Berkeley In The Sixties (1990)

MARK KITCHELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1990.  Kitchell Films, P.O.V. Theatricals.  Screenplay by Susan Griffin, Mark Kitchell, Stephen Most. Cinematography by Stephen Lighthill.  Produced by Mark Kitchell.  Film Editing by Veronica Selver.  Academy Awards 1990.  Students from the Berkeley campus of the University of Southern California were enraged by the HUAC hearings in…

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Hamlet (1990)

FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom/France, 1990.  Canal+, Carolco Pictures, Icon Productions, Marquis, Nelson Entertainment, Sovereign Pictures.  Screenplay by Christopher De Vore, Franco Zeffirelli, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Dyson Lovell.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Dante Ferretti.  Costume Design by Maurizio Millenotti.  Film Editing by Richard…

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Ghost (1990)

JERRY ZUCKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1990.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin.  Cinematography by Adam Greenberg.  Produced by Lisa Weinstein.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Jane Musky.  Costume Design by Ruth Morley.  Film Editing by Walter Murch.  Academy Awards 1990.  Golden Globe Awards 1990.   Audiences always love a good romance, and when it’s spiced up by a nifty murder mystery and…

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Metropolitan (1990)

WHIT STILLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1990.  Westerly Films, Allagash Films, Westerly Film.  Screenplay by Whit Stillman.  Cinematography by John Thomas.  Produced by Whit Stillman.  Music by Tom Judson, Mark Suozzo.  Costume Design by Mary Jane Fort.  Film Editing by Christopher Tellefsen.  Academy Awards 1990.  Independent Spirit Awards 1990.  National Board of Review Awards 1990.   New York Film Critics Awards 1990.   Whit…

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The Field (1990)

JIM SHERIDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Ireland/United Kingdom, 1990.  Granada Television, Noel Pearson, Sovereign Pictures.  Screenplay by Jim Sheridan, based on the play by John B. Keane.  Cinematography by Jack Conroy.  Produced by Noel Pearson.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Frank Conway.  Costume Design by Joan Bergin.  Film Editing by J. Patrick Duffner.  Academy Awards 1990.  Golden Globe Awards 1990.   Exceptional drama based on…

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Flatliners (1990)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1990.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Stonebridge Entertainment.  Screenplay by Peter Filardi.  Cinematography by Jan de Bont.  Produced by Rick Bieber, Michael Douglas.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Eugenio Zanetti.  Costume Design by Susan Becker.  Film Editing by Robert Brown.  Academy Awards 1990. Apparently medical school doesn’t keep you busy enough: a group of students find…

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Pretty Woman (1990)

GARRY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1990.  Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners IV.  Screenplay by J.F. Lawton.  Cinematography by Charles Minsky.  Produced by Arnon Milchan, Steven Reuther.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by Raja Gosnell, Priscilla Nedd-Friendly.  Academy Awards 1990.  Golden Globe Awards 1990.   After you have finished enjoying the adorably…

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Awakenings (1990)

PENNY MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1990.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Parkes/Lasker productions.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Oliver Sacks. Cinematography by Miroslav Ondricek.  Produced by Lawrence Lasker, Walter F. Parkes.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by Anton Furst.  Costume Design by Cynthia Flynt.  Film Editing by Battle Davis, Gerald B. Greenberg.  Academy Awards 1990.  Golden Globe Awards…

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Journey Of Hope

BBBB (out of 5) Original title:  Reise Der Hoffnung A Turkish family from a tiny village are swept away by dreams of prosperity in Europe and decide to make the perilous journey towards a “better life”. A married couple with five children, they decide to go it alone and leave their brood in the care of…

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Cyrano De Bergerac (1990)

BBBB (out of 5) Gerard Depardieu is a compelling Cyrano, a nobleman with a laughably big nose who falls in love with the beautiful Roxane (Anne Brochet) but instantly assumes he cannot have her because of his face. When a young soldier (Vincent Perez) confides to Cyrano that he is in love with Roxane, Cyrano coaches…

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Days Of Thunder

BB (out of 5) The formula is mighty tired in this completely unoriginal race-car film starring Tom Cruise.  Presumably intended as a project for Cruise to incorporate his love of car racing into his work, the story is basically a rehash of Top Gun: cocky young man is so good at what he does he’s…

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Avalon (1990)

BARRY LEVINSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1990.  TriStar Pictures, Baltimore Pictures.  Screenplay by Barry Levinson.  Cinematography by Allen Daviau.  Produced by Mark Johnson, Barry Levinson.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by Norman Reynolds.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by Stu Linder.  Academy Awards 1990.  Golden Globe Awards 1990.  National Board of Review Awards 1990.  New York Film Critics Awards…

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