Son of the Pink Panther (1993)

BLAKE EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  Italy/USA, 1993.  Filmauro, International Traders, United Artists.  Story by Blake Edwards, Screenplay by Blake Edwards, Madeline Sunshine, Steven Sunshine, based on characters created by Maurice Richlin, Blake Edwards.  Cinematography by Dick Bush.  Produced by Tony Adams, Friend Michael Wells.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Peter Mullins.  Costume Design by Annie Crawford.   Film Editing…

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Alive (1993)

FRANK MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/Canada, 1993.  Film Andes S.A., The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Paramount Pictures, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley, based on the book by Piers Paul Read.  Cinematography by Peter James.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Robert Watts.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Norman Reynolds.  Costume Design by Jennifer L. Parsons.  Film Editing by William Goldenberg, Michael…

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RoboCop 3 (1993)

FRED DEKKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1993.  Orion Pictures.  Story by Frank Miller, Screenplay by Frank Miller, Fred Dekker, based on characters created by Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner.  Cinematography by Gary B. Kibbe.  Produced by Patrick Crowley.  Music by Basil Poledouris.  Production Design by Hilda Stark.  Costume Design by Ha Nguyen.  Film Editing by Bert Lovitt.  Our cyberhero keeps blowing stuff up…

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Calendar

BB (out of 5) A photographer (Atom Egoyan, who also writes and directs) tours the beautiful Armenian countryside photographing churches for a calendar, enjoying the details of the buildings’ histories thanks to the accompaniment of his driver (Ashot Adamyan) and a translator (Arsinée Khanjian).  Throughout the footage of their explorations are interspersed flashes ahead to audio…

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The Young Girls Turns 25 (Les Demoiselles Ont Eu 25 ans) (1993)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  France, 1993.  Ciné Tamaris.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda.  Cinematography by Alexandre Auffort, Stephane Krausz, Patrick Mounoud, Georges Strouve, Agnes Varda.  Music by Michel Legrand, Jacques Loussier.  Cannes Film Festival 1993. It’s astounding how much love and affection Agnes Varda packs into 64 very short minutes. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary…

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Blue

BBB.5 (out of 5) Nearing the end of his life and losing his eyesight, filmmaker Derek Jarman made his last work without compromising his ability to have audiences see life through his perspective. A screen that is perpetually, endlessly blue appears for eighty minutes while music and a host of voices appear on the soundtrack,…

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Bodies, Rest & Motion

BB.5 (out of 5) Living in the barren landscape of Arizona, Bridget Fonda and boyfriend Tim Roth have decided to leave their life behind and make a new start in Montana.  Over the course of the next two days, they will come into contact with characters that will alter the outcome of their plans, with Roth wandering…

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Searching For Bobby Fischer

BBBB (out of 5) Young Josh Waitzin (Max Pomeranc) feels only passably amused by the activities and sports he enjoys with his friends, until one day in the park with his mother he discovers something captivating: chess. When his parents Fred and Bonnie (Joe Mantegna and Joan Allen) realize he’s something of a prodigy, they immediately…

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Iron Monkey (Siu nin Wong Fei Hung Ji: Tit ma lau)

BBB.5 (out of 5) With the success of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, movie distributors suddenly got hot to start releasing a whole slew of Asian martial arts films to theatres: this exciting and colourful adventure got a distribution in the United States eight years after its original release in China. It’s a period film that…

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Hard Target

BB.5 (out of 5) Well-meaning, fun action film signals John Woo’s U.S. debut and a big hit for Belgian kickboxing champ Jean-Claude Van Damme. He plays a Louisiana drifter who is hired by a desperate woman (Yancy Butler) looking for her missing father. Their investigation into his whereabouts result in the discovery of an underground…

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The Joy Luck Club

BBBB (out of 5) Amy Tan’s bestselling novel of intergenerational Asian women is brought to the big screen with its excellent story intact. A group of young Chinese-American women are in one way or another at a crossroads in their lives, until their mothers come along and tell them stories of their pasts that help…

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Heart And Souls

BBBB (out of 5) When four bus passengers (Alfre Woodard, Kyra Sedgwick, Tom Sizemore, David Paymer) are killed in a tragic accident, their afterlife spirits keep company with a young child until he is ten years old and they must break contact with him. Years later, they are brought back to his adult life (played…

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