takes his sweet time revealing in a startling pullback – and constant juxtaposition next to her husband’s casket, Jackie Kennedy could have just as easily been mistaken for ... (R)

4.0 starsScott Marks

Jackie Brown (1997)

At first, and for the better part of its two and a half hours, this is apt to seem an oddly unadventurous undertaking for Quentin Tarantino, a gabby adaptation of a novel by his revered Elmore Leonard (source of notoriously mediocre movies), draggy, only fitfully funny, lifelessly staged, largely static. ... (R)

3.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Jacknife (1989)

Stage play in close-up (Stephen Metcalfe's Strange Snow -- and whoever retitled it gets an "F" in spelling), about a reunion of two Vietnam vets and the interest one of them takes in the other one's sister. (It's a different-worlds romance, joining the worlds of the grease monkey and the ... (R)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Jack of the Red Hearts (2015)

Girl meets girl with autism. (NR)

None stars

Jackpot (2001)

Brutally boring road movie revolving around a feckless karaoke singer (Jon Gries), his unbeneficial manager (Garrett Morris), and a sententious unseen narrator (Patrick Bauchau): "Observation and perception are two separate things." Mark and Michael Polish, the twin brothers responsible for Twin Falls, Idaho (co-writing it while Michael alone was directing ... (R)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Jack Reacher (2012)

"A Tom Cruise Production" —it's the first thing you see on the screen, and it's all there is to know. Here, he plays Jack Reacher, an invincible, invisible genius who appears out of the mists of cliche to investigate a rogue sniper's shooting spree. (The opening scene, in which a ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsMatthew Lickona

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