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A satire of army service and authority figures in general, the ribald comedy Stripes is buoyed by the strength of its cast and its unrelentingly goofy charm. Former Saturday Night Live cast member Bill Murray is at the heart of the film's affable, likable tone; his usual deadpan, laid-back self, Murray is perfectly suited to the meandering script and to Ivan Reitman's offbeat direction. Reitman also directed Murray in his first film role, 1979's Meatballs, and he surrounds the actor with experienced comic accompaniment, most notably from John Candy and Harold Ramis. The then little-known Bill Paxton, John Larroquette, Judge Reinhold, and Sean Young also make memorable appearances. Brendon Hanley, All Movie Guide

A charming and well-crafted comedy, Groundhog Day is that rare Bill Murray vehicle in which the material (and its execution) are every bit as good as the star's performance. Murray gives a top-shelf performance that covers a surprisingly broad emotional spectrum, and Andie MacDowell is luminous as Rita. Danny Rubin's screenplay and Harold Ramis's direction take a frankly unbelievable situation and treat it with enough realism to allow the audience to suspend disbelief; although the almost science-fiction premise resembles that of such serious experimental movies as Last Year at Marienbad (1961) and La jetée (1962), Groundhog Day grounds its high concept in romantic comedy, in the classic journey of a grump reformed, and in the details of ordinary life. The result is one of the richest and most dimensional comedies of the 1990s. Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Ghostbusters is an exuberant, fully realized blockbuster packed with plenty of choice moments for repeat viewing. The cast is pitch-perfect: Bill Murray's easygoing comic gifts are at their sarcastic best; Rick Moranis is hilariously pathetic; and Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis do a wonderful job as the dorky, science-minded members of the crew. Aykroyd and Ramis also wrote the one-liner-packed script; the wacky, scary subject matter made the film understandably popular with children, but there's also sophisticated humor which can only be appreciated by adults. Providing a blueprint for the many copycat summer hits to come, director Ivan Reitman impressively balances the laughs with action and horror. The special effects have held up well with time, though the soundtrack and its catch-phrase theme song may feel a little dated. Matthew Doberman, All Movie Guide